In the Works ~ Bible Lapbook

We have been working on our Bible lapbook for awhile now and will continue to do so as it is becoming a simple but great resource that we keep coming back to and building upon. I imagine it won’t be officially “finished” for weeks as I have developed new goals for P recently.

The original inspiration to do this lapbook came from Valerie and her Bible lapbook from Lapbook Lessons (thanks Valerie!). I then decided to add to it and searched and searched for what I was looking for exactly and couldn’t find it, so I made it myself. I am still in the process of making the entire thing but we have already started using them.I created cards for each book of the Bible, one card has the name of the book and the other card lists the author, key characters, and some key stories from that book. After his successful memorization of the Old Testament Books (saying them out loud), I was inspired to teach him to put them in order with these cards and also to learn more facts about each book.

You can find pdf files of these cards here.

Eventually I hope to cut these cards apart and play a memory game with him, matching the name of the book with the facts of the book, but we aren’t there yet! I printed each sheet of 5 books on different colors to help him with the sorting and memory game down the road.

Tot School ~ Paint, Shapes, & Dress Up!

It has been a bit of a slow school time for us, with traveling, sicknesses and lots going on in our ministry life. But, we did manage to have some tot-school fun last week, that I want to be sure to share! I also am LOVING your ideas, thanks so much for sharing!

K isn’t much of a painter, but still I drag it all out for him sometimes. I think this day he lasted all of about 3 minutes…luckily I snapped the photo at the beginning! This was his first water-color paint experience, he wasn’t too impressed!One of our new favorite toys was a recent gift from the grandparents, another wonderful Melissa and Doug toy. This one is fabulous and kept K busy for a long time. He is very into shapes and can successfully name: oval, circle and triangle. We’re working on square and rectangle. The only color he is consistent with is purple, but he’s constantly asking me the colors, so I don’t think he’s far off from knowing many more. This toy is wonderful for both of those things and so much more, I highly recommend it!

Dress up was a BIG hit with both boys last week, I am actually a bit surprised that K likes it so much, but he really does! He lets us dress him up in all sorts of things, and wanders around acting all goofy, it is great! We love our dress up box, full with boy-dress up items. Currently we have: airplane pilot, train conductor, army man, old Halloween costumes, vet, doctor, construction worker, police, fireman, and probably a few more I am forgetting! Most of them we have gotten (as gifts) from Toys R Us.

Official Info on Tot-School, in case you’re just joining us…
What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email). Provide a link back somewhere in your post to this post so your readers can see other ideas too!

Here is a great link explaining how to link to a direct post and not the homepage of your blog, so people can find your tot school post right away. Please remember to add a link back here in your post, so we can hopefully grow our tot school community! Thanks guys for participating, your ideas are wonderful!

We’re still here…

I just noticed it has been almost a week since I last posted, unlike me! We’re still here! I have been out of town this weekend selling Little Bits with my mom at our HUGE home-church consignment sale. It went really well but it is a lot of tiring work!

I got sick (just a bad sinus/head cold) while there and it is hitting hard today! I have a lot to post on, but need to get caught up with “life” first! I hope to be blogging and catching up later on today, check back in on us soon…

Sharing our Homeschool

P had a great “school” day today, as he spent his day with his Nana and Pop Pop (my husband’s parents), who were visiting for the day from NC. They made the 10+ hour drive just to spend 1 day with us and have to leave tomorrow to be at work on Monday. We love them so much and are so thankful they are willing to drive up here to see us!

Instead of normal school (which we usually DO have on Sat because Fri is our day off), P spent his day reviewing many things as he showed them to his grandparents. It was fun to sit back and watch.

First they all made fingerprint pictures together… Then he read for him, which amazed them both, his reading has improved SOOOO much since they last saw him in Dec.
And then he showed them a few of his recent lapbooks. I loved listening to him recall all that he had learned from them. Here he is showing them his Rwanda lapbook and telling him all about Albert, our sponsored child.
It was a great day of school, sure we’re behind a day technically, oh well, that’s the glory of homeschool right? We adjust the lessons and move along on Monday!

Tot School ~ Music Time!

My boys love music, I do too, but honestly sometimes I can’t handle their idea of music (LOUD). But I am a believer in music, I even taught a toddler music class for awhile through my ministry. We have lots of instruments around our house, and often use the kitchen supplies!

For Tot School the other day I brought out one of our boxes of random instruments. K has seen them before but they stay tucked away mostly so when they do come out it is always “new” again. Almost all of the items I use for our Tot School time are things that I keep put away and bring out at special times. That way neither child gets bored with it. Here’s the boys exploring the stuff…

P located the train whistles, and K quickly followed his lead, trying to make his blow!
We sing songs for our music time too and I use these small finger puppets. P took an awesome music class when he was a toddler which is where I got many of my ideas from. Lots of the songs teach basic music concepts (high-low notes, etc.)
And of course, in perfect K style, he finds an alternative use…
And when he’s done, we’re done. He left the music time after about 15 minutes and wandered in to get out the play doh. He seems to be really into Play Doh right now! We got a few cans out and let him play for awhile. It was a great morning.
What are you doing for Tot School lately? Let’s define a “tot” as an 1-3 year old. I would say anything before a formal Pre-K curriculum. You know, the stuff we do with our little ones to provide opportunities to develop their love of learning and maybe teach them a few things. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, link up your exact post to Mr Linky (if you have questions about how to do that, let me know in a comment or email). Provide a link back somewhere in your post to this post so your readers can see other ideas too!

Edited to add… here is a great link explaining how to link to a direct post and not the homepage of your blog, so people can find your tot school post right away. Please remember to add a link back here in your post, so we can hopefully grow our tot school community! Thanks guys for participating, your ideas are wonderful!