Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lap Books with Little Ones

A couple of weeks ago, when the older two were busy with standardized testing, Row and Joe and I read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie together and made lapbooks. It was just right for Rowan, since she's good with scissors and there was a lot of cutting involved. Joseph liked the gluing part and putting stickers on, and I'm glad I included him, too. One of the things I did was have each child tell their own version of the story, beginning with "If you give a girl a cookie" or "If you give a boy a cookie." Joseph's made me laugh.

Lily and I also made a lapbook recently for Chrysanthemum. She really enjoyed the process and the activities were fun: everything from writing a poem using the first letters of your name, to talking about Bible verses that deal with kind words.
If you have some time and a good printer (thanks, Mom and Dad!), you might want to check out all the neat free lap books here.

Lapbooks aren't just for little ones, by the way. Keely and Noah each made one before the election last year.


Dana said...

Do you need to have a color printer to really appreciate the free lapbooks?

Candice said...

I don't think so, Dana. Your kids might want to do more coloring and decorating, though. Some of the printables might have 'color' and 'b&w' options; I'm not sure.

Lavonne said...

LOVE THESE! Hey, I was wondering if you had any suggestions for Biblical based and internationally focused curriculum for my almost 6 yr. old. We "sort of" completed Kindergarten this year, but probably need a little more math. We've almost finished the "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons", and he is ready pretty well. (Not sure how to get in touch since I don't see you on FB anymore!)

Candice said...

Hey, Lavonne! Funny you should ask about curriculum; we are headed to our local homeschool conference today! Although I personally have not used either of these (We loosely follow 'The Well Trained Mind' and the classical model), I have heard great things about Sonlight (more of an international focus), and My Father's World. Also, we use Saxon for math and I love it. Very thorough and easy for a non-math person like me to teach. Hope that helps!