I first learned about lap books about 2 years ago...I instantly fell in love. So when I was given the opportunity to review the Literary Genres Lap Book Mini-Study from Home School in the Woods' A La Carte products, I knew I was in for a real treat! This little gem is jam-packed with all the fun info and "pockety" goodness you'd expect from a lap book.
With a little help, my 7-year-old had no problems putting this lap book together. I helped with some of the cutting and assembling but she did the majority of it and it turned out great! I'm pretty sure she loves lap books as much as I do.
We started out with all of the required sheets printed out. We decided to do pink and green for accent colors. Cutting was probably the most tedious task but using a rotary cutter where we could really helped!
Of course, she enjoyed coloring in the necessary boxes in whatever colors she wanted. We assembled the "Genre Card Catalog" first. These little boxes have actual files that you can pull out.
They have a detailed genre description, as well as, suggested reading for that particular genre. I like that it gives students the opportunity to look at the description and connect it with familiar stories that they've read.
All of the pieces to the Genres Card Catalog fit together perfectly and they came out so good! Once we finished those, I attached the tablet and the flaps that hold the other elements of the lap book.
I tried to get all the step-by-step pictures of the assembly but, honestly, we were having so much fun I forgot...whoops! Anywho, the next two pieces were the "Book Stack Vocabulary" and the "Steps To Story Building." Under each "Book Stack Vocabulary" flap is the definition for that particular vocabulary word. The "Steps To Story Building" is...well, just that! Under each flap is a detailed description of each step, as well as, a question and/or action to help you build your own story.
The next piece is my favorite part of this lap book. How adorable are these little books though?!
These belong to the "Library of Good Reads" section. It's not just the adorable mini library replica that I love, but also the fact that my daughter can record details from all of her favorite books. Then, she can store them neatly away in her lap book. It really helps with recalling information from the text and it also encourages her critical thinking skills. I think she likes being able to keep a record of all the books she reads as well!
Here's a look at the "Good Reads Library" and the "Reading Tablet" fully assembled. The "Reading Tablet" allows you to display different projects (that white paper actually slides out) and it gives you several different project options. We chose the project where you illustrate a scene from a story you've read where the problem is being resolved. There's also a "Get to Kow Your Character" and "Write Your Own Story" project.
Oh, sweet triumph!
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