A little over a year ago, I was in eastern Washington at a teacher store and I came across a few books called “Build-a-Skill Instant Books”. I thumbed through them and thought these would be great for both of my boys to use. What I loved about them at first glance was it reminded me a lot of lapbooking.
If you’ve done lapbooking before you might be familiar with the concept of cutting out templates or booklets and filling them in with information and pasting them into a folder, binder or scrapbook.
I decided to purchase all of them since I live in Montana and have never seen them locally. They come in two sets of grade levels. K-1 and 2-3. The ones we are working on are all pertaining to Language Arts and are very hands on in approach. They do have Math books to use but we have not used those.
Grades K-1 come in several different areas of study for Language Arts including:
- Word Families-short vowels
- Word Families-long vowels
- Consonant Blends and Digraphs
- Color, Shape and Number Words
- Short and Long Vowels
- R-Controlled Vowels-Vowel Digraphs
- Sight Words, Part 1
- Sight Words, Part 2
- Beginning-Ending Consonant Sounds
- Synonyms and Antonyms
- Time and Money
- Math Facts to 20
Grades 2-3 areas of study include:
- Irregular Vowels
- Compound Words
- Parts of Speech
- Verb Forms
- Multiplication and Division
We’ve worked on several of these books in both grade levels and my boys have learned alot. Each book has several styled books to cut and fill out. Some to color if you choose or copy them onto colored paper. We have taken the books they’ve done and placed them like lapbooking or added them to existing lapbooks they were working on that related to the Build-a-Skill books.