About a month ago I found the book Capital Letter Stories on clearance at Wal-Mart for $1.50. Gerrick doesn't write much because he thinks he can't (since his letters don't look perfect). He's never wanted me to show him how to write "properly" though, and I thought that this little book might be just the imaginative touch he needed to be willing to listen. Fortunately, I was right and he's gained a lot of confidence after just the first few letters. He also wanted to cut up the sheets after practicing writing the letters and make stick puppets from the characters...no surprise, he makes stick puppets out of EVERYTHING. :) Instead of just tossing his new puppets in the drawer with all his others, I thought it might be fun to have a lapbook just for them. Gerrick agreed, so we are working on it as we go. I figured how many pages we would need, and made the book from file folders and folding directions found here.
Here's the first set of letters. I printed the pockets from here on white card stock.
Here's the second set of letters, which we are still working on. I didn't worry that part of the picture was too big, I just turned it into a kind of lift-a-flap picture. There are several throughout the book.
The back of the workbook has a certificate onto which these "success patches" can be glued. We don't really see the point of certificates, so he's using the patches to decorate the back of the lapbook as he completes each set.
Here's tomorrow's letter. :)