Barbara’s most recent article got me thinking of a possible lapbook to do with children at home or in your CCD class. It might be a great project for the begining of the year. Being that it’s the summer, I thought this might be a good time to start thinking about such things.
The Church dedicates each month of the year to a particular devotion. Depending on the source, slight variations in the list may occur:
Month Dedicated to:
- January The Holy Name of Jesus
- February The Holy Family
- March St. Joseph
- April The Blessed Sacrament
- May The Blessed Mother
- June Sacred Heart of Jesus
- July The Precious Blood
- August Immaculate Heart of Mary
- September Seven Sorrows of Mary
- October The Holy Rosary
- November Poor Souls in Purgatory
- December The Immaculate Conception
To help teach about this topic, I put together a pretty simple lap book. It consists of a folder and a couple of pieces of paper and the use of scissors and tape. Those of you who have seen other lapbooks I’ve put together know that I use the computer. The computer isn’t necessary. All of this can be done by hand. I only use the computer because it’s easiest for me and it presents more clearly (not to mention that fact that the only thing I can draw is a conclusion!)
The basic structure I use is two pieces of paper with one on top of the other. The bottom piece has the dedication of the month and a corresponding picture with it. The piece of paper on top has flaps with the name of the month on them. When the flaps are lifted they reveal the picture and dedication below. Now for the details….
Start with a plain piece of paper and split it up into 12 equal-sized squares. At the bottom of each box write the dedication of the month:
The next step is to add pictures. I used computer files. Your students or children could find pictures or could draw them. You might want to provide pictures for them to cut and paste or find some clip art coloring pages (small enough to fit in the box) for them to add.
Next, the overlay/cover page is created with each of the 12 months of the year written on it. Use another piece of paper and divide it up into the same sized 12 squares. In each square write the name of each month:
The next step, creating the flaps, can be a little tricky. Cut each row across, leaving you with 3 strips of paper (Jan-April, May-August, and Sept-Dec).
Next cut up along the line that runs through each of the months to separate them so they can be lifted individually.
After the cutting is complete, attach each row to the bottom sheet using tape or glue. Start from the bottom row and move up the page.
Once you’ve attached the sheets to each other it should look something like this:
The final steps entail making the lapbook itself using a manila folder. Follow these instructions to properly fold a manila folder. Put it all together by attaching what you created in Part One above onto the center of the open manila folder as such:
Add your title to the front cover, and it will look something like this:
You can use these files as a launching point: 12 boxes with dedication for each month (bottom sheet), 12 months with pictures of the dedications (bottom sheet), 12 months of the year (top sheet), and lapbook title (outside/manila folder).
I always recommend that you try this on your own before introducing it to the children. When I would do lapbooks in a group setting, I usually gave each student a “kit”, a ziploc bag with everything they needed to complete the lapbook – folder, minibooks, tape, instructions, etc. Of course, this was more work for me, but it meant that the student could spend their time on the content and not on cutting and asking questions like, “What do I cut next?”
Boy, these directions are tough! I hope it’s clear and that this is a case where a picture is worth a thousand words!
Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Anne
PS: I apologize for the darkness of the photos. Between the natural light of the day and the flash it was difficult to get brighter photos. If I’m able, I will repost with clearer pics.