What are your Eid traditions? Are they set in stone, or pretty fluid? Where did they come from? Each year we keep some traditions and forget others we thought would stick. Since Eid moves throughout the year, naturally we won’t keep all traditions all year long. During the warm months, we want to do great things outside, and this year was our first time camping with Aamina and Amatullah. Since Aamina was born, I was [Read more...]
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is such a fun book – one of Aamina’s favorites already – and so it seemed the perfect fit to be our introduction to lapbooking! All I can say is Wow! Aamina went from being very hesitant to do anything school-like, to asking to do school multiple times a day! Lapbooking has made such a big change in our house, and I’m really excited to start sharing it with all of you!
So far, I’ve gotten all of our lapbook materials from HomeschoolShare.com, though I’m sure I’ll branch out as time goes on. Also, for kids already in elementary school, there are many more resources for lapbooking, and its cousin, notebooking.
Onto our first lapbook!
Aamina’s favorite part had to be the sequencing cards, where we talked about first, second, third, next, and last. We got to recall the various sounds within the book, always a fun treat to mimic the sounds together!
A new concept for Aamina is “through.” Even though we’ve read the book numerous times before making the lapbook, I’m not sure she really understood what it meant, so the activity with the book was awesome to work on this. And to prove the value of her work, we did this lapbook a few weeks ago and just the other day, she had a couple pieces from a different lapbook and placed them over, under, and through (or tried to, at least), all on her own! Proud mama moment right there, alhamdulilah!
Another fairly new concept for Aamina is patterns. We’ve talked about it in passing, and she sees it on Umizoomi, but I think she’s just now getting to the point she’s ready to work with it on her own. There were multiple patterns she worked on, over the course of a few days, but the paper turned into scissor practice, so just the one line survived.
We specifically started with a book used within Before Five in a Row, so we could tie in all the activities together. We are pretty relaxed with how many activities we complete in Before Five in a Row, but I wanted to make sure I don’t miss out on the benefit of tying in religious lessons with each book. What better way to show that Islam fits in all parts of our life than to include it in our secular studies? With the lack of an Islamic homeschool publisher, we have to do a bit more work to make it happen, but it isn’t impossible. The lapbook on Homeschool Share includes a Bible verse, so I wanted to make sure I included a Qur’an ayah that seemed to fit also, in sha Allah.
Click on the image below to download a mini book to include in your lapbook:
In our more recent lapbooks, we’ve included a corresponding letter lapbook page later in the week, but with this being the first, we didn’t include that quite yet. In sha Allah future posts will include what letter we used along with our book.