I have been looking forward to sharing this post with you all week and the time has finally come thanks to the Back To School Product Swap!
I had a great opportunity to review a fabulous back to school resource; the Beginning of The Year Lapbook, designed by my friend and colleague Mrs. D. You can check out everything she’s got going on with back to school at her blog Mrs. D’s Corner.
When I discovered she sent me a lapbook, I jumped for >JOY< because 1. I’ve been admiring all the schnazzy lapbooks on Pinterest but still didn’t have any in my possession and 2. I wanted an interactive project for the first days of school, Well folks, Mrs. D made it ridiculously easy for me to decide exactly what that project will be (the back to school gods must be on my side this year)!
I’ve been working on creating a sample lapbook (with some help from my dog/assistant Gizmo) to use as a visual aide when my kiddos make theirs during the first days of school. I plan to have them work on a little portion each afternoon according to my game plan below.
The only prep I have to do for this project is to make copies of the reproducible pages and fold a set of manila folders “lapbook style”. I know my students will be eager to get right into designing, so having the folding done early will be ideal.
Day 1 – Cover Design
All 4 designs are adorable, but Gizmo is a boy so we went with this one.
Day 2 – Self Portraits
Love the idea of including both an illustration and a photograph – the families will adore looking back at these for years to come.
Day 3 – How I Feel About Starting 2nd Grade
My kiddos will do this early on when their jitterbugs are still alive and well.
Day 4 – Wishes for the Year
By Day 4, I will have introduced them to quite a few routines and given a preview of the road ahead; a perfect time to start making wishes!
Day 5 – My Parents Can Help By
This is the day of Back To School Night so I want to have the kiddos leave these on their desk for their parents to see when visiting.
Day 6 – When I Grow Up and Goals for 2nd Grade
Day 7 – Personality Traits
An opportunity for another mini-lesson! There is no such thing as too many lessons on adjectives, so I will start early. 🙂