Wednesday, March 5, 2008

...for Lapbooking!!!

We have enjoyed lapbooking so much since first introduced to the concept. In the next couple of weeks, we will be putting together a Lapbook on Easter from In The Hands of a Child (an awesome site for all of your Lapbooking needs).

I am very excited about this lapbooking project as it will cover the true reason for our observance of Easter, the resurrection of Christ Jesus!!

The Easter Project has 15 different activities which will be included in the final project. There are timelines, vocabulary words, and a more in-depth look at the Easter Story...from Jesus' entering the city on a donkey through what happened at Pentecost. All of the templates are ready for printing, and this time around we will be trying their new 'Type It In' feature! What an awesome way to get the kids going on their keyboarding skills!! Instead of the kids having to write all the information onto their booklets, they can first type in the answer and then print it out. So many skills are covered when we do lapbooking! There are even some foreign language skills introduced. The kids will be learning the name of Passover in variety of languages! We will also be discussing the different ways other countries celebrate Easter, which leads us to the only drawback, in my opinion, of this project. The last activity deals with common Easter symbols (in America), including bunnies, baskets, and eggs. We may talk about why Easter is typically observed this way in our day, but we probably will not spend the extra time making the booklet.

In the Hands of a Child has always done a bang up job, in my humble opinion, putting their resources together. They tell you exactly what to do, give you some background information on each step, and even include links to other resources/web pages for a more thorough investigation of the topic.

...and right now, they are having a 'Buy Two Get One Free' sale over on their site!! How exciting is that?!?!?! Head on over to In the Hands of a Child, and learn more about Lap Booking. Also, if you sign up for their newsletter, they have a quarterly freebie.

Stay tuned as we post pictures going through the lapbook process...and of the final product!!! Marlee and David have really enjoyed our lapbooking times and In the Hands of a Child has made the job quite easy for me!!!


thehappypetersons said...

I'm so glad you're doing this! We have only attempted one lap book, which is still in progress. Sarah is doing the one on modesty. She's mostly doing it on her own. I don't have much of a grip on how to do this together as a family. Do you all make separate lapbooks or only one between all of you? I look forward to following your progress.


KeepItSimple said...

Hey Susan...

I have each of the kids make their own, if we are covering a topic that interests each of the kids. Sometimes they do individual ones that the other is not interested in and/or does not pertain. For example, Marlee is slowly working on one for horses, and David has done one on pirates. They both did one for Valentine's Day, and they will both do one for Easter. Oh, we are also putting together one during history this year. Their history focuses on Creation/Ancient Egypt, so we are putting together a lapbook on the Old Testament as we work through the year. I have a little box on my desk where their completed booklets go until the end of the year when we will put the actual lapbooks together.

So, that was a long answer to a simple question.

They are a lot of fun - and I love the completed product!!

Blessings -