We all love the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder!
This year my 12-year-old-middle-schooler-who-thinks-she’s-junior-high asked for notebook pages instead of doing a lapbook.
I could see this transition coming. As she has matured, she readily writes lengthy and detailed narrations in her History notebook pages.
I created simple Little House notebook pages, using the question prompts from the lapbook download instructions.
Both children still cover the same work, but present it differently.
Miss K12 asked for a small booklet, so I formated it to A5 (half the size of normal print paper).
I included a new vocabulary page and I made her several blank pages for her to illustrate while I read aloud.
Here’s your free download ~ Little House on Plum Creek A5 Notebook
I’m delighted with her lovely, detailed narrations …
… and her beautiful drawings.
My 9-year-old still loves doing lapbooks. She feels comfortable with the small size of the minibooks. She happily fills them and often still needs more space.
She, too, will prefer writing her narrations in notebook pages soon.
Our combination pages are a good middle ground for this transition. We often paste minibook elements on a notebook page and it adds detail and dimension.
My youngest child still needs my help writing longer narrations. She starts writing her own narration, and I give her correct spelling prompts when needed. If she gets bogged down in tiny details, I encourage her to make her write short, clear sentences and make her point.
Quite often she get physically tired of writing (it is really hard work), but her brain is still full of ideas. Rather than let it become a slog, I play scribe and she enthusiastically dictates her flow of thought.
Satisfying for both of us.
I love my children directing some of their homeschool choices. It keeps them motivated. The freedom and individuality are the most wonderful part of a tailor-made education!
How do you allow for preferences and differences in your homeschooling?