R started this lapbook last week. And she spent the whole day yesterday finishing it off. I left her to it apart from two minibooks where I had to interview her and write down her responses. What was interesting was a question I asked her as part of the ‘Interview with me’ minibook. The question was ‘What have you learned?’ I was waiting in anticipation for this answer. We have been home edding for 2.5 years now and *’I think’* she has learnt a lot. But what would she say?! Do you know what she said?! All the lapbooks, unit studies were forgotten. And instead she said ‘My ummi taught me about what will happen on the day of judgment.’ This ‘lesson’ took place as a 3 minute conversation in the car some time ago. And that was the first thing that she remembered! Not the lapbooks, not the many books that were read, and certainly not the workbooks. But what she remembered was a quick conversation. Says a lot huh?!
Here it is (click on the images to see closer views of the pics):
What I liked about this lapbook was that it was all about her. Her height, weight, likes, dislikes, favourite things, about her schedule etc. She completed everything and it was nice to see her strengths and weaknesses in English.
By doing this lapbook, she had to independently do the following: read, complete copywork, watch her grammar, use narration, arts and crafts, and lots of thinking skills.
This is a lapbook to keep. It will be nice for her to look back at it in future years. A definite recommendation to you all. It can be used for all ages. You can find it here:
On another note, I haven’t been using workboxes due to my little experiment but R told me that she wants to use workboxes for her HE again. So, I’m going to start using them again inshaAllah. I’ve decided to plan the week of workboxes in advance on paper and then just fill the boxes the night before. Made this simple planner:
Will keep you updated inshaAllah.