I don’t know about your kids, but mine benefit from a little structure during summer break! Preschoolers and young kids especially just seem to do better and be happier when there is still some sort of routine in the home. This year I have let my older ones completely off the hook as far as anything academic goes, but they are still expected to complete their household chores and be generally helpful. For my 3.5 year old, I wanted to add some focused activity to our days. Not much, but just enough that we have a small amount of time where we are sitting down working on something together.
So, a few weeks ago we put together his first lapbook: on Trains!
And, wow, lapbooks are a lot of work for mom at this stage! If you do something similar, be prepared to do lots of cutting in preparation, and you might have to do all the gluing, some of the coloring, and hold a little hand for the tracing, depending on the interest and fine motor skills of your preschooler.
They are also a lot of fun. For some reason, putting those little mini books together into one folder carries its own kind of magic and intrigues kids much more than an ordinary workbook. It is also a wonderful review tool since they are so fun to show to grandparents! They may not be for everyone, but my kids have sure enjoyed making them still treasure looking back at their creations.
I chose to download the free Trains Lapbook unit from homeschoolshare. We already have a couple of the recommended books and several were available at our library.
I couldn’t get my hands on A Ride in the Crummy, but it looks really sweet so hopefully we’ll come across it sometime.
We especially had fun with this “paint the shapes” train and the cute little poems and songs. They were fun to sing again and again.
My son LOVES trains (and anything else that moves!), so these little booklets of train cars and train vocabulary were especially interesting. He enjoyed gluing in pictures of different train related equipment.
All in all, this was a great little activity for some special one-on-one time, and we created a product that he is proud of!