I Love Soccer Lapbook

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wabarkatu Dear Readers

Both boys love soccer!  Did I say ‘love soccer’?  They really loooooove soccer!  So much so, that they were very keen to complete a soccer lapbook all about their favourite sport, Alhamdulillah.

With the FIFA World Cup fresh on their minds, they enjoyed this project completely.

We took our inspiration from our dear sister at Iman Homeschool and used some of the templates from Homeschool Share.  We also designed our own mini-books.

We used the following books:

'The Everything Kids Soccer Book'

‘The Everything Kids Soccer Book’

'Eyewitness Books: Soccer'

‘Eyewitness Books: Soccer’

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Fact File

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Fact File

Soccer is Fun

Soccer is Fun

Here’s a few photos of what the lapbook looks like and the mini-books contained in it:

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Lapbook Cover

 

 

The Content:

  • Where in the World are the countries that played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup?
  • Soccer vocabulary
  • Where in the world are the top soccer playing countires?
  • The Referee
  • FIFA World Cup Facts
  • Traction Action (facts about cleats on soccer boots)
  • How can you prepare yourself to be a great soccer player
  • Sportsmanship
  • FIFA World Cup winners since 1930
  • Facts on fouls

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Overall the boys really enjoyed working on the lapbook and were very excited over the finished product Alhamdulillah 🙂

What lapbooks have your kids worked on that they totally enjoyed and read over and over again?

 

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Our BIG Prophet Yusuf (as) lapbook – Part 1

Bismillah

Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatu Dear Readers,

Alhamdulillah, we have completed our Prophet Yusuf (as) lapbook.

Cover Page:  Prophet Yusuf (as) Lapbook

For those of us new to lapbooking, lapbooking is an easy way to document and organise what kids have learnt of a particular topic.  Lapbooks are suitable for all age groups and you can get kids involved in lots of creative and fun ways inshaAllah.

There are many homeschooling sites where you can find downloadable lapbooks with all the mini-books and information you need to put it all together – both Islamic topics and other.  You can find a variety of lapbooks at this site with great Islamic references TabarakAllah – http://wp.me/p4xVBE-a

To put a lapbook together yourself, you need a few basic materials:

  • coloured manilla folders
  • coloured paper
  • glue; and
  • pens, pencils etc

Also, if you have chosen a topic to learn about; for example, kangaroos, pick a few books on this topic to base your learning on and to use to compile the information contained in the lapbook.

To put together the lapbook on Prophet Yusuf (as) we used Tell Me About The Prophet Yusuf (as) written by Saniyasnain Khan (published by Goodword Kidz).  The book is easy to read and has lovely pictures (suitable for younger kids).

Tell Me About Prophet Yusuf (as)

The book is divided into 23 chapters each covering an aspect of the life of Prophet Yusuf (as).  After we read a chapter, I would ask the kids a question or two (or three!).  I would then write this information into a mini-book that the kids created.  I encouraged them to create mini-books that were similar to the theme discussed. For example, when discussing the family of Prophet Yaqoob (as), H (7 years old) made a mini-book in the shape of a tent.

Mini-book:  The Family of Yaqoob

Alhamdulillah, I learnt a thing or two about lapbooking from this experience that inshaAllah will make any future lapbooks easier:

  1. Pick age-appropriate books to read and use as a basis of the lapbook.  While the book Tell Me About Yusuf (as) was easy to read and understand, it probably was a little too lengthy for my kids (5 & 7 years).
  2. Be consistent when working on the lapbook.  For example, work on it for 10-15 minutes each day over the period of about 2-3 weeks (longer or shorter depending upon the topic).
  3. Have examples of mini-books already made up to make it easier for kids to select a mini-book that they like to use.
  4. Encourage kids to draw an aspect of the story or decorate it with games etc as they wish.  This is a great way to get younger kids involved in the process.

InshaAllah in the next post I will include some pictures of the completed lapbook.

Have you used lapbooking in your homeschool?  Do your kids love them?  Or dislike them?  What have been the things you have learnt from the experience of creating lapbooks?  We’d love to hear about your experience!

Jazak Allahu Khayran.