Author: Kendra
• 6:17 PM


This weekend I worked on putting together a lapbook to go with our upcoming studies for the book The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills. I'm quite pleased with my efforts, and hopefully that doesn't sound overly prideful! It's a nice feeling when you work on something and you're really happy with the outcome of it. While I'm usually content with the lapbooks I make sometimes one comes along where you'd like to scrap it and start all over again.







Needless to say this doesn't fall into that category. Yes, the cover (picture on the left) is a bit dull looking, but the idea is for a child to turn it into a rag quilt with bits of paper, pencils, markers, or stickers. I know my eldest will go completely crazy with that. He's very artsy and enjoys anything that allows him to indulge in just such a fancy.

I also put the "by" line on the bottom because my delightful Morgan has taken to putting his name on all his papers. As if, by some unfortunate chance, I might forget what his name is. Funny story there actually.. I use to work daycare at a local YMCA before I had children. One lady dropped her son off and told me his name was Ben. She walks off and then came running back to tell me his name was also embroidered on his bag, "You know.. in case you forget or something!" I couldn't decide if I should laugh or not, because while I found it hilarious I was wondering exactly how incompetent I looked at my job. Then again that might have been the day my boss accidentally gave me Tylenol PM when I needed something for a headache.. But I digress...


This File Folder Book has a total of 7 full pages of booklets and pieces for assembling into your own little file folder book. All the booklets go together with the lessons in your Five In A Row Volume I Manual (all though now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I accidentally wrote Vol. 3 in the printable.. Mmm) Once again I put the labels for the booklets on opposite pages so that if you choose to print on colored paper you can have extra color going on there. I've also included some fun links for Coal Mining. Some from Australia and some from America. My kids will be tickled pink to see that kind of comparison. I'm pretty sure they'll laugh themselves silly over that Facial Expression Booklet (above) too.


 I've also included an experiment for making your own compass. While that's not a lesson included in the lesson I thought it would be fun for the boys to locate the Appalachian Mountains by way of the compass rose. And, because we picked up another amazing science experiment book about compasses, what a timely lesson to throw into the works! Yes, that's also one of our fun recipe cards. It holds a recipe for Coal Cookie Bars (aka 7 layer bars). The recipe on that card is not sugar free. When we make them, we will edit the recipe for a sugar-free version and share it. I figured most of you wouldn't be into having to make your own chocolate and graham crackers in order to use the recipe. You can download your own copy of this File Folder Book here.

Note: I forgot to include the Australian coal for kids link! The information there is what the coal booklets were based on. You can find the link here.
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31 comments :

On August 8, 2010 at 7:57 PM , Kylie said...

This is fabulous Kendra, thank you so much. We have The Rag Coat Girl sitting here in waiting to be rowed. :)

What program do you use to make your lapbook templates and such?

 
On August 8, 2010 at 8:02 PM , Kendra said...

It's a scrapbooking program that's pretty cheap and got bad reviews via Amazon. For scrapbooking yeah it's not great, but for lapbooking, notebooking, cards, etc. we love it. Creative Keepsakes Scrapbook Designer. I'm going to be holding a give away for this VERY soon. :D

 
On August 9, 2010 at 7:07 AM , Kylie said...

Oh yes you have mentioned that before, now I remember. :)

Great, will be keeping my eye out for it then. :)

I currently use publisher, which is fine but time consuming at first.

 
On August 20, 2010 at 1:47 AM , Anonymous said...

thank you thank you thank you for sharing this lapbook. You have no idea what a blessing it is!

 
On September 16, 2010 at 3:56 AM , Anonymous said...

Another great one! We're going to do this next week. Can't wait!
Thanks!
Kate

 
On September 19, 2010 at 1:38 PM , natalie said...

WOW!!! This lapbook is amazing!!! Thank you for posting this for FREE!! You are truly a blessing!! Thank you again!!!

 
On October 9, 2010 at 2:54 AM , Anonymous said...

Thank you soooo much! What a blessing to have this!thanks for sharing your time, talent and "know-how " with us!

 
On October 20, 2010 at 12:46 AM , Beth said...

Thank you for this wonderful lapbook resource! My son rowed The Rag Coat last week and he used your template to make a coat like Minna's using scraps of cloth and glue and he had a great time with it. We also enjoyed the coal related activities. Thanks again, I love your blog! :)
- Beth in NH, USA

 
On November 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM , Anonymous said...

So excited to find your blog with this lapbook! It is beautiful! What a wonderful gift you have! Thank you so much for your heart for sharing! Have a blessed holiday! Hope from PA, USA

 
On August 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM , Beth said...

THANK YOU!! How generous that you are sharing this with all of us! We are just starting FIAR in a few weeks and I can't wait to dive in!! Again, thank you for sharing and for all your hard work!

 
On August 23, 2011 at 6:20 AM , Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all of your hard work, and for sharing it with us! This is going to be a great lesson!!!

 
On September 4, 2011 at 1:02 AM , Leslie from Gettin' Skooled said...

This is UNbelievable! No wonder you're so proud! I would be proud of my work too! This is wonderful. I can not thank you enough for being willing to share this.

 
On September 7, 2011 at 12:25 PM , Marion said...

Appreciating all the work you did on this lapbook and your willingness to share with the rest of the world.
Marion

 
On September 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM , SnoopyGirl said...

Thank you for providing this free lapbook! :)

 
On October 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM , Christine said...

Thank you so much for this lapbook! You did an amazing job!

 
On November 8, 2011 at 2:37 PM , Lexi said...

Wow! This is great! We loved reading this book and now we're going to have to read it again with the lapbook!

 
On December 1, 2011 at 6:36 PM , Anonymous said...

I have been looking for something to go with Dolly Pardon's "Coat of Many Colors." Your work is perfect for that book too. Thank you for sharing.

 
On December 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM , House of Romaine said...

You are my hero! Trying to put information together every week for my FIAR books is so time consuming, and I really don't have money to buy the kits for lapbooks. This will save me MUCH time for next week! Thank you!

 
On January 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM , Leslie said...

Thank you! This is a great resource for us to use this week!

Hugs to you!
Leslie

 
On January 17, 2012 at 6:34 AM , Jean said...

Thank you for posting this. homeschoolshare was lax on offering for The Rag Coat, so I'm glad I found your site to round things out, lapbook-wise. Thanks again!
http://therealmomreview.blogspot.com

 
On May 4, 2012 at 5:41 AM , Jolynn Lee said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I'm new to FIAR, and this lapbook makes my life so much easier. Again, thank you for your kindness.

 
On August 27, 2012 at 2:18 PM , Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the blessing of your hard work. The kids and I will be doing "The Rag Coat" this week and doing your lap book. May God richly bless you for sharing in His work! Thank you so much! Amy, TN

 
On December 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM , Kathy K said...

Just found this today, thank you! It's a perfect resource!

 
On January 21, 2013 at 9:46 PM , Anonymous said...

Wanted to say thank you for sharing this resource!! It is designed beautifully and will help with our weekly lesson.
Tracy, Military Homeschool Mom in Italy :)

 
On January 21, 2013 at 9:46 PM , Anonymous said...

Wanted to say thank you for sharing this resource!! It is designed beautifully and will help with our weekly lesson.
Tracy, Military Homeschool Mom in Italy :)

 
On January 21, 2013 at 9:47 PM , Tracy said...

Wanted to say thank you for sharing this resource!! It is designed beautifully and will help with our weekly lesson.
Tracy, Military Homeschool Mom in Italy :)

 
On July 7, 2013 at 11:10 AM , LaMonica said...

Thank you so much! We'll definitely be using this lapbook and many of the others you have so graciously given away for free. What a blessing!

 
On August 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM , The Intersection said...

This looks like such a wonderful resource, however, I can't seem to find the images to print. Not sure if it a problem on my end, or if you have removed them. Thank you.

 
On October 8, 2013 at 4:00 AM , Mary Lemasters Tahir said...

This looks really great, is the link still available somewhere, the one here doesn't seem to be working.

 
On October 8, 2013 at 7:44 AM , Kendra said...

Mary the link is still live, all though it may be slow: http://aussiepumpkinpatch.com/uploads/pdf/Ragcoat.pdf

 
On October 15, 2013 at 1:40 AM , Becki D said...

Thanks so much for putting this together and sharing it! :-)