Category Archives: Lapbooks

Presidents’ Day Lapbook, Activities and Resources

Presidents’ Day Lapbook, Activities and Resources

Presidents’ Day is coming up and I wanted to help you get a jump on your planning! I’ve gathered up some great activities and resources that focus on the two American presidents we’re celebrating – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In fact, the combination of materials in this post is enough to put together a comprehensive Presidents’ Day unit. Enjoy!

First up is my Presidents’ Day Lapbook (or Interactive Notebook).

This is an easy to assemble lapbook and it looks great when it is done.

It is especially designed to work well with reluctant writers or children … Read more »

Are you choosing the wrong learning materials for your child?

Are You Choosing The Wrong Learning Materials For Your Child

One of the things I’m passionate about as an educator and curriculum developer is that learning materials for young children should be visually engaging, colorful, well-designed and simple.  Reaching this balance is a challenge, but it can be done. I’m really picky about the aesthetics of any materials I use with Caroline whether it is a worksheet, a book, a lapbook or a game.

Caroline is very particular about the way things look. If she doesn’t like the look of a picture book, she has zero interest in the content. (She totally gets that from her mother.) Even when she … Read more »

How I Teach Science – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years

How I Teach Science – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years Series

My approach to science in our relaxed homeschooling family has been very relaxed. My philosophy is that all children really need in early elementary is exposure to science topics and to develop a healthy curiosity about the world around them. If a child is curious, she will learn plenty even in an unstructured way.

I don’t use a textbook to teach science. Most of the early elementary textbooks are either so simplistic or are so poorly designed that they would not appeal to Caroline at all.

We don’t write about science. Unless it is something she dictates to me for her … Read more »

Goodnight Moon Lapbook and Puzzle

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While we were out Christmas shopping in December, I found a Goodnight Moon Puzzle in a puzzle store.  Caroline was very into Goodnight Moon this fall and she loves puzzles so I thought it would be a good purchase for her.  I was concerned it might be a little hard since it was 36 pieces, but my philosophy is that if it is too hard you just put it away and bring it out again in a few weeks or months.

When we got home Caroline and I got on the floor to do the puzzle. I talked her … Read more »