Monday, May 26, 2008

Knights and Castles

Long, long ago in a land far away, a young boy started learning about knights and castles. He read lots of books and even went to the Medieval Fair. He completed all kinds of activities. And then all the stuff sat on the dining room cabinet until his mom finally glued it in the lapbook this week. So without further ado, here is what we did! There are lots of pictures, and if you get to the end, there's even a giveaway!

We used several non-fiction books during our study. Some (like the Seymour Simon one) I used for reference for myself and read bits and pieces to Jack; others (like the Gail Gibbons one) we read through together.
We threw in some fiction as well. Jack loved both of these books.
Just as we were getting started, Heather had an online Usborne party and I found some great books!

This pop-up book was a huge hit. It had lots of information, so we went through it bit by bit. Jack was fascinated by the dungeons and the guy who had to shovel the poop.

Our completed lapbook--This is a unit I am turning in to Homeschool Share for the Blast (read about it here if you missed it) and Jay did all the artwork for me!


Close up of The Life of a Knight booklet. I can't figure out why this won't rotate. Ugh.

What Happened Next? cards--We put these in order instead of doing a regular timeline since years don't really mean anything to Jack yet.

Weapons close up--I was thinking this might be too hard, but as soon as I put the cards down Jack grabbed the crossbow and said, "Hey! What are we doing with this crossbow?" So I guess he was paying attention.

Castle dot-to-dot (On the other side of the flap)

Under the flap--When I went to glue the pocket in for the matching game I realized it was a little too small, so that's on my to-do list for tomorrow!

Map close up--Again with the rotation problems!

Jack used stickers from this book for the decorations. I got it for only $1.00 when Dover was having their big sale a while back.
And now for the giveaway! If you would like the chance to win this copy of Castle Diary, please leave a comment on this post by midnight on May 31. I will draw then and announce the winner!


Anonymous said...

Love the lapbook! I will have to do that with my boys... who are surrounded with princess Jessy stuff! Thanks so much! Susie

Stephanie said...

Your lapbook looks great! I can't wait to see it on HSS.

Sarah said...

Wondeful lapbook. My 6yo loves to do lapbooking. Please enter me to win that nice book :)

SeekingHim @ gmail dot com

Tana said...

Looks like a huge success! I will definitely have to do it with my kids.

I would love to enter to win the book!

Thanks for sharing! Looks GREAT!

mommatder at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Wow, Jen! Can't wait to see the finished unit at HSS. I'm getting excited to see all the new units available! You guys did a great job! I'm so impressed with your husband's artwork!!

Anonymous said...

I wish I were even half as creative as you!

Very cool!!


Bonnie said...

What a fun lapbook idea! Love it. My daughter will too, thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

I'm in! What a great unit Jen. I can't wait until it comes up on HSS!

Don't forget Duchess Bakes a Cake from FIAR!

Heather W

Shannon said...

Wonderful lapbook! I had wanted to do a Knights/Castles unit next year and I'm so excited that you're submitting yours to HSS - can't wait to use it! Thanks so much.

Procrastiknitter said...

Wow, the lapbook is great! I'm homeschooling the girls this summer for remediation and enrichment. Nan and I will start a lapbook soon I hope. I followed your link to Homeschool Share and it is so great! Thanks!

The Cloar Clan said...

Great Job! I can't figure out how to add text to the templates at HSS!!