In our grammar study, I wanted Sprite to make a handy reference for the parts of speech. So to make it more interesting than a mere list, I gave her a multi-colored layered book.
As we studied, she filled in the information and labeled the tabs.
And there it is — a colorful and useful reference which we turn to again and again. It somehow seems more powerful for a child to refer to her own reference book than using an English manual.
So don’t forget the many uses of minibooks. Even if you don’t like lapbooks, a minibook here and there can be a creative addition to your homeschool curriculum.
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I *love* that idea! I hope you’ll consider submitting it to the Homeschool Showcase. 😉
Terrific idea! I’m filing it away for when I begin “formal” grammar with my son next year.
Excellent! I think I have some of these made up from when I THOUGHT we would lapbook…. Great idea.
Great idea! I’d never thought of using the mini-books in this way. Something to consider doing with all of the *extras* we always seem to have left over.
Cool! I like this!
I hadn’t thought of mini-books, but I recently started making notebook pages of the parts of speech with my girls. It’s amazing how adding some color (underlining with colored pencils, putting a colored box around the definitions…) made a huge difference to them!! They’d enjoy mini books even more!!
Great idea! I sometimes forget about mini books for anything besides lapbooking, but this is a neat creative use!
Jimmie, I got here through HOTM. Another great gem–you are a veritable storehouse of creative wisdom! Keep it coming!
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Gee, Belinda! That’s some compliment!
I love this idea. I’m going to be teaching English at a home-schooling co-op this year, and I’ll definitely be using this for the 3-5th graders!
I am new to Pinterest . I don’t get completely how it works. Is this all we see of your speech book? Or is there a way to see inside the book?
Gaye Marianes Foc says
This is a great idea! Did you just fold 5 or so pieces of colored paper to make this tiered? I’d like to copy it.
Thanks for sharing,
Jimmie Lanley says
Yes, folded and stapled in the fold.