Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Lapbook Tutorial #2

Have you ever wanted to make lapbooks that are different sizes?

This video demonstrates how to make a mini-lapbook base. They're used for the mini-lapbook packs I have on TeachersPayTeachers and Currclick and we've also used them for quick projects than can be completed in a day.
For instance, we made a quick Denmark one for book group - it had a flag, map, a layered minibook with information about the country and a minibook about Hans Christian Anderson. All the minibooks were made from scratch. The covers had written titles for the most part, but The Girl drew a picture of the little mermaid on the front of the Hans Christian Anderson minibook.

We've also used this method to make bigger lapbook bases to use as a display board when we have done geography fairs at our local Home Ed group. We used stiffer card from a cardboard box for that and covered it in coloured paper :)

I hope you enjoy this sort video. I will be making more, so subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss them :)




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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Lapbook Tutorial #1

How to make a lapbook base from an A4 document wallet

This is my favourite way to make a lapbook base. It's very quick and easy.



Make sure to buy good quality document wallets. The stronger, the better. Avoid the ones from the pound shop. They tend to be grey inside and VERY flimsy. It's worth paying a bit extra, believe me. Our lapbooks have been taken out so often to be admired, re-explored and re-read and I've found that the cheap wallets just don't hold up to so much handling, much to Boykin's disappointment.

I'm so glad that we found lapbooks. They encouraged him to take a real pride in his work  👩

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Friday, 4 January 2019

Woohoo! I won an award!

Have you spotted the lovely bright Blue Ribbon in the sidebar? -------->

I'm so excited to be able to tell you that I have received this Blue Ribbon for Favourite Elementary Product 2018 as voted by The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew for Picture Book Explorers ~ Paddington.

This means so much to me because the voting was done by other home educating parents. These are people who use  a lot of different resources and are very discerning about quality and value. I don't mean simply monetary value, but real, educational value. I feel very honoured and humbled to receive this 👩

Oh my goodness! Is this post turning into an Oscar speech? I am just so grateful that these family took the time to learn and explore with this pack. Thank you, thank you all 😍

You can find links to all the different reviews here.

My own favourite memories of exploring Paddington with my own children have to be all the foam activities - meringues, elephants toothpaste, foam painting Paddington...


… and shaving foam fun 😂


There was a good dose of academic learning went on too with maps, maths, creative writing, architecture and science 📚

You may be interested to know that Michael Bond, the author of Paddington Bear was born on 13th January 1926, making this a perfect tome to  explore the book 👩

You can find Picture Book Explorers ~ Paddington on the Branch Out World website, on Teachers Pay Teachers and Currclick.

I'd love to know what messy fun your kids get up to. Leave a comment below :)

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