Archives for February 2008

In the Works ~ USA lapbook

We are traveling from Africa back to America and now working on a lapbook all about the United States! P is WAY into this too, I think geography is going to be one of our favorite subjects, he really seems to love learning about it. I really like our Social Studies book from Calvert and was excited to see that USA and map reading came up next. We are taking it much further than the actual book, and will be adding other things to our lapbook, stay tune for more in progress posts and the final post with photos and links of the completed project!

He is coloring his own map of the USA, doing a few states a day.
And, he adores this puzzle, he’s already done it 3-4 times in 2 days! A bit of advice, when Target has educational items in their dollar section, BUY THEM!!! I got this puzzle, some state flash cards and a USA workbook all for $3 total (1 each) about a year ago, knowing I would use it eventually! I was right, he loves it and it is a wonderful addition to our study!

Sponsored Child ~ Lapbook

It’s finished! I have to say this has been BY FAR my favorite lapbook ever. It has been such a joy to learn alongside my son. This topic was near to our hearts and we truly were touched by learning all about Albert’s life and the work that World Vision/Compassion does in Rwanda. I feel more called than ever to these two beautiful kids we sponsor through these amazing organizations. P and I have begun praying for God to pave the way for us to visit our sponsored children someday in Rwanda.

Not only was this my favorite lapbook ever, it took the most planning and work on my part since I have never seen this done before. I created many of my own things, which has also led to the introduction of a new site where I am hosting the lapbook templates I have created.

Here is the finished lapbook, and a few in progress shots from the final work we did. You can find more photos and pdf files of all of the things I created, as well as links to the items and info I got online at the new site.He used our Draw Write Now, Book 8: Animals of the World, Dry Land Animals (Draw-Write-Now) to draw a zebra and a giraffe on the cover. He also drew the flag of Rwanda.This is the back…we learned a lot of geography through this lapbook, it was wonderful!This is a tri-fold I created to teach him about the foods eaten and crops grown in Rwanda.Below is a great template I got from Homeschool Share, where they offer tons of free country templates.Here he is working on the template I created for him to compare/contrast himself with Albert. He LOVED this! He was especially excited to see that they would both turn 6 within a few months from each other! If any of you know our story, you know we are not financially wealthy, but we make it a priority to sponsor these children (both are HOPE kids, living in AIDS communities, so their cost is a bit higher). YOU can do it to! But don’t just sponsor… take this as an opportunity to make geography come alive as you learn about your sponsored child’s country. Help your own child learn to not take American life for granted by teaching them all about the life of their sponsored child. Write and send small items to your sponsored child often so the “fire” never dies in their heart. If you have any questions about sponsorship, let me know in a comment, I would be glad to help in any way I can!

Connecting Online…

The whole reason I began this blog was to make connections with other homeschooling parents. To give and share, to grow and learn…all to become a better mom and homeschool teacher! It has been such a blessing, both to give and receive through this online journey. Tonight as I was checking my bloglines, I found out that Heather from Being Mrs. Momma gave me this…

It means a lot because it lets me know that connections have been made. So, as a way to say thanks to some of you who have inspired me, here’s who I am giving the award to! Don’t feel obligated to play along, I know some of you don’t *do* these types of things, but in case you check in and find your name, it’s my way of saying thanks! These are mostly homeschooling blogs, but also a few that aren’t!

Little Blots of Faith
Walking by the Way

One Little, Two Little
and a blog I just started reading, Smooth Stones Academy
Here are the rules for passing it on…By accepting this Excellent Blog Award, you have to award it to 10 more people who’s blogs you find Excellent Award worthy. You can give it to as many people as you want but please award at least 10. Thank you out there for having such great blogs and being such great friends! You deserve this! Feel free to award people who have already been awarded…

Weather ~ Lapbook

We finished our lapbook on weather awhile ago, I am just getting around to the final photo/link post! I never did get a photo of the back, but it is a simple weekly weather recording chart where he filled in the weather each day for a week.

Here is the inside of the lapbook…
Top Left: How Big is the Sun? {under Astronomy, sample}
Bottom Left: a thermometer from his Calvert K science kit
Top Middle: How to Stay Safe in a Thunderstorm, I made a simple form. We used the book, Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll as our inspiration for this part.
Middle: Weather Labeling {members section}
Bottom Middle: Clouds {members section}
Top Right: The Sun, a mini book I made
Middle Right: weather words he learned accordian fold
Bottom Right: Snowflakes mini book {members section} This is the first lapbook we have done that has sort of fizzled…you know? We both lost interest as we went along. I think because it was in the midst during the holidays and then drug out past vacation and such. It just took us too long, we’re both glad it’s done! He did learn a lot though, I just should have been a more interesting teacher with this one!

Penguins ~ Lapbook

We have had our lapbook done for awhile but I didn’t get around to getting the pictures and links up until now! Here is the link to the original Little Laplinks post which now has the photos and links added to the bottom!