So about a week ago I told you all that we were beginning our study into some lapbooks. One to learn more about President's Day and the other about the Olympics. Well I am pleased to announce that our President's Day Lapbook has been completed. Arianna loves to be able to color and craft during school. She thinks she's not really "doing" school, even though she really is. This one is better then the last ones we completed at the beginning of the year. She was able to write more of the information herself which is a huge accomplishment. She is learning cursive handwriting (we use the Italic Handwriting Series by Getty & Dubay ) and loved having the opportunity to use her new techniques in the lapbook. We think it turned out great. I'm posting a few pictures so you can see what the finished product looks like.
For those of you not familiar with lapbooks, they are manilla (or any color) file folders that you fold each side into the center. Sometimes you add a flap (like we did) which is a file folder cut in half and then taped into the center of the original lapbook. Sometimes you will have double or even triple folders (which our Olympic lapbook is) depending on the information/topic being covered.
The particular lapbook guide we were using offered more activities then Arianna is able to handle as a 1st grader. So I just picked the ones I thought she'd be able to understand and enjoy learning about. Then at another time we can use this same lapbook, do different activities and get a different result. It also allows me to be able to use a resource on more occassions and get more bang for my buck. That I like a lot.
Well, I need to get back to schooling - math is calling ... then on to the Olympic lapbook (which we are planning on finishing by the end of the current Olympics.)