The Tudors


No, I am not talking about the tv show The Tudors. Although he is very nice to look at! I am talking about the real people in history, the people that helped form that country.

We did our first lapbook for the Tudors. If you have never done a lapbook and are a bit scared……. don’t be! This was easy, it took about an hour, and Monster Child got a lot out of it.

What is a lapbook? A lapbook is an inexpensive portfolio or collection of mini-books, flaps, and folded display material,
that provides interactive space for drawings, stories, graphs, graphics, timelines, and written work from any topic, unit study, book you choose. It is usually gathered, glued, and creatively displayed in a colored standard sized cardboard folder, often folded in a “shutter-fold”  that fits in your lap.

You can find tons for free lapbooks on the internet or you can piece together your own. I have found that this site has a lot of reources for lapbooking.

We did our Tudor lapbook and got out template from Practical Pages. She had one of the best Tudor lapbooks I could find.



This is the outside of our Tudor lapbook.


Here is the inside and yes I did the cutting. While Monster Child’s had writing is improving….. his cutting skills are than to be desired.

While writing facts about the different Tudors we got to Elizabeth I and he wrote down Virgin Queen.

He writes the word virgin and then tells me “I know what that means…..”
Me: “Oh yeah, what?”
Him: “It means she is not married. ”
Me: “Ok, kind of it……. it means she is not having sex. “
Him: “Yeah mom, that means she isn’t married.”

Ok, I will take that.

Monster Child was extremely excited about this and each family member got their own private lesson from him about the Tudors.  Somehow this lead to a discussion about lances which in turn lead us to watching A Knight’s Tale. Which is a great movie and to a great line that Monster Child repeats several time a day to me.


Peace, Love, & Cupcakes



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