Yesterday Elijah saw his Alice in Wonderland stickers and announced that he really wanted to do an Alice in Wonderland Lapbook (we read the book a few months ago). I gave him my reference lapbook and told him to tell me what he wanted. He decided on a few things, and we went to work. I didn’t know he would want to complete the entire lapbok in TWO DAYS.
He was stubborn about some of the types of minit books he wanted. I couldn’t believe it. I suggested a wheel for the Caucus Race, but he was determined that it should be a pop-up, and that I needed to copy the image from the book we read for the pop-up. He wanted another pop-up for the pig, a layer for the drink/cake, and a wheel for the Queen of Hearts so he could list "all kinds of things about her." He also wanted to include the Father William poem. I finally stopped suggesting things until he was stumped…then I did help out a bit with the endless decisions.
I can’t say that my son learned anything new while completing this project. That’s hard for me to think about. I don’t think this fits with any of the standards of learning lists I’ve seen. BUT…creative thinking, creative expression, and learning to love a story and wanting to share that with others…well, those things rank pretty high on my list.
Caucus Race Pop-up
Resources we used
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Mini-books (not all are in the file)