Wednesday, November 3, 2010

CARS Lapbook

Lightning McQueen is Eli's favorite movie, favorite books, everything.  So I really wanted to make him a lapbook with those themed activities, but this awesome totbook is much too easy for a 4-yr old, so I enhanced it to make it more appropriate for Eli's skill level.  

Inside View
 all the stuff pulled out and opened

time for the fun!

1.Trace inside the title letters{Cars}.
2. Color Lightning McQueen.  Glue both 1 and 2 to cover.
 3. Read Lightning McQueen story and talk about Bible verse.  This Bible verse image is from my friend Randi (thanks!!)
4.  Name book.  I typed the letters for Eli's name but arranged them in the wrong order.  I cut the strip of letters from the paper, and then had Eli cut the letters apart, put them in the correct order, and glue them to his name book.
 a happy observer
 5. Counting cards. Put them in order.
 6. Cars color book.
 7. A pocket of maze cards, laminated so he could do them again and again with dry erase markers.  Make sure to wipe them clean right away or you'll really be scrubbing later. Maze1, Maze2, Maze 3 (I thought I saved the link but now I can't find it).
 8. -ar word family.
 9. This doesn't really go in the lapbook, but it's a worksheet that leads into the next activity.
 10. Read and color mini book.  I made a pocket for it so Eli could take it out and read it easier.

Train Lapbook

Most of our resources came from HERE, and there were still things I didn't have room to include!

the cover
 the inside view, with extra flap (blue page) folded down
 the inside view, extra flap folded up
the extra flap

First Eli started by painting these shapes, although I didn't tell him yet what he was going to be using them for.  We let them sit to dry while we moved on to the rest of his activities.
I love to watch him paint.
put the train cars in order

then count the circus animals and put them in the correct train car
vocabulary fan book
cutting the pictures to go in the vocab book
practicing writing the letter T

telling time.  look at the clock on the train ticket, tell me what time it says, I write it in digital form on the ticket, then he punches the correct number holes for the time.  I was really excited for this part, but the puncher actually ended up being pretty tricky for his little hands.  He loved the tickets though and telling time, and he still gets them out again to play!

a train color-by-number page I found just to add to his folder (you can find it HERE)
T words mini book.  I printed these on sticker paper just to have something different from gluing and pasting.
exploring everything again

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Card Game: War

Such a simple game, I just realized it was one I could teach Eli to practice "which number is higher" idea!  (if you're not familiar with it, you can read the general rules of the game HERE) We played with three players and even four would be good, vs only two players.  He caught right on, even with the Jack-Queen-King thing.  Ace was a little tricky to remember, but whatever.  Fun was had!  Though we did play for only awhile {not completion. IS there completion to that game??} because well, it's kind of a boring game.  But still, fun way to practice numbers, different from Uno!

Book: Red Are the Apples

I'm going to be adding a couple more things to this blog, so here you'll find weekly lessons, complete lapbooks, short book activities, Sunday school lessons, and game ideas.  

This is a book I'd gotten at the library and I put together a little activity to go with it.  It was mostly for Hannah actually, since I knew it would be pretty easy for Eli, but of course he enjoyed it as well!

Book: Red Are the Apples by Marc Harshman

The book goes like this, "The morning is cool in the fall of the year. We explore our garden, to see what is here. Brown is the soil, loose and fine, that's helped the beans to leaf and vine.  White are the beans...Yellow's the corn..., etc" So that explains a little of the format of the project....

prep work: make a document with colored color words spread out on the paper. find clipart images of each color item (pumpkin, white beans, corn, apple, black hat, eggplant, leaves, brown soil)
like this
kids do: glue the picture items above the corresponding color

 I love watching little ones working hard and concentrating
 the completed project
 ...and an excited boy.

And yes, I'm sure you could do a whole hoard of things relating to book themes. But I don't have a lot of time, so I prefer to keep it simple. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Princess Lapbook

My goodness, it's hard for me to get posts up for these little school lessons.  I still have a whole week of Firefighting lessons, a week of lessons about Grapes, and now we're starting lapbooks.  I did one for Hannah and one for Eli.  Here's Hannah's princess/Cinderella-themed lapbook that she got to do while Eli was at preschool one morning:

the cover
when you open it
First she glued the letters on for her name to make a little name book.

Then she got to explore everything else--the color book, shapes book, counting cards, Bible verse, and petal book in which she got to do more gluing.
Oh I love those little hands!


*The counting cards, name book, color book, and shapes book are from 1+1+1=1 website HERE.
* I wanted to fill it out more so I also used the Bible verse book and petal book from the Homeschool Share website HERE.
* The cover is just a coloring page I found online, colored on the computer and printed. (It was supposed to be pink, but it printed purple. Whatever)
* The God's Little Princess image is just a cropped image of the God's Little Princess devotional Bible.

We did this two weeks ago and Hannah likes to get it occasionally to look at it. So cute!