Archives for June 2008

Human Body ~ Lapbook

Better late than never!!! We FINALLY finished our gigantic human body lapbook!!! I honestly forgot about it until last week when I saw it in our drawer!! I knew we only had a few spaces left in it to fill with some review items but still hadn’t found what I wanted to use for fun/review. Then I found a new lapbook on Homeschool Share (such a wonderful site) and found exactly what I was looking for!!!
This is a huge lapbook, the biggest we have ever done, so this will be a long post since I like to share all of the links for what we used to make it easy for someone else who would like to do the same thing! First, here is our webpage for this lapbook, I made 2 of the templates for this lapbook, you can download those there.
I made the cover in Publisher, using a recent photo I had of him. I put Psalm 139:14 down in the corner.
This is the very back, on top are body part riddles and on the bottom, a list of some interesting facts about the body.

When you first unfold it, you see this. On the left is something cool my friend Shannon gave us, I have no idea where she got it! On the right is all of our Spanish work-learning body parts in Spanish! We used Sold on Spanish for the printouts.
Open the left side and you see this….
I made him a little flap book (on the left) all about how he has grown through the years. He wrote a bit about each stage of his life. On the right, he told me what he knew and wanted to know about the body and drew me a picture of the body. On the bottom is a printable I made. In the yellow checked pocket, are fingerprint art cards, from the book Ed Emberley’s Fingerprint Drawing Book, as well as fingerprints from all of our family members–which we used to compare and discuss. The other parts are from the curriculum book we used to base this unit on–How Your Body Works. I highly recommend this book, it was an excellent resource for us. The next section was all about senses and the neurological system. Again, the printables are from the book mentioned above. On the left are a few things cut out from here.In the middle of this section are also printable from the book. I made a pocket to hold the 3 mini books. On the left is a review of the different systems, as well as a Bible verse. On the right is the Ouch mini book I made.

Finally is the section about the skeletal system. All printables are from the book.We also added the body parts songs/poems to a side flap, as well as the body parts counting game and the labeling body parts review. A HUGE thank you to the creators of this wonderful lapbook from Homeschool Share, it is great!!

If you’d like to see our other posts about this lapbook, click here. Click here to go to the webpage about this lapbook!

Introducing ~ The Tot-Book!

The Tot Book

God has planted a new idea in my head, I hope many of you might find this idea useful too. The idea itself has been rolling in my brain for awhile now, but finally came all together last week and now I am ready to share our first Tot-Book! I have wanted to begin making lapbooks with K when he showed readiness signs (you know-not ripping up every paper he sees 😉 ). But, I knew a full sized lapbook was just too much for a little guy. Then I saw this great idea to cut a file folder in half a couple of months ago. Still, my idea hadn’t come together.

Finally last week, it hit me! I decided to run with the idea of taking the skills I hope to expose K to (ABC’s, colors, shapes, etc.) and put them into themed miniature lapbooks for him. Hoping the theme would draw him in since he already loves it! I chose the first theme of Cars (the Disney movie) since he ADORES the movie and cars in general. I thought that would be a great place to start–man was I right! Before I keep blabbing on, here is a photo of the Tot-Book (yup, I decided to give them a name too, so people would know what I was talking about when I wrote about them and shared them).

He began with the Cars Colors mini book and this was the first time he repeated colors back to me while using the correct color crayon! I was thrilled. He loved the Cars, so he was more than interested enough to discuss a few colors! He even read along with me, it was great!Then I put the rest of it together for him, and let him explore it. He was VERY interested in it since it had all of his “friends” in it. We were able to spend a long time together because it kept his interest.I put a piece of construction paper on the back to make it more sturdy and let him decorate the back with Cars stickers. As he grows I hope to begin letting him illustrate something from the theme. I love the early drawings so very much–don’t we all?! I think these will be wonderful keepsakes and memories of his tot years. His favorite part is definitely the “My Name” fold out book. I don’t know if he loves the way it folds or if he loves that it is his name. I printed this on card stock for durability, and so far he is following the *be gentle* rule well. 😉

I plan to continue to make these and have them available on our website for anyone to download and use. Here is the link to the new Tot-Books page! On the page you will see the list of Tot-Books I am planning to work on, obviously focusing on K’s natural interests. Hopefully some of your kiddos will have similar interests and you can use these too!


See all of our Theme Based Learning Printables here!Printable Theme Packs

A House For Hermit Crab ~ Lapbook

We used the great ideas from Homeschool Share’s, A House for Hermit Crab lapbook. Over on the right in the orange book, we put all of the animal info pages from Enchanted Learning. In the middle he did two drawings from Draw Write Now, Book 6: Animals Habitats — On Land, Pond & Rivers, Oceans Right flap folded in..
On the back I printed the Bible Verse using our Start Write software (I still love this).
I made up little Popsicle stick puppets which we used every time we read the story (which was MANY times). I got most of the patterns here, but also added the rocks and anemone (at Pax’s request) which I got from Microsoft clipart. He really loved these.
We did this lapbook last month as a intro to our summer ocean lapbooks. It was a great beginning, we both really enjoyed it.

In the Works ~ Ocean Lapbook

P was excited to work on these with me today… I printed them on card stock from here. Together we laminated them (using our wonderful Scotch Thermal Laminator which we got from Costco a few months ago). I wrote the names in pencil on the back so he could familiarize himself with the many different types of dolphins there are.

I got K involved today as we played together with one of his favorite books, Textured Soft Shapes: High Tidewhich happens to be about the ocean! He loves this book and can name the 4 animals in it: sea horse, crab, fish, and starfish!Below P is coloring ocean animals in Spanish. He also completed the labeling for his dolphin anatomy sheet. He is smiling and looking like he is loving it, but don’t be fooled, he wasn’t all that thrilled with ocean learning projects today! All he REALLY wanted to do was the laminating!

In the Works ~ Ocean Lapbook

We are beginning our summer lapbooking project, which P is enjoying since he chose the theme! This summer he chose the ocean, with a specific focus on dolphins, whales, and sharks. We are going to Sea World in September which will be a wonderful finale!

Here he is reading the book, Dolphin’s Big Leap, which we got for about a dollar at a consignment sale…it’s a great book! And he wrote his own “easy reader” about a dolphin. He began writing books awhile back, and is still doing this periodically. He writes longer stories (usually having one illustration and lots of writing), or easy readers (several illustrations with a simple sentence on each). He came up with this on his own, I let the writing be guided by him. Today he felt like making an easy reader!
I am still not entirely sure how I will put the lapbook(s) together. I am trying to be very laid back this summer and not push school type things much. I really want it to be fun and a break for all of us. So far it is going well! I think with this break, we will all be ready to get back to school when it is time (I haven’t exactly decided when that is!).

I got our webpage started for this lapbook theme, although there isn’t much up there yet besides our books!