Monday, June 13, 2011

Springtime Lapbook

Butterfly has been working on her Springtime Lapbook.  This lapbook's theme is Spring, Birds, and Gardening.

To get started on this unit, a month ago, we planted Sunflower seeds in a pot which then we transplanted the new plants to our backyard (we can't wait to see if this plant will bring us flowers at the end of the summer!)  Butterfly is also learning about gardening and how plants grow from our bean plant experiment we started about a week ago.  We put some wet soya beans from our sensory bin, in a clear glass with wet paper towel layers.  We've been watching the beans change shape and colour and the roots grow like crazy down to the bottom of the glass!  Now we are seeing tiny leaf sprouts that are ready to reach up from some of the beans.  It's been a very fun experiment in learning how seeds change into plants!

Here is the Lapbook I have put together for Butterfly's activities.

I collected songs, poems, and fingerplays on our theme, and wrote each one on index cards.  We review and sing them often.

A mini book on Gardening words, a mini book on Bird words, practising writing bird words, a flip book on the cycle of a bean plant growing; and a cutting exercise in which it makes grass blades for the bugs when folded up!

 I glued (rubber cement) two file folders together to make more space for more mini books.
These mini books include colours, counting, circle the difference, matching upper case letters with lower case letters, and a puzzle envelope.

In the puzzle envelope are the bird numbered puzzle pieces, using velcro to close when folded over.

These stapled worksheets are to practise matching upper case with their lower case, in Spring storm clouds.

A mini book for colouring each bird the colour indicated.

 I found so many great activities that I had to make a work book as well.

I glue sticked pages in, which filled up the work book!

Pre-writing skills practise.

Seeing, Tracing, Making with Spring words.

 Writing a Kite Adventure story (Butterfly dictates a story about kites of her own out loud while I write it down for her.)

Practising the Letter B for birds and colouring bird houses with warm and cool colours.

Reading a bird poem and then drawing a bird picture to go with it.

Sorting birds and birdhouses while practising cutting and gluing.

Matching rhyming words, using bird and gardening words.

The last page I folded a brown piece of paper to make creased folds of rows, then glued it into the back page of the workbook.  Butterfly is going to plant her own vegetable garden, by first planting seeds- using a black marker, drawing seeds down each row in a line.  Then in the green envelope I printed out 6 different vegetables, 6 of each.  Butterfly will sort them, glue them in rows of each kind, on top of her seeds, just like a vegetable garden!

I store the workbook inside the file folders like this.

On the back of the file folders are two "book report" worksheets, glued on the folder.  First she practises writing her name, then after we read a Spring time or Gardening story we write a little book report on it.  There's room for two book reports.  She will relay her answers out loud and I will write them down for her (since she doesn't write yet :)

Here's a file folder game we played...

Bird Matching!

Here are the books we are using for this Unit:

 The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

 Berenstain Bears: We Like Kites

 The Ugly Duckling and Eggs and Chicks by Usborne books

 Caillou: Goes Birdwatching

 The Friendship Garden  and A Surprise Garden

My First Garden Book

Here are the resource sites where I got these fabulous printables and worksheets from, click on them and they are linked directly to the free printables I used.

Homeschool Creations- Spring Pack

Homeschool Creations- Bird Pack

Our Little Monkeys

2 Teaching Mommies


Musings of Me


  1. What a wonderful unit! Thanks for posting the links. I didn't know that there were Caillou books, my daughter loves Caillou.

  2. Thanks for sharing the links! I had never thought of using a regular lined notebook to make a personal workbook :)

  3. Awesome! What a fun lapbook! I'm definitely pinning this one for my preschool file for next year. Thanks so much for sharing at For the Kids Fridays at Sun Scholars. Hope to have you back again this week! :)

  4. Great lapbook! So great that I featured it on my blog today! Check it out


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