Inspired Ideas ~ Money Lapbook

First, a thanks to One Little, Two Little for sharing these great money cards, which are found here. Finding this, and also the fact that we are right smack in the middle of our coin identification math lessons has inspired me to do a money lapbook with P!

I have started just making my own stuff if I can’t find exactly what I want. I wanted a mini book, couldn’t find one I liked, so I made this one, “What’s It Worth?”. You can download a pdf of the minibook, here.We are also using a poem, most have seen it, I’m sure (it was around years ago when I taught K!). I just put my own graphics on it, you can download a pdf of the one I made, here.I also found this site, that has some good money resources, MoneyInstructor.com.

It will be a simple lapbook, focusing on identifying coins and adding coins. We’re having fun with it! I will post photos when it is complete, or if I add anything else along the way! Let me know if you have any resources for an early elementary money lapbook!

Penguins ~ Little Laplinks

It’s time for January’s Little Laplinks! We are going to do a lapbook about penguins and since Valerie put up a great lapbook that she created, and Squidoo has an awesome penguin lapbook lens, I thought I would share my list of books I plan to order or check out from the library to supplement our lapbook!

Penguin (Watch Me Grow)
Busy Penguins
Plenty of Penguins
The Penguin Family Book
These Birds Can’t Fly (Rookie Read-About Science)
Penguins!
Penguin Chick (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)
The Penguin: A Funny Bird (Animal Close-Ups)
All Aboard Science Reader Station Stop 2 Emperor Penguins (All Aboard Science Reader)
SeaWorld Library #2: Baby Penguin
Nanu, Penguin Chick
The Emperor’s Egg, a Read and Wonder Book

And in case you REALLY want to spoil your kid, here’s this adorable Webkinz Lil Kinz Penguin! If you don’t know about Webkinz, you can check out their site here. My son has one little dog and he enjoys his computer time playing on their site. I enjoy the learning that takes place while he thinks he is “playing.” :)

And, at the last minute I found this cute penguin to make! We used to do projects like these in my K class when I taught school. They are great for listening to directions (also cutting, shapes, colors, etc.).

Added 1/31/08…

Here’s out completed Lapbook Photos and links for items we used!
The Cover…
The Inside…
Bottom Left: Penguin cards
Bottom Middle: Penguin Growth
Top Right: map of the southern hemisphere, showing where penguins live

The Back… Drawing and copywork from Draw Write Now, Book 4: The Polar Regions, Arctic, Antarctic (Draw-Write-Now)

Learning through giving…

We are missionaries, and have been since our oldest son was not even 2, so it’s all he’s really known. We live and serve full time in the heart of the inner city. We moved here almost 4 years ago from a quiet southern suburban neighborhood, living the “American Dream.” This is not the life I had intended to have for my children and family but it is certainly the life God has chosen for us and I love it. Being in full time ministry, you’d think it would be easy to teach my son about those less fortunate than us. We live amongst great poverty, crime, and filth. But I have noticed (at least at this age) he doesn’t even notice the differences around us, probably since it’s where he lives.

Recently a co-worker of ours went to Africa (Kenya) for 3 weeks to serve and P learned all about this since he is very close to her. This spurred an interest in Africa and for some reason he became very prayerful and concerned about people living in Africa who struggle to have clean water. We began reading about this and learning bits and pieces. I began praying about what to do with his interest.

Our family sponsors a little girl through Compassion. She lives in Rwanda, she is 11 years old right now, and we have sponsored her for over 5 years. As P became so interested in Africa it occured to me that sponsoring another child would be great for him. I decided to go with World Vision this time, just to change it up a bit, and I selected a boy, also in Rwanda, hoping we might be able to visit them someday. I found a boy with a birthday only 2 months apart from P, whose main chore is carrying water! I received the wonderful sponsorship packet in the mail a couple of weeks before Christmas and we gave it to him as one of his Christmas gifts this year. Our kids get very spoiled by the grandparents on both sides, we don’t buy them much at all, as we don’t believe in having tons of stuff. We felt that giving P the gift of sponsorship and a relationship to develop with another child would be one of the best things we could give him.

I’d like to introduce you to Albert, here is a tiny bit of info about him… (from the WV website)
Albert lives with his grandparents and has no brothers or sisters. His grandparents struggle to provide for the family.
Albert and his family live in a community severely affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis. In some communities, AIDS affects the entire social structure as a generation of hardworking adults is being wiped out. Frightened children and exhausted grandparents rarely have money for food, school, or medical care.

Albert is not in school at this time. He likes to play ball games. He helps at home by carrying water. He is in satisfactory health.


I am planning to begin a lapbook focusing on Rwanda, where Albert lives. I want to teach P all about the country and the life children like Albert live. If anyone has done anything like this, please let me know!

Telling Time

In math we are working on telling time and this book Tell Time with The Very Busy Spider (The World of Eric Carle) which I have had for a long time finally came in handy! It was perfect for our lesson today! He’s been telling time to the hour for about a year now, but now we’re building on that. Today’s lesson was about am and pm, I had him organize our day and then we read this book together, as he moved the clock around. I added in am and pm as we read to help with that too. I love books and hands on learning, thus my love for this great book!

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.