Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Madeline - FIAR CO-OP & Lapbook

As part of our homeschooling curriculum this year, the kids and I are working through Five In A Row Volume 1.  To begin, we chose to read Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. The concept of FIAR is to read the book five days in a row completing cross-curricular activities each day.  Throughout the week the kids learned about summetry, the digestive system, good health habits, Paris, France, and elements of art.

Through the local M-I-N-D homeschool group, I have linked up with other families in a FIAR Co-op.  We will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month to complete some group activities based on the selected book.  Today, we got together to meet and greet and spend some time reviewing Madeline.  Overall, my kiddos did well and enjoyed the new experience.  We are looking forward to getting to know the other participants better throughout the year.
Jeremiah & Caleb showing off their self-created innards :-)

Rachel posing by her digestive system.

The FIAR book has a wide range of activities to complete.  In addition, I have come to love the Homeschool Share website.  It has so many wonderful activities, and even has an entire page dedicated to FIAR.  Using printables from this site, the kids and I completed our very first lapbook.  A lapbook is made from a file folder and includes any combination you choose of minit books, lift-the-flaps, pockets, accordian folds, etc.  All three of the little ones were able to be involved at varying/appropriate levels, and Momma took care of the assembly.  (I know...  in the future, I need to turn over the reigns, but we are talking about a 3, 4, and 5 year old with glue and scissors???? AGHHH!)  Here's pics of our first creation.



Inside with Center Flap Lifted

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