A beloved book and a fun way to learn this week! I took some time with Ray Ray and Little Miss to enjoy this book all over again. I remember when I bought it for Moe Man…years ago when he was little like Ray Ray…oh, the memories!
We took this book and did a "Five in a row" type week…finding many different and fun resources for both ages! I pinned them over here on my Pinterest board just for this book! Each day last week we would sit down and read the book. But this time, I started it differently. Before I read the book, I told Ray Ray the title and asked him to tell me the story by just looking at the pictures. I LOVED this "picture walk" through the book.
We also did a review with this book. Have you heard of HS Highlights? I hadn't until now, and fell in love with these simple Unit Studies. They have Unit Studies and Lapbooks for picture books up to chapter books. If you can think of it, they will probably have it. We worked through a few of the activities I felt were Ray Ray's age and enjoyed how we were not only doing reading and writing, but math and science too!
A simple download of the 39 page eBook, and we were ready to get started on our way! Included in the download, you have a sample of the carry along lapbook you can make (we are still in this process since we added some other resources as well), with an actual picture of the sample with labels as to where you can put all your activities as you finish them. I love this idea, but for Ray Ray, he has to do it HIS WAY. He has always been this way, and I don't see it changing 🙂
If you have done lapbooks before, you have everything you need to complete this! If you haven't, it doesn't take much more than some file folders, heavier paper (or cardstock) and glue… But this unit also has a pattern for making a felt mouse! The activities were a fun way to study the book. We didn't do all of these activities because of Ray Ray's abilities, but I do see this as something we will pull out again next year and add onto.
This Unit Study Lapbook is available on HS Highlights webpage for $2.00 and is well worth that price! After looking at all of the activities and doing what we have done, the only problem I have with it is I wasn't able to do everything yet 🙂 I can't wait until the littles are a little bigger and than we will be able to finish it all! (Moe Man is not being left out, he is just working on his Percy Jackson Unit Study, which we will tell you about later!)
We did add a few other things into this unit that I felt were needed. Ray Ray is still working on those cutting skills, so we found some cookies to cut out! He enjoyed this for the first half, than said cutting circles was too hard. I was happy for how far he made it. We got to compare the mouse in the story to our Gerbil (desert mouse) here at home. We also had a good time with cookies and milk…don't forget the straw! Ray Ray even had to draw a picture and sign his name, with a pen.
This was such a fun unit and I loved introducing this book again to the kids! What are some of your favorite books to read and study with your kids?