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less than words

By Tara Zandra | November 11, 2010

You know, I don’t even know why I’m not blogging. And I’m tired of feeling I need to blog about not blogging. I’ve been behind ever since the fair back in September and I seem to have lost my mojo. I’m guessing because Septemeber is also when our schedule went crazy. Between formal lessons with 2 kids, 7.5 hours of dance a week, violin, book club for both, bowling, field trips, and you know, life, I just lost the will to recount it all. Yet, we’re doing a lot of stuff so it needs to be gotten down.

I need to make the effort at least for myself. I’m still getting hits, so thank you everyone who checks in on me. Sorry there’s not much to see here lately.

I will say, it’s harder than I thought to juggle lessons with both kids. But we’re in a groove and it’s going well. You know what? I’ll share scans of Daisy’s ladybug lapbook since I think I said I’d do that eons ago.

The scans have horrid color, for some reason. None of the weird shading is actually there. It’s just pink and file folder color. So we took a regular file folder and instead of folding it in half, folded it into a trifold.


Opened up, it looks like this.


Closeup of the top area. The rhymed is one I found and then used clipart for each part of the rhyme. The ladybugs are Daisy’s fingerprints which she added the black spots. Each flap lifts up to reveal the number in the countdown.


The middle section is a wheel showing the ladybug life cycle. The circle under the ladybug wings turns and shows each part of the life cycle. We changed it when our own ladybugs changed to each new stage. The smaller ladybugs have wings that open, as one of them shows, and each one has a fact about ladybugs that Daisy came up with.


The bottom panel has two parts. The one on the left is based on “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle. The book is timed based, so each page shows a clock which Daisy drew in the correct time and we added a picture of the type of animal the Grouchy Ladybug met at that time. The one on the right is a simple matchbook minibook with the parts of a ladybug labelled. I’ve shown the bottom flap with the minibooks closed, and then below that with them open.



This lapbook was not following any template. For the most part, I pieced it together myself with ideas from the internet. Definitely a fun project and we look forward to the next one.

Topics: Life, Delightful D, Homeschooling |

4 Responses to “less than words”

  1. Valerie Says:
    November 11th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I love the Lapbook. Its too cute!

  2. Kari Says:
    November 12th, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I check in on you :) What a delightful project and what a great job Daisy did. She’ll want to keep this for a long time.

  3. Mandi Says:
    November 16th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    That’s really cool Z. The possibilities are endless too, you can do it on any number of subjects and change it up each time. And it can be adjusted for the age of a child. It’s a great idea! Makes me wish homeschooling worked for me. :(

  4. Suzanne Says:
    November 18th, 2010 at 6:45 am

    What a great project! You made it fun for Daisy and I’m sure she learned a lot. :)