Joseph, Emma, and Daniel each wrapped up their month long unit studies and glued together lapbooks yesterday. They were so excited – it has been a long time since we’ve lapbooked and seeing a finished creation is so motivating. I’ll show you exactly what made it into each lapbook below. Are you ready for a lot of pictures?
Daniel’s Praying Mantis Lapbook – all the printables for this lapbook are free on Homeschool Share. The flaps on the right are about places mantises can be found.
Here you can see a few flaps including the world’s largest and smallest mantises. We measured them out – 10 inches is scary big! On the right is the back cover is a copy of Daniel’s report on praying mantises. We broke the process up into stages, first he dictated one index card of information each day to Mommy, then it was typed up by Daddy word for word, and the final edit involved reading the report and adding anything else Daniel wanted to make it sound right.
This page has the mantis life cycle, diet, hunting habits and more. You can see again how allowing Daniel to dictate his thoughts means we get a much fuller description of things like the stages of the praying mantis life cycle – he talks, I write. I highly recommend this process of jotting down a child’s words for them! They have so much to say and are not quite at the fine motor control to write it all themselves at age 6.
Emma’s Snake Lapbook – We received this snake lapbook years ago as part of our Lifetime Membership at Hands of a Child and I printed out the pieces Emma wanted to use. She loved the diagram of a snake head. (There is a free snake lapbook on Homeschool Share too, by the way.)
When it was time to do a cinquain she chose the topic ‘rattlesnake’ and had fun illustrating it. Another ‘Emma’ thing I noticed is in the snake life cycle diagram – she drew a clock to show it takes time for a snake to grow before it is ready to shed it’s skin. Funny girl!
And last but not least, here are a few more flaps with information and Emma’s report on snakes. She followed a similar writing process, with index card notes done over a week, Daddy typing her cards into a document, and editing that document with Mommy. The difference is that at age 8 she did most of the writing on the index cards and some of the typing/editing with Mommy.
Joseph’s Lego Lapbook – While Joseph’s Lego study has ranged far and wide this month we stuck with the basic lapbook Ami offers free at Walking By the Way. Joseph simply isn’t a fan of lapbooking. The large flap on the right is his cinquain poem written in very small letters.
Here you can see some definitions he did and an estimation activity. The activity was fun and simple. He used a cup to scoop up some Legos, estimated how many would be there, then counted and compared the actual number. When he repeated the activity his estimation was much closer to reality.
On the left he found Denmark on a map and included two vocabulary word flaps. On the right is his Lego History report. Again, a similar process was followed to his siblings, with Joseph writing notes on index cards, Daddy typing those into a document, and editing done with Mommy.
If you’ve read some of my previous Lego unit study posts you’ve seen the flag of Denmark and a mosaic each made out of Legos. One day this month he was inspired by the construction workers tearing up the street outside our door to create this Lego minifigure digging up the road.
After a full month exploring topics of their own choosing they have fun memories and lapbooks to enjoy. I can’t wait to see what they learn about next! Have your children tried lapbooking?