Trying out Lapbooking…

I think we may have found a happy medium..

Whilst at Merry’s yesterday, she drew my attention to Lapbooking as she thought it might be something Skye and Poppy would enjoy. After Googling it I think she might be right.

Its actually a very similar idea to the learning logs they used to do at school – which at the time were very stressful as they used to take up to 5 or 6 hours to complete so on top of homework, reading and after school activities it was rather exhausting!

Anyway, the girls and I had a chat about maybe trying one or two to see how they got on. I showed them some examples on the internet and they seemed very keen. Poppy has decided to make one on horses and Skye is doing one about flowers. Its encouraging lots of research, reading, and most importantly to them, art and craft! We had a trip out this morning to stock up on folders and paper and have been busy creating since we got back!

……..Its now five hours into their lapbooking and Poppy and Skye have both completed them!

Examples of their lapbooks are shown below.

This is Poppy’s completed lapbook

Poppy's first lapbook

Working on her horses lapbook

She wrote about the riding school she goes to, and included information on horses diet and what you should wear.

Poppy's completed horses lapbook

This was the favourite part of Poppy’s book – her horse ‘flick book’

Poppy showing the favourite part of her lapbook

This is Skye’s first attempt…

Skye's first lapbook

Skye's completed flowers lapbook

Skye used some lovely fold outs to display information…

Flower facts from Skye's lapbook

After all this hard work, they were reluctant to pack away and are already thinking about what they are going to start tomorrow!!

After a quick, but yummy tea of ‘spicy chickpea and spinach thingy’, we all dashed off to gym picking up Fran en route. I got there to find out that my co-coach has quit and so I took the rec class on my own! Thankfully it was a quiet class with only 8 gymnasts! Poppy worked hard with me in rec and Skye had a good gym session in Squad and has almost perfected her round off flick in her floor routine – just in time for Sunday’s comp, has nailed her back walkover on beam but LOST her squat-on on bar – very disappointed with herself!!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Merry
    Nov 25, 2009 @ 09:19:47

    I’m not even saying it out loud properly but i just nearly squeaked with excitement at one of your girls yesterday 🙂

    So glad the lapbooks inspired them; might try some ourselves i think. My bigs might even have a go at them now.

    Skye’s flic is lovely – think Andy might well get Fran’s looking better if he keeps on at her like that 😆 I does make me laugh the way they get one thing and lose another though – and am not convinced 40 pressups help getting better at things that need arms with energy!

    If they can’t get any one else to do that class, i’ll tell Clare i will help out as crowd control temporarily.


  2. lecielrouge
    Nov 25, 2009 @ 10:36:25

    I know what you mean – great isn’t it!

    The first attempt at lapbooks were a great success – they’ve started on new ones today already!

    I agree, Skye’s flic is looking pretty good. Fingers crossed she feels confident enough to use it in Sunday’s comp! I don’t know what you mean – there’s nothing like draining a gymnasts strength with a few hundred press ups before they work on bar!!!! 🙂

    Not sure now is a good time for you to start throwing yourself amongst uncoordinated gymnasts!! But a helping hand might not go amiss – even if its supervising the less pro-active assistant(s) that turn up!!


  3. lecielrouge
    Nov 25, 2009 @ 10:38:36

    Forgot to mention if your ‘bigs’ do have a go at lapbooking, we have found this site very useful for lapbook templates and ideas


  4. HelenHaricot
    Nov 25, 2009 @ 20:06:08

    lapbooking looks fab. i thinkk might get a chance to do it when bb learns to write!


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