Sponsored Child ~ Lapbook

It’s finished! I have to say this has been BY FAR my favorite lapbook ever. It has been such a joy to learn alongside my son. This topic was near to our hearts and we truly were touched by learning all about Albert’s life and the work that World Vision/Compassion does in Rwanda. I feel more called than ever to these two beautiful kids we sponsor through these amazing organizations. P and I have begun praying for God to pave the way for us to visit our sponsored children someday in Rwanda.

Not only was this my favorite lapbook ever, it took the most planning and work on my part since I have never seen this done before. I created many of my own things, which has also led to the introduction of a new site where I am hosting the lapbook templates I have created.

Here is the finished lapbook, and a few in progress shots from the final work we did. You can find more photos and pdf files of all of the things I created, as well as links to the items and info I got online at the new site.He used our Draw Write Now, Book 8: Animals of the World, Dry Land Animals (Draw-Write-Now) to draw a zebra and a giraffe on the cover. He also drew the flag of Rwanda.This is the back…we learned a lot of geography through this lapbook, it was wonderful!This is a tri-fold I created to teach him about the foods eaten and crops grown in Rwanda.Below is a great template I got from Homeschool Share, where they offer tons of free country templates.Here he is working on the template I created for him to compare/contrast himself with Albert. He LOVED this! He was especially excited to see that they would both turn 6 within a few months from each other! If any of you know our story, you know we are not financially wealthy, but we make it a priority to sponsor these children (both are HOPE kids, living in AIDS communities, so their cost is a bit higher). YOU can do it to! But don’t just sponsor… take this as an opportunity to make geography come alive as you learn about your sponsored child’s country. Help your own child learn to not take American life for granted by teaching them all about the life of their sponsored child. Write and send small items to your sponsored child often so the “fire” never dies in their heart. If you have any questions about sponsorship, let me know in a comment, I would be glad to help in any way I can!

In the Works ~ Rwanda, Africa Lapbook

One of the things we are focusing on for our Rwanda study is our sponsored child, Albert. The entire lapbook stemmed from our new relationship with him and we are learning as much as we can about him, his life and his country. P couldn’t wait to write his 1st letter to Albert, this is the longest letter he has ever written, it warmed my heart to know that he was so thrilled to be writing and that he didn’t complain at all (as he sometimes can when writing anything of length). Here he is writing to Albert, you can see how he has Albert’s photo up on his computer screen :).

And here is his letter…

Here’s the other “letter” we are sending him in our 1st envelope, we worked on this part together…

In the Works ~ Rwanda, Africa Lapbook

We are working hard and learning a lot through our lapbook on Rwanda. We “gave” our son a sponsored child (through World Vision) for Christmas. The little boy we are sponsoring is P’s age and P is REALLY enjoying learning all about Albert and his country. It has been a wonderful experience for us all. One of the really neat things I found to aid our study of Africa is this great online software. Here’s P playing the Africa game, learning the names of the countries!

Learning through giving…

We are missionaries, and have been since our oldest son was not even 2, so it’s all he’s really known. We live and serve full time in the heart of the inner city. We moved here almost 4 years ago from a quiet southern suburban neighborhood, living the “American Dream.” This is not the life I had intended to have for my children and family but it is certainly the life God has chosen for us and I love it. Being in full time ministry, you’d think it would be easy to teach my son about those less fortunate than us. We live amongst great poverty, crime, and filth. But I have noticed (at least at this age) he doesn’t even notice the differences around us, probably since it’s where he lives.

Recently a co-worker of ours went to Africa (Kenya) for 3 weeks to serve and P learned all about this since he is very close to her. This spurred an interest in Africa and for some reason he became very prayerful and concerned about people living in Africa who struggle to have clean water. We began reading about this and learning bits and pieces. I began praying about what to do with his interest.

Our family sponsors a little girl through Compassion. She lives in Rwanda, she is 11 years old right now, and we have sponsored her for over 5 years. As P became so interested in Africa it occured to me that sponsoring another child would be great for him. I decided to go with World Vision this time, just to change it up a bit, and I selected a boy, also in Rwanda, hoping we might be able to visit them someday. I found a boy with a birthday only 2 months apart from P, whose main chore is carrying water! I received the wonderful sponsorship packet in the mail a couple of weeks before Christmas and we gave it to him as one of his Christmas gifts this year. Our kids get very spoiled by the grandparents on both sides, we don’t buy them much at all, as we don’t believe in having tons of stuff. We felt that giving P the gift of sponsorship and a relationship to develop with another child would be one of the best things we could give him.

I’d like to introduce you to Albert, here is a tiny bit of info about him… (from the WV website)
Albert lives with his grandparents and has no brothers or sisters. His grandparents struggle to provide for the family.
Albert and his family live in a community severely affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis. In some communities, AIDS affects the entire social structure as a generation of hardworking adults is being wiped out. Frightened children and exhausted grandparents rarely have money for food, school, or medical care.

Albert is not in school at this time. He likes to play ball games. He helps at home by carrying water. He is in satisfactory health.

I am planning to begin a lapbook focusing on Rwanda, where Albert lives. I want to teach P all about the country and the life children like Albert live. If anyone has done anything like this, please let me know!