Well, we finished our zebra lap book from In the Hands of a Child today. It was kind of crazy. My mom showed up for a surprise visit, which was nice for her to be able to see Dr. J’s book. The only problem was he was so excited to see her, he became a human firework! That’s ok. He’ll enjoy his completed book for a long time to come, and he’ll learn more as he goes.
So, today he started by showing Nana his book. Then (hooray, finally!) he did his last two vocabulary words–predator and bray–and got to staple his vocabulary word book together. We actually had to staple four of them because he had so many cards!
We did three mini projects today, and Mommy did most of the work. Dr. J could hardly corral himself to focus. We stapled a mini book together that was in the shape of a scale and discussed how much a baby zebra ways and how much Dr. J weighed as a baby. The other two projects were about the life span of a zebra in the wild and predators. Dr. J’s book is so full that we had to put the predator page on the back!
So, what’s the verdict?
Dr. J loved making his lap book, and he learned a lot about zebras. In addition to the guide that came with the book, we checked three books out of the library. Dr. J’s favorite was Zebra Family by Jane Goodall. It’s a book from the late ’80s, so you may not be able to find it. It’s a good little book, and that’s where Dr. J got his names for the “oxpeckers” that Niki sent him (see Day Six).
I enjoyed the lap book process as well. There were days when Dr. J’s stimming drove me crazy, but that would be the same with any other method. I think it’s a great way to break up a unit study and let kids enjoy what they’re learning. I also think it’s a great item for review–they will love showing other people their finished product and sharing that will be review, too!
Will I do another lap book? Definitely! Feel free to leave comments about your own lap booking experience or ask any questions.
This picture is neat because you can see Dr. J colored Africa, where zebras live, orange. He asked to color Michigan, where he lives, blue. Your book may not have to have as many pockets, as Dr. J has an aversion to gluing things down into the book.
Here’s one final video for Niki (sorry it’s sideways!):
If you missed any days, you can find them here:
Lap Book Diary Day One