12 Days of Christmas Lapbook

November 30, 2006 at 11:34 am (Uncategorized)

I have been working on putting together a lapbook for the 12 Days of Christmas.  I thought I would share what I have come up with in case anyone else wants to do it with their kids.

I first heard the Christian meanings to the song three years ago and have wanted to teach the kids about it ever since.  There is some question as to whether or not this song was originally written as a Catholic Cathecism in the 1500's.  During that time in Europe the Catholic Church was being persectued.  Whether it was written with the intent of secretly teaching children about Christian priciples or that was added later, it is still a great way to teach our kids about the Christian faith! Now that I know about lapbooking I figured it is the perfect opportunity!

The meanings are here:

Day 1Partridge In A Pear Tree – Christ who died on the Cross for our sins
Day 22 Turtle Doves – Old and New Testaments
Day 33 French Hens – 3 Virtues (Fatih, Hope and Love) 1 Corinthians 13:13 (?) Gold Franckinsense and Mhyyr.
Day 4 4 Calling Birds– The 4 Gospels, Matt, Mark, Luke & John
Day 5 5 Golden RingsThe first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch:  1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy.
Day 66 Geese a Laying – The 6 days of Creation
Day 77 Swans a Swimming – The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1) prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, and 7) compassion (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)
Day 8 8 Maids a Milking – The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake. (Matthew 5:3-10)
Day 99 Ladies Dancing – The nine Fruit of the Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness, 6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control.  (Galatians 5:22)
Day 1010 Lords a Leaping – The 10 Commandments
Day 1111 Pipers Piping – The eleven Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16).
Day 1212 Drummers Drumming – The Twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed:
1. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth,
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord,
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell.
5. The third day he rose again from the dead;
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
7. From there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
9. I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints,
10. The forgiveness of sins,
11. The resurrection of the body,
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.

The 12 Days of Christmas in general:

And some clip art here:

Coloring Pages:
Word Search:
Alphabet Activity:

Here is a worksheet where the kids can draw and write about the origins of the Song. 
Draw and Write Worksheet:

Day 1Partridge In A Pear Tree – Christ who died on the Cross for our sins.
Coloring Sheet with John 3:16

Day 22 Turtle Doves – Old and New Testaments
I thought this would make a cute mini book or it would be nice to put them in a pocket so the kids could take them out and put them in order. 
Old Testament Flashcards:
New Testament Flashcards:

We will also include information they have learned at Awana about the Bible.

There are 3 special names for God's Book:
1. Holy Bible
2. Word of God
3. The Scriptures

God's Book has 2 parts:
1. Old Testament
2. New Testament

There are 27 books in the New Testament
There are 39 books in the Old Testament
The Holy Bible has a total of 66 books.

Day 33 French Hens –  Gold Franckinsense and Mhyyr.
Gold, Frank & Myrrh Poem:

Day 4 4 Calling Birds– The 4 Gospels, Matt, Mark, Luke & John

Day 5 5 Golden RingsThe first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch: 
Rorah Scroll Coloring Sheet
Have kids write the names of the books of the Torah.
Wiki info on the Torah

Day 66 Geese a Laying – The 6 days of Creation
Story of Creation Mini Book
Misc Creation Printables

Day 77 Swans a Swimming – The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Day 8 8 Maids a Milking – The eight Beatitudes:
Cut bees out of color paper and write a “bee” attitude on each.  punch a hole in each bee,  Stack them and make a fan type book by inserting a brad through the holes.

Day 99 Ladies Dancing – The nine Fruit of the Spirit:
Fruit of  the Spirit Fruit Tree:
Fruit of the Spirit Coded Puzzle:
Fruit of the Spirit Poem:

Day 1010 Lords a Leaping – The 10 Commandments

Day 1111 Pipers Piping – The eleven Faithful Apostles:
12 Disciples song
Free Printable Bible Trading Cards
http://www.ebibleteacher.com/children/cards_free.htmree Printable Trading Cards

Day 1212 Drummers Drumming – The Twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed:
Make a booklet and include the creed inside.

If you have any ideas or resources that would be good to include in this I would love to hear about them! 

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Shameless Bragging

November 29, 2006 at 11:18 pm (Uncategorized)

Since this is my blog I hope everyone will allow me a few minutes of shameless bragging!  LOL  My 12 year old son LOVES to draw.  Over the Summer he did a HUGE drawing project of all kinds of amazing creatures.  Here is one of my favorites.

Yesterday he surprised me by turing it into this:

Okay, shameless bragging in over now.

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It's The Cnnamon Bear!

November 29, 2006 at 11:09 pm (Uncategorized)

Cinnamon Bear Graphic


The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has a serious “Black Friday” sale happening right now. They have extended this sale through Saturday, December 2nd and Christmas delivery is guaranteed, too. All shipping in the online store is free as well – there is NEVER a charge for shipping OR handling.

Check out the levels! Certain purchasing levels get you valuable gifts, and one is “The Cinnamon Bear” series (audio) from Homeschool Radio Shows with a bonus coloring book. You can get up to $180 in freebies (including the one most appealing to ME – 26 complete episodes of “The Cinnamon Bear”) just for participating.

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Good Christian Men Rejoice Lapbook

November 28, 2006 at 10:27 am (Uncategorized)

mamaduso stopped  by my blog the other night and left me some awesome information on a unit study she had found online.  It is called Good Christian Men Rejoice and is a study of the following songs:
















Here is the link to the free online unit study

Here is a link to a free site where you can listen to all the songs.

She was wondering if I had any ideas on how to make it into a lapbook.  It looks to me like this would make a wonderful lapbook!  Here is what I came up with:

There are already lessons set out for each of the songs.  The one thing I thought would be fun to do is to make a mini book for each song and to make it in a shape that represented the song.  (Example: Silent Night– Star, Away In The Manger– Manger, Hark, The Hearld Angels Sing – Angel., etc.)  Then inside each book I would put the suggested lessons that are in the study.  There are a lot of great ideas already included. Like for Good Christian Men Rejoice they suggest you make a birth announcement for Jesus!  How cute would that be to include in a lapbook!  I would also put some basic information about each song (Who wrote it, where was it written, etc.) and maybe even include the first stanza or the Chorus of the song.  I am thinking maybe it would be a good idea to make each booklet rather large.  Maybe this would be better as a notebook than a lapbook? We have not tried notebooking yet, but I did see a cute idea awhile back to wrap the actual notebook in wrapping paper and ribbon making it look like a gift.  I was thinking this would be really cute to incorporate with this one.  Another thing you could do is go to the Scrapbooking store and get paper that looks like sheet music.  That would make really adorable backgrounds and matting for the mini books. Or you could decorate the outside to look like a music folder and then have pages inside that looked like what a choir would be holding when they were singing the hymns. 

Oh, my mind is swimming with possibilites!  Thanks so much mamaduso for leading me to this GREAT unit study!  Hope a few of these ideas will get you headed off to make this one into a lapbook!

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Christmas Cards Made Easy

November 26, 2006 at 10:50 am (Uncategorized)

Christmas Cards are my favorite part of the holiday!  I love sending them and I love getting them.  It is so fun to hear from friends and family that have scattered all over the place.  But, I know some people don't enjoy the sending part nearly as much as I do.  Well, have I got an idea for you!

Here is a company that can take your Christmas card list and send real cards (with a real stamp!) through the mail..

Here is a little info on what they do:
Let us do your custom Christmas cards for you!

  • We print your custom Christmas cards
  • We put your personalized message inside, in your handwriting, with your signature
  • We can print up to 4 of your photos inside the card
  • We even have a little elf who stuffs the envelope, licks the stamp, and puts it in the mail
  • All this for less than 98¢ per card (plus postage)! That is less than a cup of coffee!
  • NEW: We can even put a gift certificate or a personal check inside the card!

By the way, this isn't something I just found online.  This is a real live friends business.  So, I know the service you are going to get will be great!

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Desert Christmas

November 25, 2006 at 11:14 am (Uncategorized)

Living in a desert climate during the holidays is something I may never adjust to.  I grew up in the Midwest with snow and cold blustery weather, and while I don't miss the actual coldness, I do miss the romantic notion of a white Christmas…Well, in the spirit of “When in Rome do as the Romans do” last night we went to a local Cactus Garden Christmas Light display.  250,000 lights all wrapped around cactus!  Was it pretty?  You be the judge?

Yes, it was georgeous!  Absoultley stunning!  I just couldn't help but wonder how many injuries the poor souls that had to hang all those lights must have suffered!  LOL  It was actually quite magical walking along the paths and being totally surrounded by lights.  In some ways it did remind me of being surrounded by snowfall with a full moon shining bright. 

Of course Santa was also on hand.  We got off easy this year.  The 2 year old told Santa he wanted candy, and the 5 year old asked for “something special”.  (The 12 year old has entered the state of being only interested in money!  LOL)

Christmas is a month from today….Ready or not here it comes!!!!

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Thanksgiving Game Lapbook

November 23, 2006 at 10:08 am (Uncategorized)

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise:
give thanks to him and praise his name.” – Psalm 100:4

My 5 year old and I finished her Thanksgiving Game Lapbook.  This one was just as much fun as it looked when I got it!

Here is the cover.  I realized after I took this picture we forgot to write the title on the front.  But, we have an excuse!  It is because we were too busy PLAYING with all the great stuff inside!

Here is the 1st thing to do in the lapbook.  match the lowercase letters to the uppercase letters.  I thought she would think this was boring, but she LOVED it!  She kept matching them over and over while I was reading to the kids about Thanksgiving. 

The little booklet of Thanksgiving songs was fun for us ALL!  It was funny because my kids were just talking about how there are no Thanksgiving songs.  Well, now we know about a dozen!  (All set to tunes we already know like Twinkle, Twinkle and I'm A Little Teapot.)  These were very fun to sing while we were assembling our lapbook.

The game on the right side is a Indian stick game made with craft sticks.  I also noticed in this picture 4 of our craft sticks are missing.  I guess someone is playing with them!  LOL

This is a sequencing game.  My daughter loves this one too.  And the Great Turkey Hunt is 3 turkeys to play hide and seek with.  The kids want to do that one on Thanksgiving. (Kind of like an Easter Egg Hunt I guess! LOL)

So my opinion on this pre-made package from Knowledge Box Central is that it is FABULOS!  I can totally see us doing other Game Lapbook E-books from Knowledge Box Central.  As a matter of fact I already have the Christmas one waiting to be assembled!

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Candy Pilgrim Hats

November 22, 2006 at 11:40 am (Uncategorized)

If you like the Candy Turkey's we made, you will love these little Pilgrim Hats! I saw them on the Peterson's Family Happenings blog.

Here are the directions…on you guessed it…the Family Fun website.

Here are a zillion other fun & yummy Thanksgiving related things to do with food from Family Fun.  (I think we are going to try to make the Tee Pee Treats)

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FREE Asia Lapbook

November 21, 2006 at 9:33 am (Uncategorized)

This just in…..The Homeschoolestore.com is offer a FREE Asia lapbook this week.  Click here for the link.

This looks totally AWESOME!  It includes information on People, Language, Religon, Government, Geography, Climate, Economics, Animals, History, Regions, Countries and Languages. 

Here is the description:

What is the LARGEST continent in the world? Asia! There are many other LARGE facts about this diverse continent. For example, Asia has over 45 countries, is home to the world’s highest point, the world’s longest river, and the world’s highest mountains. Discover Asia in our newest unit of the Continent Series. You and your students will find a 23-page guide that covers the people, animals, regions, and much more about the continent of Asia. Also included in the guide part, are a list of all the countries, vocabulary, and a list of resources for further research. In addition, we have included 22 hands-on activities to correspond with all the topics included in the guide. Explore Asia in our newest of the Continent Series!

I can't hardly wait to get my 12 year old started on this one!!

By the way, if you are wondering how I find out about these freebies here is one of my sources…..The Homeschoolestore.com has a free weekly newsletter that includes a FREE download EVERY WEEK!  What's not to LOVE???


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Thanksgiving Crafts

November 20, 2006 at 10:01 pm (Uncategorized)

Here are some clever Thanksgiving crafts we have either done or are hoping to do this week.  Thought I would share my research.

Handprint Turkey with Poem

Turkey Hat

Pilgrim Hat Saftey Pin craft

Paper Bag Turkey

Garland of Gratitude

Salad Spinner Turkeys

Thanksgiving Songs to learn

Thanksgiving Worksheets

Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgiving Crafts, Worksheets, Printables and MORE!!!


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