This was a week of new things.
In my many Google searches for educational resources, lapbooks keep coming to the forefront. For those who aren’t familiar with such things, it seems that lapbooks are file folder games on steroids! They are one or more folders folded and glued in such a way to create a book of activities that kids can complete and/or revisit time and time again. They can house informational booklets, pictures, word searches, mazes, small games and activities. You name it, and it can likely be housed in a lapbook.
With that, I thought what a great way to introduce a new topic. Once I had decided this is what I wanted to do, I found a fun free lapbook, downloaded it and got stuck. All of a sudden, it was overwhelming to see all the information that was in the lapbook, as well as the explanations of how to build the thing. It was too much. So after several days, I decided to simply do one of the activities that looked fun and useful from the math lapbook I had downloaded.
This is when I realized the key.
You don’t have to (and probably aren’t supposed to) complete the whole lapbook and then present it to the child! You do the activities and then secure them in the lapbook as you go, a way to organize and store them. Wow. So simple, and yet very revelatory for me! So the week before last we did a math BINGO game and this week a basic addition game, which both made it into our math lapbook.
This past week our family started the celebration of Feast of Tabernacles which continues through part of this week. Being our first themed “unit” of such, we placed our activities into a Feast of Tabernacles lapbook. Most of our lessons this week revolved around learning the history of the Israelites journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, as well as why we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-43) – to celebrate that the Lord dwells or “tabernacles” within us through Holy Spirit, as He did with the Israelites in the wilderness, Solomon’s temple, and as He dwelt with us through the person Jesus.
Feast of Tabernacles activities/lapbook (so far):
- Day 1 – build a sukkah (tent, or temporary dwelling) – This was much fun and we used it as a time to discuss the word sukkah and its meaning both as a simple vocabulary lesson, as well as how it tied into how the Israelites lived during their transition time to the Promised Land.
- Day 2 – coloring sheet and activity of how the Israelites camped around the tabernacle – I found a black and white image online and printed it for the kids to color (I would share, but I didn’t find any license and/or copyright terms.). Then I created a fun matching activity to learn where each of the twelve tribes camped around the tabernacle. Mason really liked this. We first tried to match it from the coloring page, but the angle didn’t work so well. This led to tweaking the final product which you can download below, which includes the first letters of each of the tribes – helping Mason match the tribes to where they camped. We secured the coloring sheet and the Israelite camp activity into a lapbook. I also made a small pocket to secure into the lapbook in which we could keep the tribe pieces.
- Day 3 – read and discuss the “God Tabernacles With Us” booklet – This is a simple flip booklet that we attached to our lapbook. We used it to discuss how the presence of God first dwelt with the Israelites, “God’s People”, in the tabernacle, and then temple, then Jesus, then within us through Holy Spirit.
(click to download booklet)
- Day 4 – Feast of Tabernacle word tracing – I created a sheet of tracing words that pertain to the Feast of Tabernacles. I cut the side off a page protector and glued it to the back of the lapbook. This way Mason can trace them over and over again. We discussed each word as he wrote it.
(click to download word list)
- Day 5 – look at a map showing the route of the Exodus – I found a map that was simple enough to not get bogged down in details (or unknown details). We traced the map with our fingers, discussed the parting of the Red Sea with Moses, Mt. Sinai, and the parting of the Jordan River with Joshua (actually the priests as they stepped into the river). We also discussed map facts such as how to tell land from water, and you could easily add in north, south, east, west, legends, etc.
These are the actual days lessons we have completed. I am thinking that the next couple of lessons will be looking at and discussing Solomon’s temple, and discussing Jesus’ birth (which may well have been at the time of Feast of Tabernacles). Pics of our fun:
Week-in-Review (other than the above unit!)
Basic Facts Addition Practice – Addition Blackout
- Write the numbers 2-12 on a piece of paper. Roll two dice and add the numbers showing. Cover up or mark off the number on your sheet that matches the sum rolled. The first person to cover or mark off all the answers wins.
Introduction to 3-digit numbers – impromptu
- I noticed Mason was playing a lot of games that involved three digit numbers, so we began to stop and work on how to say the numbers correctly when they appeared – wii sports game scores, Monopoly, numbers in the car such as speed and our gas milage (destination to empty) display. This will likely turn into a more focused lesson this week.
- This was for Madison (2yrs), but Mason found it fun as well. I numbered the places in an egg carton from 1-12. Then, the correct number of beads are to be placed in each space. It was difficult to get the beads out of the egg carton, so we used measuring spoons. The kids thought this was a blast and the beads soon became “ice creams”, and they were scooping ice cream into and out of the carton!
Sight Word Practice
- Mason’s reading has really been progressing recently, so I thought it would be good to begin to add to his sight words. Using the Dolch sight words, I created a PowerPoint. Each Power Point presentation is comprised of 10 sight words and a sentence to accompany each of the words. This could be a great way to do a spelling list if desired.
- I hooked the computer to display on our TV and Mason thought it was the greatest! I will definitely be creating more of these Power Point presentations in the near future.