I had pretty much settled on unit studies/lapbooks and came across one on HomeschoolShare for Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire. The book, in and of itself, is lower than Faith's reading level. However, I thought it might be good to try out the lapbook concept on a book that she could easily read & understand with minimal direction from me. Plus, she loves Fancy Nancy and I figured it couldn't hurt to use a book I knew she'd love.
She finished up earlier today, so I took pictures to document it and share with Nana of course. I believe if you click on each picture, it will take you to a bigger version to see more detail.
I don't have file folders handy, so we used large construction paper for the shell. Faith is careful anyhow, so it's not like it will end up ripped. We made a number of the mini books ourselves and got the others off of Enchanted Learning.
Inside, on the left panel are:
2 accordian books - Fancy Words #1 and #2 which list all the vocab words in the book
A mini book of Nancy's Rules to Explore which Faith wrote down & illustrated
A petal book of the French words in the book (which we'll add to our regular French vocab too)
On the right panel:
A "Map of My Territory" which resembles the map in the book, only with our neighborhood
A pocket with 3 mini books of insect life cycles (ant, butterfly & ladybug)
In the center panel:
A tabbed book of the butterfly life cycle in detail
A fun crossword puzzle of a butterfly with a hidden message
Hearts listing fun facts about ladybugs
The folder opened up:
A better look at some of the mini books opened:
Faith wanted to show the vocabulary book better:
And the butterfly life cycle book, she really liked this one:
From what I've learned, some lapbooks can go into a lot more detail with a lot more panels, making up nearly an entire curriculum worth of material. However, we are using ours for literature and some science and history. I already have a separate language arts curriculum, grammar, math, and chronological history that I don't plan to chance, so this will just supplement in those areas. Essentially, I'm taking her lead on where to go with the lapbook, which I suspect may have quite the science bent.
Now that we've tried one, I have more ideas for next time where we'll add a few more literature elements (plots, characters, etc). As fun as Fancy Nancy was, the book read more like a guide than a story, so the lit elements were harder to discover.
Next up, the Frog & Toad series by Arnold Lobel. Faith would have started tonight, if I would have let her. :o)