Thursday, June 5, 2008


We decided to step away from Before Five in A Row for awhile and do some simple unit studies. Almost all of the lapbook content came from This is a wonderful website offering TONS of free lapbook content.

The first segment covered both Stephen and Rhea's all time favorite subject of trains. We did a huge lapbook and read dozens of books. There is no shortage of train books at the library. The second segment included other vehicles and modes of transportation and another dozen books from our wonderful library.

The big family adventure to conclude this unit was to Blackberry Farm. The kids are finally old enough to appreciate the 1840's atmosphere and slightly grasp the concept of how people might have lived back then. They had a small warehouse of old horse carriages and we talked about how they were pulled by horses and people used them like we use our cars. Stephen found an old two seater sled that would have also been pulled by horses and was trying to figure out how that would have worked. We were also able to go into some buildings that we haven't seen before including a simulated street of old downtown Aurora. The kids saw a barber shop, pharmacy, photo studio, music house, bar, hotel, dress shop, and general store. Rhea kept wanting to go into the shops and was upset that all of the doors were locked. She finally gave up and said "let's get out of here". From there we went over to see the animals, Blacksmith, and Weaving House. This of course lead us right up to the carousel and train station!

Lapbook #2


Book List:
Choo Choo Clickety-Clack by Margaret Mayo
Little Louie Takes Off by Toby Morison
The Little Engine That Could by Waty Piper
Train Song by Diane Siebert
Train Song by Harriet Ziefert
Fire Truck to the Rescue by Steven James Petruccio
Freight Train by Donald Crews
A Ride in the Crummy by Gary Hines
If I Could Drive an Ambulance by Michael Teitelbaum
Boats on the River by Peter Mandel
The Train by David McPhail
Cars, Cars, Cars by Grace Maccarone
Hello Frieght Train by Marjorie Blain Parker
Train by Chris Demarest
Train Stories by Heather Amery and Stephen Catwright

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