In the Works ~ Weather Lapbook

P chose weather as his next topic for a lapbook! One of the things we are focusing on is clouds, he is very into clouds. I got him this cool version of Little Cloud: A Draw-with-Chalk Book (The World of Eric Carle) a few weeks ago and was excited to show it to him for school today! He loved it!!

Here is the follow up activity we did, where he learned the names of different types of clouds.

Still Reading!

Independent reading is still happening and we are continuing to add 1 minute per day to the clock. I am beyond thrilled to report that P is loving it! I went searching the house for all of the books I could find to fill his box. I located his I Can Spell Words With Four Letters (I Can Spell) book, which he has never really liked much. He busted it out today and played almost the whole time with it, making and reading 4 letter words!

Christmas ~ Little Laplinks

I know I have already posted about my Christmas Symbols lapbook, but I was a bit ahead of the game! For December, Little Laplinks, hosted by Little Blots of Faith, is collecting info for Christmas lapbooks! Instead of info, I have a whole lapbook to share! I wanted to re post so I could connect it to Little Laplinks. So, here is my link to all of my info, which was mainly gathered from this site, and put together into a lapbook, with pdf file hosted here.

Independent Reading

We all hope our children will become kids who LOVE to read. I don’t know about you but my son was not born loving books. He likes them, he just doesn’t LOVE them, like I do! His little brother (19 mos) LOVES books, and of course it has me all excited! You can imagine my smile as I walked in on P reading and giggling today. He continued giggling long enough for me to capture this unstaged shot (thankfully the camera is always close by). I am having P read by himself using his easy reader box, we began at 10 minutes and are adding 1 minute per day. He is LOVING this. Until now, independent reading had been something that just sort of fit in the day. I have felt the need to plug this into our daily schedule now and already we are both loving it!

What does he read? Here’s some of the books that are in his easy reader box.
Brand New Readers (we have multiple sets of these)
Now I’m Reading!: Look Around! (we have this set and others)
Open Court Readers (we had these donated from a school)
Reading Rod Readers
Phonics books from his Calvert Curriculumn
A few Sunshine Readers (I used to teach public school K and we used these tons)
He also has a few Step Into Reading books that he really likes right now

Giant Pandas ~ Lapbook

It’s finished! This was such a fun lapbook to do since P was SOOOO into it! He learned so much and so did I! We did a little KWL mini book and I was amazed today when he quoted many, many panda facts on his own for the final “L” page! My parents also surprised him with a stuffed panda when we went to visit them for Thanksgiving, he is in love with it so we used this for the cover of his lapbook!Here’s the inside:
Top Left: Panda True/False quiz (with answers stapled underneath)
Bottom Left: “Panda/PacMan” minibook, we compared panda facts to P, (ex: “Pandas favorite treat is apples, P’s favorite treat is watermelon.”)
Middle Top: Panda quiz, with pages we learned from underneath of it.
Middle Bottom: Panda info
Top Right: Tian Tian minibook
Middle Right: KWL minibook
Bottom Right: Panda Maze
And the back, his copy work from Draw Write Now, Book 7: Animals of the World, Forest Animals