APR
06
2014

Journey to the Center of the Earth Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. This one is on the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: The Journey to the Center of the Earth is a fictional story about a young man and his uncle who are launched on an action-packed adventure deep into the center of the Earth. What will they they discover in the unknown depths and will they make it back? You’ll have to read the book to find out! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Journey to the Center of the Earth Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2014

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Unit Study & Lapbook

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Hi everyone! Today I’m releasing my new Tom Sawyer Unit Study and Lapbook.This is a great book for young boys as it includes a lot of adventure and mischief! Hope you enjoy! Story Summary: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a fun adventure for any young man! The story follows the mischievous but good natured Tom Sawyer as he lives his life to the fullest. He hunts for buried treasure, explores dark and mysterious caves, and makes friends everywhere he goes. Your kiddos will enjoy reading this novel as Tom turns even the mildest event into an unforgettable adventure! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Tom Sawyer version as retold from the Mark Twain original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so … [Read more...]

MAR
23
2014

Anne of Green Gables Unit Study & Lapbook

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Hi everyone! I have a new literature unit to add to our collection! Today I’m sharing my new Anne of Green Gables Unit Study and Lapbook. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Anne is a sweet, imaginative, and charismatic young orphan girl who is unexpectedly adopted by a family in Green Gables. The story follows Anne as she experiences the pains and joys of becoming part of a family. And her life growing up in the remote Canadian village of Avonlea. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Anne of Green Gables version as retold from the Lucy Maud Montgomery original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose. Watch my Anne of Green … [Read more...]

MAR
17
2014

King Arthur & His Knights Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share my new King Arthur & His Knights Unit Study & Lapbook. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: King Arthur and His Knights is the tale of Camelot and the mystical land filled with knights and wizards. In this version students will read how King Arthur came to power, and all about the adventures of his Knights of the Round Table as they battle their way across the forests and islands they call home. This unit is meant to be used with the Classic Starts King Arthur & His Knights version as retold from the Howard Pyle original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose.   Watch the King Arthur & His Knights Lapbook … [Read more...]

MAR
10
2014

Robinson Crusoe Unit Study & Lapbook

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share my new Robinson Crusoe Unit Study & Lapbook. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Robinson Crusoe is an exciting tale of a young and impulsive man named Robinson. He it obsessed with adventure and travel and would like nothing more than to become a sailor. As he ventures out in search of finding his dream, he encounters several action packed adventures! Eventually he finds himself shipwrecked on an island. In this story your student will read all about Robinson’s life as a castaway, and his struggle for survival as seen through his own eyes. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Robinson Crusoe version as retold from the Daniel Defoe original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are … [Read more...]

FEB
23
2014

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I’m really excited to be releasing some new Classic Literature Unit Studies for you all! My kids have been absolutely loving these this year and we’re taking a break from our regular reading to dive into some of these fun classics! For this unit I am using the Classic Starts 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea version. I find the Classic Starts a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit with the original version if you have an older student. The assignments are written to go with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the lapbook using any version you choose.     20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Unit Study & Lapbook 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is an underwater fantasy adventure that is exciting as it is unusual! The story follows Professor Aronnax and his men who are setting sail in search of a “monstrous sea creature” that has been sighted somewhere in the Atlantic … [Read more...]

FEB
19
2014

Tri-Fold Lapbook with Flap & Pocket Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I remember back when we first heard of lapbooks. I was totally confused. I had no clue what a lapbook was, let alone how to make one! Since then we’ve had the pleasure of adding several fun lapbook units to our homeschooling days.     What’s a lapbook? A lapbook is simply a hands-on learning tool that you can use to enhance any subject you want! Typically a lapbook is constructed of a manilla file folder, then the insides are decorated with fun “mini-books” that include information on your subject. Lapbooks can be as simple or complex as you like based on the ages of your students. They can include stories, poems, pictures, graphs, artwork, and anything else you can think of! How do you use a lapbook? I don’t typically use a lapbook as a primary means of learning, but some are certainly detailed enough that you could. We usually add a lapbook to a unit we’re studying as a supplemental hands-on activity. So for example when … [Read more...]

MAR
12
2013

How To Make a Lapbook Video Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I get a lot of questions on how to create lapbooks, and how we use them in our homeschool. I thought it would be easier to show you all in a “How To Make a Lapbook” video tutorial for you! First I wanted to talk a little bit about what a lapbook is and how to use it in your homeschool or classroom. So what is a lapbook? Lapbooking is simply a hands-on method of teaching students about any topic! They can include drawings, writings, timelines, pictures, graphs, and any other information that fits your topic. They can be as simple or complex as you like based on the age of your students. Speaking of ages, while they’re typically used for younger elementary level students, really Lapbooks can be used for any aged student as the content is completely up to you! Lapbooks are an effective learning tool because they incorporate hands-on educational activities that can accompany any lesson. They’re also great to help review materials learned later on. As students learn about … [Read more...]

JAN
01
2013

Mr. Popper’s Penguins Unit Study Progress

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Hi! Well, with the onset of one of our snowiest months of the year, we’re celebrating by working on our Mr. Popper’s Penguins Unit Study! This book isn’t moving as quickly as the last one, but it’s fun to do penguin stuff in wintertime!   In this unit we are learn all about penguins including different types, the penguin food chain, and vocabulary. Here is Turbo and Strawberry Shortcake working on his story timeline. I love Mr. Popper with his ladder, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite activities, and it’s a great way to help them remember what the main plot of the story is! They will also do a character analysis of main characters in the story, alphabetize Mr. Popper’s penguins, learn about different occupations, and write their own penguin poem. Strawberry Shortcakes Penguin Poem: The Penguin is small, he’s not very tall. He eats fish and never wants to miss. I find him here , there, and everywhere. What a sight of black and white. He … [Read more...]

FEB
23
2011

Jesse Bear Activities and Lapbook

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom We love Jesse Bear at our house and I wanted to share some of the activities we’ve done to go along with this sweet little book! Craft: We made a cute little dress up bear awhile back and I thought it would be perfect for this activity so we got him back out. It’s simply a bear printed out on brown cardstock then laminated. I put Velcro dots on his body then cutout clothes from colorful felt. It’s easy to dress him as you just stick them on! Here is a cute paper bear we found at Danielle’s Place (Edited: Sorry, looks like she removed the free Bear Printables!): Lapbook: We made this cute lapbook for our study this week as well. You can find all of these printables for this lapbook on Homeschool Share. Find the bear: One of our favorite games was the find the bear activity. I hid the little bears all over the room and she had to find them. Although it was too simple for her, but she really had a good time! Rhyming … [Read more...]