I’ve had A LOT of people e-mail me as of late to ask about how we either do Catholic Schoolhouse in general or how we do our lap books.
So, this is a post on CSH lap books.
First of all, we’re taking two weeks to cover every one week of Catholic Schoolhouse this year.
Why? It allows us to stay on pace with our little CSH group (two other families and us) when it comes to Art and Science. We’re only meeting two Fridays a month, so my kids finish a week and get to do the Science and Art activity from that week–so far. We’ll see how far off course we get once cold/flu season hits!
The other reason I’ve chosen to take two weeks to cover every one week is so we actually have time to do the fun projects I’ve been saving. This year we’re discussing American History and Westward Expansion, and since we live in the heart of Westward Expansion Territory, we plan on really using this to our advantage.
But onto the lap books. Lap books are one of my boys’ favorite activities. We did a few last year, but this year I thought we would do a lap book with all of the information from each week of Catholic Schoolhouse. As stated above, this gives us two weeks to finish one lap book–much more manageable!
What do you use for your lap books?
File folders. We then hole punch them and tie them with yarn or shoestring.
What do you put in your lap books?
I put all of the information from each week of CSH in each lap book. Some of these pages I make myself, others I get off the Internet. Pinterest has been an absolute lifesaver in this regard.
Here is Week 2’s lap book. Feel free to click on the images to see a bigger version.
I designed the lap book cover.
The timeline sheets were a Pinterest find–LOVE these! Love seeing the boys’ artistic interpretations of the events on the timeline!
The other information on the left-hand cover was stuff I printed up in Microsoft Word.
Drew up a quick “All About Saint…” sheet in Microsoft Word. The kids filled it out about St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
This is a “Master Composer Report” I designed in Microsoft Word. They filled it out about Bach.
This was a Pinterest find. They have all sorts of coloring pages for historical characters. This was Hernando de Soto.
Another coloring page for Francisco Coronado.
This is a “Person of Interest” page I made in Microsoft Word. The boys were horrified by the actions of Sir Francis Drake (I surely don’t remember hearing in school about how he sacked and destroyed Catholic churches in the new world–I believe he was presented to us as a sort of hero!).
And then they colored a picture of Sir Francis Drake. (Technically I think this was supposed to be Sir Walter Raleigh, but that hat…that feather–it just looked like a guy who would sack some Catholic churches!)
These pages were another Pinterest find to help us expand upon the Reptiles and Amphibians part of Science.
The back inner and outer back cover where they had to write their skip counting and the next part of Psalm 22, and paste the Latin they are learning.
(For those confused, the Psalm we are learning is typically referred to as Psalm 23 by most people, however, it is Psalm 22 in the Catholic Bible. I just happened to make a typo and write Psalm 24 when making this. But it’s Psalm 22. Confused? Good.)
And that’s our lap book for week 2 in Catholic Schoolhouse.
We did lap books for Week 1 as well, and the kids also dressed up in costumes they put together and portrayed a character from that week’s information.
P was Juan Ponce de Leon.
D was a Hopi Indian Chief–complete with some homemade Indian fry bread we made so he could serve it to Dad while he watched the “show.”
E decided to be a bat. Because we studied mammals.
The kids are currently working on week 3 this week, and we already have a good chunk of our lap books already done. I’ll try to post pictures next week of the finished product–and hopefully get a picture of them in their costumes on “Presentation Night.”