Saturday, October 2, 2010

More on lapbooks

Lapbooking is my new obsession...I am still trying to figure out a way to make it less for my enjoyment and more about Isaac learning something. But, I have to say that I think it is really fun. Lapbooks are basically a scrapbook (using a file folder re-configured about a thousand different ways) of any topic of interest. It is a nice way to preserve facts that you learn about a topic, and is fun to look back on. The first lapbook we did was on Ancient Egypt, which was an online unit study that we used, along with other things that I had.

In this two week unit study, Isaac learned about the pyramids, made a mummy, learned a little bit about the religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, studied the life of Moses in the book of Exodus (in detail), studied the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis (both stories obviously having much to do with ancient Egypt), made a copper bracelet and book and learned about heiroglyphs. To cap off our unit study, we watched "Prince of Egypt" and "Little Joe" (veggie tales), which are about the lives of Moses and Joseph respectively.
In our American History class, we are learning about the symbols of the United States. I had Isaac pick one of the symbols (the Eagle) that he wanted to learn more about, and we did a brief two day unit study and lapbook about Eagles.
Here is my favorite place to find downloadable lapbooks.
Our next two week unit study, chosen by Isaac, will be on dinosaurs and fossils...should be tons of fun!