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Modesty for Girls, Pre-assembled Review by Jacque Dixon

By Cyndi Kinney
Knowledge Box Central
7612 Millwood Dr.
Shreveport, LA 71107

The Modesty for Girls Lapbook from Knowledge Box Central is a hands-on study that uses the lapbooking approach to teach your daughters the value and importance of modesty according to the Bible. This study is suggested for kindergarten through eighth grade but is appropriate for girls of all ages. By requiring your children to do the research on their own and use more detail in filling in the booklets, you could adapt it for a high school student as well. For older girls, Mrs. Kinney does suggest a couple of additional activities that would be appropriate for their learning and maturity level.

This particular study is available in several formats. When you purchase the Pre-Assembled lapbook, you also receive the Modesty for Girls e-book. Other formats include a CD (so that you have a hard copy to keep) and a printed version to assemble yourself.

The Pre-Assembled lapbook comes with all of the booklets already fastened into the folders. Everything has been prepared so that you can jump right in and get started. The graphics are very feminine and are in an interesting array of patterns: flowers, a wardrobe, a hope chest, ribbons, bows, and a jeweled dress. The booklets are fun shapes and folds.

The Student Instruction Guide is a detailed set of directions that walks you through the individual projects in the lapbook. These directions are written in such a way that an older child could read them and do the projects on her own. The Teacher's Guide supplement enables you to facilitate your daughter's understanding of modesty. It contains supplemental Scriptures, questions and discussion topics, and websites that might be helpful in your study. The e-book contains helpful Web links to other information.

As she completes this project, your daughter will look at her own idea of modesty, what society says, and what God's Word says. She will learn to look at the way she currently dresses in the light of the Word. The study also discusses pop culture, how it affects those around us, and what we want our clothing to say about us.

You will be able to help your daughter form her commitment to modesty and teach her how to protect her modesty as you instill the values you find in the Word. Through copywork and the other activities, she will complete a lapbook she can refer to again and again.

I am impressed with the versatility of this modesty study. You can make this as simple or as in-depth as you would like. Having the study in e-book format or on CD will also allow me to use it again later, when my daughters have matured and need that deeper look at modesty in their lives.

If you purchase something other than the Pre-Assembled format, don't worry. Mrs. Kinney includes a step-by-step Assembly Guide with examples of how to fold the folders and where to place each project booklet. It also has color pictures a completed lapbook. You will find the templates for the booklets on the last pages. Everything you will need to complete your lapbook is included. The projects are easy to cut out and fun to do, and they work together well.

If you have the time to assemble your own, it can be quite a fun art project for you and your daughter. After some cutting, pasting, and fastening, the lapbooks are ready to write in. She can add whatever embellishments you have available to decorate the lapbook and make it truly her own.

If you want a fun modesty study that is ready to work on, the Pre-Assembled version of Modesty for Girls is a great choice for your homeschool.

Product review by Jacque Dixon, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August 2008