Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Lapbook

A few years ago, when Morgan was six or seven, I purchased the Amanda Bennett Christmas unit study. I recall it being on sale at Currclick at the time and I was feeling all excited to do a fun study for the upcoming holiday. Let's just say that didn't happen. I was slightly disappointed at the time with the unit study. Honestly, I don't fully remember why other then thinking that it was just too much for us then.

We've wanted to do a Christmas study in the month of December for years, but it's just never panned out. Life happens, and we're often very busy wrapped up in the season between crafting and decorating to being outside enjoying the beautiful summer weather (remember we're in the Southern Hemisphere!)

However, this year I was looking through various unit studies that we all ready own and stumbled upon it again. As I was looking through it I knew it would be perfect for us. Funny how a few years can make all the difference in the world, isn't it? I took the time a few weekends ago to print it out and look through it and mark the areas that we'd work with. I also had fun checking the book list against the books I knew we had and flagging a couple I'd love to add to our collection.

Then the whole thing got shoved into my bag of planning stuff. It's where I keep upcoming unit studies, teacher manuals, and planning pages so I can grab it and take it to the park to work on if the kids are having a play. It's also convenient to pick it up and carry it anywhere to be honest, like camping or to the library or..

Last weekend I realized that our Christmas Study was due to start on Monday and that I hadn't finalized plans for it yet or looked at what we'd use for the Christmas Journal Amanda calls for. Her idea is to simply take a 3 ring binder, spiral notebook, or some notebooking pages (which were sold separately at the time and I didn't pick them up). I was torn on the whole idea. I have one who would have relished being turned lose with a notebook, and another who would have freaked out. I debated just doing a family notebook because there are some assignments for the Upper Level that I'd love to do myself.

You see, the beauty of these unit studies is that she's all ready broken it down into Lower Level & Upper Level. We'll be doing a little bit from each, focusing mainly on the lower level things, but there are some topics in the Upper Level I know the boys would enjoy talking about and learning.

In the end, I decided I'd make a lapbook to go along with the study. Some very creative and talented folks over at Homeschool Share have all ready done that for a few of the other unit studies by Amanda Bennett, but there wasn't a Christmas one. After asking if anyone was planning to make one for the Christmas study and finding out no one was, I decided I'd just have to submit myself to taking on the task. Normally, that's not a big deal, but for the past 23 days I've been up to my eyeballs in NaNo.

I took last Sunday and spent the entire day putting together this fun lapbook. The boys are very excited to start Christmas school and seeing all the fun booklets only encouraged it. (I had to print a few booklets off to make sure I had things lined up properly!) The lapbook is made to be used with the Unit Study, and from what I understand there are some $5 sales happening over at the Amanda Bennett Unit Studies website! Check the link each day for a different set of Unit Studies to be on sale, personally I'm hanging out for a couple I really hope make the sale list!

If you'd like to download your own copy of the lapbook you can do so here. It's a 27 page pdf so it may take a moment or two to load. Despite some of the pictures looking wonky, the pages all print out just fine! Oh, and while looking for a free coloring page to use as the cover of this lapbook, I stumbled upon a site that had free Mobiles & Dioramas of the Nativity story. I can't wait to work on them with Morgan!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your hard work!

carriejoy said...

Yay! Thank you friend! Also, the link for the mobiles and dioramas did not work for me. :( I tried just using the main site name and access was still forbidden.

Kendra said...

Stink Cj! I'm having issues now too.. but if you do an image search for it you'll at least see what it should be. BUmmer, I hope they fix it because it was so awesome. I regret not saving it last night, but that's why I posted the link here.

Kendra said...

Okay, try this link.. It's cached, but it worked for me and I could open each one up in a new tab and save them in case they don't fix it! :D

Tricia said...

This link (below) worked for me:

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cooperkelly4 said...

Just downloaded your lapbook! Thanks so much. =0)Kellyc

Anonymous said...

Thank you! This will make the unit study so perfect. Thank you, thank you! I know how much work this is. I appreciate your generosity and sharing.

Mandalynn said...

I just found you through Google, and even though this is a few years late, THANK YOU!! :) I am SO thankful that someone else had the talent & foresight to see the need & fill it for a lapbook compatible to this wonderful unit study! :) Again, THANK YOU!! :)

Deborah Thompson said...

Thank you for your hard work. I just bought the unit study from Amanda Bennett and was looking for a lapbook to go with it. I love what you put together. Thanks so much