Monday, August 18, 2008

Olypmics Lap Book

Bryson, Selah and I started our week out learning more about the Olympics. Okay, truth be known, we started the morning out jogging all the way to the pond at the front of our neighborhood. It works!?!?!? I thought they would want to ride their bikes and I was going to run, pushing Charis in the stroller. They wanted to run too, and they ran ahead of me the whole way. We came home, (took baths) and watched some Olympics on T.V. We were watching the divers flip and dive into the water. They were enthralled. Even Charis. Then we put together our very first "Lap Book."
Lap books are kits (some to be purchased, some printed from on-line) that the kids cut, color, paste, fill-in the thoughts/answers,ideas, etc, and much more to create a "book" full of info about whatever the subject is. I chose the pieces I thought were "interest appropriate" for them, and we spent the whole afternoon making it. It's perfect for us since we all love crafts so much. They can embellish or add to in whatever creative way they want, to the basic pieces I had printed on-line.

They learned about:
~Where China is in reference to the USA
~The China flag
~Wrote ideas of what an athlete's diet might be, and what our diet consists of
~Selah drew a picture of the American flag and another of the shape of the USA
~How the time is different around the world
*** when we talked about this, Selah asked "how are we able to watch the Olympics on TV right now if they are still asleep in China?"
~The torches, the value of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze metals, etc. etc. etc.

Fun. Fun. When I went to the homeschool convention last May, The only things that really struck me as far as homeschooling "stuff" I thought we would use, were the lap books. Since we don't really use a curriculum, and since we lean pretty close to the "unschooling" philosophy, these Lap Books are a great way to get "hands on" with whatever it is we are engaged in at the time.

To cap it off, we memorized 1 Corinthians 9:24, "Do you not know that in a race all runners run? But only one will get the prize. Run in such a way as to get the prize."


6HappyHearts said...

Cool post! I see some lapbook fun in our future!
The boys really love their "book" as they TRYING to chart the medals on those cute little charts. They loved watching the equestrian events this afternoon. It's so fun to see them learning w/these activities!!
Oh & what kind of lapbook could you do w/Sunday's post?! J2 likes to play house & dress up, but don't tell him I told you ; )

mommyof3andlovin'it said...

Ha!! I don't think they make that kind... it's a Christian company.