Reading great books with our grammar stage kids is wonderful, but I’ve always felt there should be more. Perhaps a bit of narration, discussion of vocabulary, or a coloring page. Activities which expand on the reading and help retention.
But it’s hard coming up with ideas of our own. Which is why I adore expanding the learning with Tapestry of Grace’s lapbooks!
Tapestry of Grace sponsored this post and gave me the year 1 lapbook for free. In the interest of disclosure, I purchased all 4 year plans of Tapestry of Grace, and I’m in my 6th year of using Tapestry of Grace to teach my own children history. All opinions are my own honest opinions. For more information please read my disclosure policy.
Creating the Lapbook
If you’re wondering what a lapbook is, a lapbook is a book which opens up to display the mini-books and flaps the child has created. While you can make your own, usually you print out sheets to cut, fold, and fill out before gluing or fastening the flap to the book.
Tapestry of Grace’s lapbooks are an easy hands-on activity to expand on your history readings. Kids cut, color, write, and glue. By the time they’re finished, their retention is much better.
In fact you’ll want to be prepared to chat about the activity for the next several days!
As I prefer the digital download of the lapbook, I begin by printing up the sheets we need. Each week of Tapestry of Grace has it’s own activities so you’re not trying to cram an entire quarter’s learning into one afternoon!
And no, you don’t need to guess. Tapestry of Grace has provided a sheet which lets you know what activity to do when. This helps tremendously when I’m filing my pages for the year. I can print out the lapbook sheets and drop them in my weekly files.
When we first switched to Tapestry of Grace, my 4th child was in upper grammar. Each week on Friday we would sit down and fill out the lapbook together. We’d chat about what he learned. He’d color, write, and paste. It was a beautiful finish to his weekly studies.
I thought I’d do that with my younger children, but it’s not working out. At K and 1st grade, they need the immediate reinforcement of their studies.
The system is simple. We sit down together, and I read from our text. The children listen and color on regular paper.
Then I pull out the lapbook sheets. The first step is to cut it out by cutting on the solid lines.
Once it’s cut out, I guide my child through the folding.
And the coloring begins!
Since my youngest children are in kindergarten and 1st grade, I don’t require much writing. Sometimes my 1st grade daughter is willing to write sentences. Other times, like now, she’s content with drawing a picture about what she learned.
You can see Noah’s granddaughter looking out the window. Apparently she’s very bored and tired of playing board games.
Now the flap is finished! The outside is colored and a picture is drawn on the inside.
My daughter will be able to open the flap to review and remember what she learned about Noah’s Ark.
Now it’s time to glue the flap to the lapbook!
We’re not very good at following the instructions for exactly where to place the various flaps. Instead they tend to be glued where my kids want them.
Tapestry of Grace Lapbooks Expand the Learning
Dialectic and rhetoric kids using Tapestry of Grace have wonderful discussions planned. We sit down and discuss what’s happening and why. We chat about how this affects them. We discuss the ramifications on current events and why it’s important today.
Grammar stage kids aren’t ready for discussions. They’re absorbing information like sponges. They also need hands-on activities to fully grasp a concept.
I don’t know about you, but heading out to a football field to measure off the size of Noah’s Ark sounds fun… and time consuming.
On a weekly basis I want something easy to expand the learning. Something that doesn’t require a huge investment of time and energy. Something which gives the kids a portfolio to admire and show off.
And that’s just what lapbooks do. They give me a hands-on activity to reinforce and expand on what the kids studied. They’re easy to complete. The kids love cutting, coloring, and pasting.
And lapbooks impress the grandparents!
Lapbooks are just one of the many options Tapestry of Grace provides. Kids can use the curriculum independently and only meet up with you for class times. You can focus on projects or read-alouds. The choice is yours!
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