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Friday, January 2, 2009

Our Geography Travel Log

To keep track of our travels around the world using a notebook approach of sorts. I've found a way to include the lapbooks that we've made to go along with our studies and we are also having fun stamping our passports each time we leave a country that we've been studying.

Just to give you a peek into our binders, here's how I set them up. I belong to a yahoo group that had the files to print off for the binder cover. We are using Flag It World Flag stickers as our "passport stamps" as well as the blank passports that I found to use from Rainbow Resource (you can buy both together and save a little bit).

The binders were picked up at Walmart and I bought a set of 8 tabbed dividers so we had place to put info from each continent and its' countries behind each divider. The binder collects and holds all the things that we create: our flags, country information sheets, Children Just Like Me sheets, currency sheets, etc... anything that might be fun for the kids to flip through later and remember what we studied.

When we create lapbooks that are related to the countries that we study (China: Pandas, India: Tigers, Japan: Volcanoes), I found a way to put them in the back of our binders so that they are all in one place. I cannot remember for the life of me where I saw the idea to use the duct tape on the side of the lapbook, so I apologize in advance. It's been extremely helpful though, so I put together a separate post on how to store lapbooks.

Once our study of a country is done, the girls find the flag sticker belong to that country and we put it in our passport along with the dates that we studied that country. The passports were blank and I used some of my alphabet stamps to stamp each page and then a marker to divide and section out the pages for the dates and stickers. The front cover design of the passport was also a file that I found via a yahoo group (and there are not big black blots on the actual passport like you see in the picture - I just blotted them out since there was some personal information on the picture).

Hope this helps some of you all out in picturing how we are pulling it all together in our studies. If you have any questions, feel free to post and ask.

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