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I was reading the boards at 4 Real today and came across the question of Math Journaling posed by Dawn of by Sun and Candlelight….once again it was a post that I was already working on, so I polished it up a bit and I will share my answer here.  I hope it is of some use to you and that you will share your thoughts and ideas on it too!!

Math_journal_2We have gotten Math Journals from Eta Cuisenaire  for the kids so they would actually USE them…I tried graph paper and 1/2 lined with a space for drawing…but mostly they just fell apart. Anyone could probably do this very well, but I needed something bound so….when I purchased these  they were always stacked with the school stuff and it was something ‘official’ in their eyes…worked like a charm. 

What did we use these for?
We would use them for any and all kinds of math explorations! 
We used a lot of LIVING MATH books and Marilyn Burns books.  There are more ideas here.

They would often record math explorations out of those books or use them as a springboard into real life.

….like graphing how many snap-cubes (or match box cars) long is the baby and each family member and graphing the results

….using Venn diagrams to compare the samples of those who like vanilla those that like chocolate and those who like both or neither kind of ice cream…(BTW ice cream is a great motivator…haha)

Once my ds measured the perimeter of our house and graphed his results on graph paper and made a proposal for how much bigger his room could be taking into account the local building codes…if it sounds complicated, it isn’t.   ~especially when it was something that grasped his immagination and he decided to run with it…journal in tow. 

His younger brother decided to measure out with a long measureing tape how long his favorite whale was based on our house size and included that into his drawing…"way cool!" says mom!

Then….share the results with dad when he gets home…encourage dad to have deep discussions as to how information can change based upon different elements changing…etc…ask "I wonder what would happen if…" questions!

Get the idea?…it is this and much more…it is for having FUN!  Find what they are interested in and go with it and make it more of a Math Adventure…Have them record new math terms, different kinds of charts and graphs,  problem-solving tips, and math jokes too!

This is a clever way of getting them to think deeper about what is in front of them.

Another thought that I am working on is for my math-minded son, young Edison (10).   I am going to have him write his own math adventure that can be elaborated upon in his journal and then have him work on the problems with his brothers and sisters in theirs…a case of one child enlightening another on a new case..a new adventure that just begs to be solved…stay tuned for the results!!

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Maria I love the Montessori way of doing things as it is so very gentle in approach and it moves at the child’s pace and development level.  There are so many activities and educational helps that may not be explicitly Montessori, but can be presented in a Montessorian way.  A Montessori classroom is wonderful to visit, and if you get a chance, I suggest you stop by and ask questions!  You can pick up a great deal just by being there! Even looking at other homeschoolers Montessori environments or classroom environments can give you a myriad of ideas!!  Try using Google images and you will find more pics to look at!!

In order to outfit a Montessori classroom it takes thousands of dollars  and as a homeschooler with a limited budget, we have found many creative ways of presenting new things to the children without breaking the bank.

Montessori_cubeWe love to make Montessori materials!!  It is a great way to learn as an adult the creative genius that Maria Montessori had.  For example…I never really understood that the square of a number ACTUALLY made a square…and how excited I was to hold a thousand cube and know what it’s mathematical formula was!  I have an older dd who is very Math challenged and she is learning a great deal setting up presentations and making materials for her younger brothers and sisters.  How much fun they are to make…and problem-solve how to make!  This dd is gaining a deeper appreciation of the ORDER of math by way of owning the information in this creative way!  Math and Language are our primary focus right now and we are coming up with creative solutions for materials presentations.  You can get ideas from the many Montessori homeschooling groups and from Montessori Catalogs like Nienhuis.

Today is language day!

Sandpaper_letters_1We are doing a very cute activity with my 3yo ds…our bright little angel wants to try to read like his brothers and sisters and he does NOT want to be stopped!! So here I have this little cherub of a 3yo boy who insists he can read…I am playing many games with him that help him feel even more confident of that statement…LOL…

Even in the bath we play…"What is this?  a Bubble?  What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word bubble?  What letter is that? …and what does the letter B say?….Can you write a b on the tile with the bubbles??"  "I spy with my little eye something that makes the ‘buh’ sound!" 

He loves Tommy Stories by Empress Zelder…an out of print book that uses little stories to teach the character Tommy  to listen for sounds,  learn how sounds are made, and where they are made in his mouth…."Mommy can you read me Tommy nooooww??"

Redletterbook_1Red Letter Alphabet Book  -Have you ever seen this?  I have only drooled upon the picture in the Montessori Services Catalog.  So…I decided to make one….my way ;o)

Materials Needed:

Sandpaper letter font
1  index card binder with a clear plastic cover(so you can personalize it by slipping a paper under the plastic)
unruled white index cards (hole punched)
red consonant letters cut from stiffened felt (using sandpaper font of your choice)
blue vowel letters cut from  stiffened felt
photos beginning with each letter from the child’s life
red pen
blue pen
black pen

adhesive
scrapbooking supplies (optional)
and don’t forget the scissors!

Decorate binder cover with the ( child’s  name)’s  abc book.
Use the little binder vertically like you see in the pic on the Red Letter Book page. 
Grab the scrapbooking supplies and get to work cutting out the pictures and mounting them on  the appropriate pages in creative ways…making sure that the page does not look too cluttered and visually clear.
On each page glue the appropriate felt letter with a nicely cut out picture or pictures on the card opposite.   Use a new letter every other page.
Using very clear lettering, pen in the object’s name under the picture…using red for the consonant and blue for a vowel being presented and black for the rest of the word

like this: bear  ant

the child can now trace the letter with his fingers when you read the book together…he will use both sight, sound and touch to identify the letters being presented….aaand if you use actual photos from the child’s life, you will make an even greater impression!  Did you take a picture of the train that he rode on at the amusement park this summer?  Use the names of people in his life…and his pet and favorite stuffed animal too!  Include a picture of his bike and any other favorite toy or food!  I used both the capital and the lowercase letters for this project.  It came in handy for handling words like Grandma!

Sorry…no photo…if I can figure out how to upload pictures, I will add one later!

Happy material making!!

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(The Dream Keepers by Kathryn Fincher)

God Bless America! ~(Information about America’s unofficial national anthem)

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,

Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,

Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,

As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer:

God Bless America.

Land that I love

Stand beside her, and guide her

Thru the night with a light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies ,

To the oceans, white with foam

God bless America

My home sweet home.

God Bless America,

Land that I love

Stand beside her,

And guide her,

Through the night
With the light from above,

From the mountains,

To the prairies,

To the ocean,

White with foam,

God bless America,

My home sweet home.

God bless America,

My home sweet home.
~Irving Berlin

Godblessamericaposterby_g_harvveyWhat we are up to this week…Discovering more about America and July 4th!

Print out this page and listen to :
The Pledge of Allegiance as recited by Red Skelton….don’t miss this one!!

Happy Birthday America!!

The Declaration of Independence, a rough draft of the declaration, The Declaration (picture) 

America’s Freedom Documents
Information about the Constitution for Kids, and for older kids
Flags in History (use this info to make 3 Part cards!)
Parts of a Flag, More Flag Printouts

Flag Border Paper  (Have the kids write out the pledge for their notebooks!)

U.S journal pages, 4th of July Activity Book, Great Seal of the U S, July 4th Activities and Crafts

FlagcakeWhat we are EATING: Flag Cake!

What we are watching!  1776

What we are reading!:

Jean Fritz Books:
SSSH We’re Writing the Constitution
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?
Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols

The American Flag (True Books, American Symbols)
A is for America(True Books, American Symbols)
America : A Patriotic Primer
Pledge Of Allegiance

The Children’s Book of America

American Patriotic Songs Picture Books:
This Land is your Land
My Country Tis of Thee
Purple Mountain Majesties
America The Beautiful

Artist Study:
God_shed_his_grace_on_thee_terry_redlinrTerry Redlin
(The America the Beautiful Series)
(Dh and I looove this artist!!)

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I have been struggling with trying to manage many persons and the kaleidoscope of emotions and struggles that abound in our path towards obtaining truth and unity…and being only one, I felt outnumbered!  >>In Enters –-Super MOM!<<  I have the title and the costume…now HOW am I to ACT??!  Aha!  God in his infinite wisdom has given us the SEEDS of all that we need to raise these children right….They came neatly packaged with every soul entrusted to our care!  What are these seeds?? and How do we make them grow??  The seeds=VIRTUE and the fertile ground is GRACE!  …most specifically a great model for both is OUR LADY!  The ultimate secret garden of virtue!

My mil once said…"When I die, I am going to ask…"Where is the manual?!"  I mean, we get a TV- we get a manual…We buy a car..-we get a manual…We get a new appliance…and THERE is the manual, a complete guide to use, care and replacement parts.  We get something as precious and complicated as a human soul….NO MANUAL?!"….

I think many of us do get frustrated with our children’s
behavior at times…I know I struggle with it on a
daily basis. I have to steel myself each day. I need to be consistent, even tempered and fair. 

I wanted to journal to keep track of things…maybe to see patterns, but I always lose it and it is hard to find the time.  I did try an experiment the other day…

First thing in the morning, I came out to
greet the kids with a smile. I went over to each one
as they emerged from their room, made eye contact with
them and told them something I loved about
them….without being too obvious and without the
others knowing….wouldn’t you know it? They were so
great for at least 2 hours! For them that is a
stretch as we are emerging with new hormonal issues 😉  aand they feel passionate about everything!

I am TRYING to be more purposeful with my attention to
the individual…I often get too overwhelmed with the
group. I am trying to see ONE thing that I can do for
them personally at any given time. Simplicty reigns true again!  I am noticing less
frustration on both our parts…even something as SIMPLE as seeing that
someone needs a refill of water at dinner and taking that moment on with a smile and eye contact as I fill it up the cup, has an
effect…I think I’ll call this idea strewing
purposeful kindnesses
…;) What do you think? 

It kind of reminds me of the book Small Acts of Kindness by James Vollbracht where the seemingly smallest act of love, a boy hugging his mother, can have such far reaching effects.

And doing little things can be great things, Little Acts of Grace that keep our minds and hearts focused on God’s will!

Little people learn by imitation…of the ones they love…every heart should strive to be Just like Mary

And then …through character building stories, we are learning what a virtue is, how to live it and how others we love (the saints and the Blessed Mother) LIVED the virtues….using resources like these:
Devotional Stories for Little Folks
The Children’s Book of Virtues

Everyday Graces
My Path to Heaven  (I copy the pics from this book and the older ones color them while I read the text.  They then enter these into their notebooks…and  I did ask permission from the publisher) It focuses on making right holy choices based on devotion and right action, not feelings.

…not to mention a great book for Mom and Dad is Father Lovasik’s The Hidden Power of Kindness  When I first read this I THOUGHT I was kind…but I found something deeper…oh read it!  You will be glad you did!!
Saintly  Solutions and  More  Saintly  Solutions (available from Sophia Institute ) are great too!

"Kindness is being concerned about the welfare of others." says The Family Virtues Guide.  This is a lovely guide to read around the table to the kids.  It takes a virtue at a time and explains more in depth what it is and how to practice it.  It has an excellent section for parents that shows in a very practical way how to use virtues, not labels, to draw out the goodness in children.  One of it’s first strategies employs the recognition of the teachable moment. 

"In Chinese the written characters for the word crisis mean "opportunity".

   It is our teach-ability, our humility  to keep learning, that allows life to be lived with joyful acceptance, even during the tough times."  It goes on further to say that such teachable moments are ones that give a parent cause to acknowledge or reinforce a virtue that the child is already practicing and in that way "the parent is tapping into the child’s innate qualities of character rather than trying to manage behavior.  Calling a child to a virtue–naming a virtue which is called for in a given situation–shows her that she is capable of practicing it."  It explains the language of virtue and how to employ that language to transform what is before you….

We are addressing particular virtues (here at the home for the well meaning and often mis-directed) and accompanying the study with stories and learning a bit more about the virtues of Mary.  At the center of this is the Program for Achieving Character Education or PACE  (Which recommends using The Moral Compass
as well as The Family Virtues GuidePACE has been updated!!….here is more info from  Emmanuel books :

"In addition to the materials covered in the original PACE [quote memorization or copywork, virtue definition (including synonyms and antonyms), Classic Stories, Bible stories, recommended booklists (listed by grade level), discussion questions, writing ideas, and enrichment activities such as music, art, nature and family projects], there are supplements to this restructured curriculum.  For example, a segment on how to practice the virtues in everyday life has been included.  There is now a section containing specific references to Catholic saints (and lessons to be learned from studying them) as well as a Marian section aimed at incorporating our Blessed Mother and her actions into our study of character concepts.  Who better than Our Lord, the saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary to demonstrate fitting examples of moral conduct in our lives?"

And right there is where we begin with our new Virtues Project all recorded in our Marian Virtue-Building Notebooks which is PURELY A WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND OUR LADY!  I felt the need to research all of this recently and I had NO IDEA that it would marry together so well….a special "God-Incidence" is the fact that PACE was recently updated to reflect the Virtues of Our Lady.  We have been spending weeks study her virtues in the Mary Garden.  God is painting a beautiful picture for me to follow…I am so very visual and I need a clear image to emulate as a Mother….how wonderful…how perfect!!  Can you tell I am excited??!…stay tuned for updates! ;o)
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QUOTES ON KINDNESS AND DOING LITTLE THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE FOR GOD:

 

"We can not do great things. We can only do little things with great love."
Mother Teresa

"Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things."
Bell, Lawrence D.

 

"Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves."
Carnegie, Dale

 

"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions — the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitesimal of pleasurable and genial feeling."
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

 

"A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark."

Dante (Alighieri)

 

"If you add a little to a little and do this often, soon the little will become great."

Hesiod

 

"There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible."
Johnson, Samuel

 

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."
Keller, Helen

 

"Small kindnesses, small courtesies, small considerations, habitually practiced in our social intercourse, give a greater charm to the character than the display of great talents and accomplishments."
Kelty, Mary Ann

 

"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything."
Lear, Norman

 

"Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things."
Mandino, Og

 

"The thing that goes the farthest towards making life worth while, That costs the least, and does the most, is just a pleasant smile."
Nesbit, Wilbur D

 

"The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time. A house is built one brick at a time. Football games are won a play at a time. A department store grows bigger one customer at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments."
Schwartz, David J

 

"It isn’t the big pleasures that count the most; it’s making a great deal out of the little ones."
Webster, Jean

 

"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
Wilder, Laura Ingalls

 

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
   Aesop (620 BC – 560 BC), The Lion and the Mouse

 

"Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness."
Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC), The Confucian Analects

 

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
Ettiene De Grellet

 

"Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness."
George Sand (1804 – 1876)

 

"That best portion of a good man’s life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love."
William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)

 

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My younger set (3,5,7 yo) are reading their way through their studies of the world now with the older ones (10,12,12) looking over their shoulders.  We want to discover the people and places that are on this great big world that God made.  As we go through different books, we are adding in Montessori presentations and projects to make our work 2 and 3 dimensional. 


I have limited time and energy so I like to make my movements count by being as organized as I can.   We are taking some of these projects and pictures of projects and placing them in a 3 ring binder with page protectors so we can have a record of our journey.  We are NOT doing all of this at once and much of it is very simple.

Organizational Ideas:

One of the first things I learned (the hard way 😉 was
~simplify and stay organized!
~have only a few items out at time for exploration
~keep supplies in closed clear containers for storage.

Organization for any  papers or supplies for lessons:

~place in a prep Mommy binder or file folder…pre-printed and hole punched immediately from the printer

~print out topics to be covered and presentation notes

~place the sheets into my 3 ring Mommy Binder for storage
(divided by little colored post-it notes)

~jot notes on these little post-its if there are other items that need to be added to a lesson (i.e. a book,  Montessori 3 part cards,  a prepackaged experiment  or  any art supplies needed.

~from Dinah Zikes book the Big Bookof Projects , pre-print small continent maps and store in file folders until ready for use

~copy a thumbnail picture of the books that we will be reading and  paste them on one page of a Word document,  print,  cut and  place in little zip loc bags
(as we read the book,  we paste the image right from the bag onto a page in our notebooks)

~in zippered 3 hole binder pencil case place colored pencils to match Montessori continent colors

~police the cards and puzzles and books nightly to make sure no pieces are missing and making sure that the area is clean and ready to go the next day.

Activities for my Visual/Kinesthetic Learners:

We also have a labeled colored file folder in the Montessori colors of each continent.  As we read and discover new people and places, we will be adding pictures to our continent files.  We have a huge tub of National Geographic that we have put aside for just this purpose.  (You can get this magazine free from your local library at the end of the year when they thin out their stock.  Just tell your local librarian that you are interested in any of their discards and you can get great nature, geographic and kids magazines.)

If we had enough wall space I would be mounting  a large map of the world on the wall that is mounted over cork to pin things to…but!  Instead we have smaller maps (continent and world) in our binders (ala Zike)that we will  color to reference a particular place  and a large map under a heavy plastic table cloth on our dining room table.  I think we will be taking small sticker flags and mounting them to toothpicks and with a bit of putty, they will be able to adhere the flag to the correct country.  Note to self…DO NOT LEAVE 3yo ALONE WITH PUTTY!!  haha

For some of the continents and places they visit through books or DVDs we will be coloring a post card or making a mock stamp to put into a pretend passport.  I also have a collection of saint pictures, google images and trading cards of the saints.  Throughout our journey, we will be placing  saints on the map too!

Another thing that I will do is pre-print 3 part Montessori cards (scroll down) about the concept we are studying and cut and laminate and put into a clear container for the kids to experiment on at will…sort of like a learning center. Many of these cards can be found in the files section of a few Montessori Yahoo groups (as seen in the links below).  You can also get a very reasonably priced download from Montessori for Everyone which is located on ebay. Some of which include:

Landform Cards
Cards of the World or from Montessori Share Geography files
The Earth
Earth layer Cards
Parts of a Flag
Historical US Flags  (this is here as a companion activity for our history lessons as well!)

Topics to be covered:
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* Sandpaper Globe  (home made)
 
* Continent Globe
  (home made)

*Jigsaw Puzzle Map of the Hemispheres
Owl and Mouse free geography download 
 
The Global Puzzle

* Animals of the World   Atlas (My Sticker Books)
   
*Jigsaw Puzzle Map of the Child’s Own Continent

*Jigsaw Puzzle Map of the Child’s Own Continent

* Jigsaw Puzzle Map of Child’s Own Country

* Introduction of the Three Elements

* Land and Water Forms
(in the sandbox! including a little boat to float on the water parts and people and creatures for the land masses)

*  Land and Water Form Cards

(in clear container by Geography area) (also hand out 1/4 size pre-cut green and brown construction paper to make land and water forms into booklet showing that the opposite image of some landforms is a water form)

* Outline Maps
   
(in folder in Geography area to punch out with large knobbed pins and felt pad  underneath)

* Land and Water Definitions 
    (also the A to Z Geography Book)

* Flags
   (Flag Sticker book)

Our Montessori Flags of the World

* Classified Cards of Flags and Parts of a Flag
(In clear container on Geography Area)

*  List of Countries and Corresponding Continent Outline Map
(laminated and kept with Continent folders)

Presentation notes here: Geography Culture Album

Other ideas:

Last night I went on over to my friend  Map Quest and printed out a map of my neighborhood.  Later today we will be using this map to take a walk(if it is cool enough outside 😉 With baby in stroller and water bottles in hand we will let the map tell us where to go!

Download Google Earth for free and watch the satellite zoom into the continent, state, city or address of your choice!  We visited the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of china and grandma’s house today !

We will be getting travel DVD’s from Netflix …I hope that we can find some good ones! The places we visit I we will place small stamps in their passports!

The table will be set at night with painless learning placemats and we will be trying dishes from Whole Foods from the Whole World

Geography Book Basket:

In the Geography Basket for the next few weeks are books that not only cover places on a map, but make things more personal to the children as they learn more about people in other places on the globe including how they eat, dress and what they do with their free time!:
Me On The Map 
Where Do I Live
Maps and Globes

Mapping Penny’s World
As the Crow Flies : A First Book of Maps

Geography from A to Z
Children Just Like Me
Children Just Like Me Sticker Book

Atlas (My Sticker Books)

Considering God’s Creation Student Book (we use a few of these pages in our Geography notebooks the rest are used in our science notebooks)

Homes Around the World

Bread Around the World

Flags of the World stickers

Atlas books on Geography Shelf: (from what we already have on hand)

Readers Digest Atlas of the World

Atlas in the Round

Ultimate Atlas of the World (my ds (10yo) wants me to tell you that he recommends this one as it has a little thumbnail of the continent you are in and it’s place on the globe)

National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers

Fun Projects:

This week and next, the dc  will be making a paper mache globe of the world using a round balloon as a base and painting the continents in the Montessori colors…..Other activities that we will be doing  include making a similar globe by painting a garage sale globe following the instructions here in the geography section (making a Montessori Continents Globe) Montessori_globe_1 and paining another globe and coloring the water blue and the land brown and sprinkling fine sand on the land parts to make a Montessori Land/Water globe (so the child can see and FEEL how much of the earth is water and land).   To marry this into our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd work, I will be adding a little red star to the place where Jesus lived!

Sandpaper_globeI do finally have a digital camera and I will TRY to learn how it works and post pictures! 

I hope this is clear enough.  We will be sharing parts of our journey as we go!  Wish us a safe trip!

This just in….visit Kim at Starry Sky Ranch and see what she is doing with Geography.!  Great ideas Kim!!

Beiing so new at blogging, I have NO IDEA why some of my text is completely underlined in the middle of the post.  If I can figure out how that code works, I will clean that up a bit!
Photo: Greg Olson Children of the World

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We love books!  We will often record our adventures through our studies by Notebooking and Lapbooking our way through….it is a way for us to not just take notes, but also make a memorable keepsake that we continually learn from and from which we often re-tell our adventures to others!  Most of which we keep in our 3 ring binders in page protectors, which not only protect our finished pages, but keep the incomplete work together!  It is a continual work in progress.  Here is an article about binderizing

This can be adapted for children of all ages.  Even the younger ones can get in on this!  At its simplest, it can even be the child coloring or drawing a page about something they studied…like a bible story….and having the child narrate the story back to you and recording that narration on the back of the picture.  If you want something more eye-catching, you can record your information on little fold out booklets that you design to hold your data…I will explain more about this later!

Just peruse these Notebooking and Lapbooking sites and come up with many great ideas and journal pages!! 
Here is another good one for ideas! Highland Heritage
and this too….Heart of Wisdom
an this is a good one about how to divide the data!! and don’t miss this sheet!

I came across many wonderful resources for these kind of projects…one of which is this site…  It SHOWS you on line, HOW to make books with children.  You can actually sew and cover your own book!  This makes a wonderful project where the kids really "own" their work!  We want to try the same project using wallpaper scraps instead of the shelf paper.  We are awaiting our "contact" from the local wallpaper store to pass on extras to us. 

There are many additions you can add to your notebooks too!  You can read more about that here:  The Notebooking Corner

My Favorite books about lapbooking/notebooking:

The Big Bookof Books and Activities

The Big Book of Projects

The Ultimate Lapbook Handbook

More info on different subjects contained in our lapbook/notebook projects and most especially our virtues project  later!!

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