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I can't really remember when I made the choice to home educate Micah or if it even was a choice I consciously made; I think it was just a natural progression of life, for us. Mind you, I am not against public schools, this just happens to work for us, for now and if there comes a time when it doesn't, I'll worry about that, then; but for now, we are having a blast.
One of my favorite things about home educating is the flexibility it allows me to follow my child's passions and educate him in a way that works for him. No two children are alike, not even from the same parents. All children learn in different ways and at different rates and the idea that one cookie cutter education is right for every kid, is ridiculous!
If Micah is zipping through his letters, we zip through them. If he is having trouble getting math concepts, we slow down and take extra time, until he gets it. We don't do a ton of book work; most of what we do is practical hands-on learning and reading; we do a lot of reading and lapbooks are great too.
Lapbooks are a fun way to show a concept, in one succinct place. They can be simple, elaborate or anything in between. I find they hold the kids' attention, without being overly "teachy". I recently had the opportunity to check out a complete 130+ page Kindergarten math review worksheet pack, from Educents and I found a ton of "lapbookable" pages.
Making lapbooks doesn't have to take a ton of time or even creativity. If you can cut and paste, you can make a lapbook. Since we have been working on money concepts, I decided to make that the theme of our lapbook. Here's how it turned out...
To make this lapbook, I started with a simple file folder and folded both sides in to meet the middle. The seam that was the outside edge, becomes the main place for you to put your "info". (If you like my descriptions, you should hear me tell a joke)
For this lapbook, I chose a few pages from the math review pack, printed them out and then arranged them on the folder. There are a total of five activities on this lapbook, but you could always expand on these pages and add more.
The left flap has four different products, each with a price. I supplied Micah with actual coins and asked him to make the amount shown. (The worksheets have play money as well, if you don't happen to have a crap ton of change laying around)
The middle section of the lapbook has a huge piggy bank on it. For this, I used some printed word problems that were in the pack and asked him to put the correct amount of money into the piggy bank. (all these pages are included in the package) Under the piggy bank, there is a matching activity. I provided him the coins, he placed them on the correct spot.
The right flap has a flip up matching activity as well as holding the word problems for the piggy bank game. I made the simple pocket out of a piece of scrap paper, but all the other pages pictured are included in the kinder math review pack from Educents, as well as practice worksheets on numbers, shapes, tally marks, addition, subtraction and more!
If you are working on math concepts with your kindergartener or even reviewing with a first grader, this pack is definitely worth checking out and it's available now, on Educents. If you haven't joined Educents, do it NOW!!! They have more resources than you can shake a stick at (what does that even mean?!) and a ton of them are FREE!!!
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