We'll be rowing The Giraffe That Walked To Paris as well as studying Egypt over the next three weeks. We have lots and lots of fun things planned for our 2 week Egyptian study. The kids are 100% psyched for this because they've got this huge fascination right now with Egypt. I think Morgan will enjoy the Biblicial correlations considering our in depth study of Joseph last school term, and our current Moses study right now. They will both be completely blown away with the crafts, but, I'm getting completely distracted! Anyway, I decided to make the kids a lapbook for The Giraffe That Walked To Paris because I couldn't really find what I was looking for after a minor search. I've made the kids a few lapbooks in the past (yes, with the handy scrapbooking program which I never actually use for scrapbooking...) and it's always fun, and since we had 2 weeks off I had plenty of time to mess with this project. I put Jayden's lapbook together (pictured) because he's not SUPER big on lapbooks, but he doesn't mind filling them in. Morgan usually prefers to do his own thing with them, but he was making some funny comments about Jayden's being put together so I opted to glue everything in his as well this time.
The Giraffe That Walks To Paris is a book that took a bit of searching on our parts to get it at a reasonable price, and you'll need the book for the lessons. You'll also need Five In A Row Volume 2, for the lessons. The lapbook simply correlates with the lessons provided there.
We'll be adding these Bible verses to our memorization box. I've been quite impressed with how much the boys are remembering (especially since we've been a tad flaky on using it daily..) I even overheard Morgan quoting one of our "I'm afraid" verses to himself as he dashed off into the dark the other day.
This book is based on a true story about Egypt and France. In short the Pasha of Egypt opts to send the King of France a giraffe as a good will type gesture as France is currently not happy with a political move that Egypt has made. However, because we've studied France on past occasions, we'll be focusing in on Egypt. Now all I need to do is find someone willing to travel to La Rochelle so they can pop into the Natural History Museum so they can snap a photo of La Girafe. What do you think my chances of that are??
I also printed out a couple of science experiments for the boys to try out that will be simple enough to demonstrate wind power. All though, personally, I think this may be something they all ready understand because let's be honest the wind in our neck of the woods is strong enough to push a double stroller with two kids in it uphill most of the time..
We'll also enjoy a measurement lesson, which only has flaps for imperial measurements, but we'll probably tack on our metric numbers as well. (We go by kilometers not miles, meters not yards, etc..) Mind you, if I can't find my imperial tape measure we may only be doing metric measurements! In fact it will probably make for a great entry into their math journals.. You can download the 12 page lapbook here. It's a pdf and may take a minute or so to load considering it's size. I printed mine on colored paper, but any paper will do.