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Making Your Own Word Family Lapbooks

folders-24867_640Here is a sample lapbook from 1+1+1=1 to model after. I love this simple idea. Those are the best. The lapbook includes a poem, an easy reader, and copywork. We like to use a spiral notebook for ours and use duct tape on the spine for longevity. I think a word list would be a good addition. You could incorporate a word list into your mini-book or even into a word family wheel. You might also use these Editable Lapbook Pages to copy and paste word lists, your poems, or individual words with a picture on the cover.

Word Family Lists and Poems

This endless list of word families from  Mrs. Alphabet also has poems you can copy and paste onto a document or lapbook template.

Here is a grouping of CVC Word Family Wall Cards from 3 Dinosaurs.

Copywork or Worksheets

ABC Teach only has a few of these copywork booklets available for free, but the idea is a simple one a easy to reproduce in Word.

Starfall’s Download Center has several printables for word families that would make a great lapbook activity. allows 10 free downloads a month and has several nice word family activity pages to choose from.

Everything is free over at Have Fun Teaching, including these word family worksheets.

The sample at the top used the poem as the copywork activity. You can easily make this yourself by copying and pasting the poems from Mrs. Alphabet (above) into handwriting generator like the one here at Handwriting Worksheets or by using the fonts here at the Learning Place.

Free Homeschool Deals has shared a Short Vowel Worksheet Packet and Short Vowel CVC, Stamp ‘n Write booklets, both from Mama’s Learning Corner.

Word Family Readers

One of the sites below shares how the author made her mini-books.  It is so easy to make your own with the lists available in the above links. You could even incorporate lines from the  poems or make your own simple sentences.

Hubbard”s Cubbard is a great place to start for word family readers.

The Measured Mom has some short vowel word family sets.

Lavinia Pop shares some short vowel word family readers at Teacher Pay Teachers.

These phonics readers from Progressive Phonics include short vowel word families. You could easily print each word family out separately to make your own book or page for your lapbooks.

Starfall’s Download Center has several printables for word families including mini-books. I like the “find the word in  the picture” page.

Word Family Pictures

Storytime Standouts provides and shows you how to make your own word family flip books, as well as providing words and picture sheets.  You could cut the sheets with words and pictures to staple into your own little book or have you child use for a matching game that is then pasted into the lapbooks. Be creative and have fun with it.

About 3 or 4 sections from the top, you’ll find a group of word family printables from The Measured Mom (again). She has a lot of pictures to use for word families. You could use them as a bingo type activity and then create your word wheel (below) using the word ending and pictures provided.

Pixabay is a great place to find your own pictures for free.

Word Family Wheels

I think these could be a great addition to your lapbook. Word Wheels can include some of the words in the list, as well as pictures to match them. You could trace one of the pre-made word wheels to make your own template. If you make one in Word, you can add text/picture to it before printing or you can have those on a separate page for your child to cut and paste on.

ABC Teach has a huge selection of resources on the free portion of their site. Here are some word family wheels.

34 FREE Short Vowel Houses from The Measured Mom (one more time 😉 ). Check out the rest that she has pinned!

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Lapbooking in a Spiral Bound Notebook

We are working on Bible History this year. I honestly don’t how long this will take us. I can see it taking 4 years. I don’t map things out well. I just decided it was important to do, so we started. Dad is reading during the evening Bible Study and I am reviewing the information during the day before the kids work in their notebook. We are using Aunt Charlotte’s Stories of Bible History  For the Little Ones primarily. We supplement from time to time when an event we would like to cover is missing.  Often we have used Answers in Genesis. Information for the Ice Age and Dinosaurs after the flood was easy to find in kid-friendly language. They have a great little search engine in the top, right-hand corner of the page. If you type in your topic along with the word “kids”, it  will bring up all of the articles from the kid’s site first.
My oldest two are also reading from The Story of the Bible From Genesis to Revelation told in Simple Language For the Young for their personal devotion. My youngest is reading these slideshows from the Garden of Praise.
100_1243 100_1244 100_1245 100_1246 100_1247 100_1248 100_1249 100_1250For the components of the notebook, I am using a combination of lapbook pages and notebooking pages from a couple of different sites. Each of my children are expected to write according to their skills. My oldest always has the most to say. She is hoping to give it to someone who needs to hear the Gospel. She is writing with a purpose. My middle child hasn’t liked to write in the past , but again he likes the topic and the project has also given him purpose he doesn’t find with other assignments. We discuss what questions to answer and he writes in his best hand, in his own words. My youngest is 5 and she answers some simple questions. I write the answer down on a sticky note and she copies them in her notebook.
Daily work in the notebooks include, copywork, lapbooks, notebook pages, and mini-books from the following sites.

Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool  has designed history units from Creation to Today. They are organized by time periods and include colorful lapbook pieces.

Notebooking Nook has ancient history notebooking pages and activities that coincide with The Mystery of History and some other packaged curriculum. I’m using some of the timeline for my guide and using some of the notebook pages.

Bible Story Printables has Bible timeline cards including blank cards to create your own. The site also has some colorful notebook pages, Bible crafts, storyboard printables, mini-books, copywork and more. So many resources there!

Sprouting Tadpoles is another site I use to help me guide me with a timeline. I also use some of the pictures from the timeline cards to help illustrate the lapbook covers.

We are doing all of this for free with exception of the spiral notebooks. The kids really love what they are creating.

Here are some other FREE Bible History Ebooks you might like to use for the daily readings. You’ll find some for younger children and some for more in depth world history study.

Young People’s Illustrated Bible History

Young Folk’s Bible History

Bible History

Parley’s Common School History Revised

Bible History for the Use of Children and Young Persons

The Children’s Bible Picture Book

Bible Stories for Little Children

Complete Bible History from the Creation of the World Down to the Death of the Apostles

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