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Olivia is a gorgeous little pig who likes to dress up, sing songs, dance, think, snooze and is even quite good at building sandcastles. At the end of the day, when she snuggles up in bed and her mother reads her a story (or three), Olivia feels very full of love.

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If you have a strong-willed or spirited kid, or just a child who is constantly busy, you will relate with the story of Olivia (who wears everyone out, but is very loved).

The Olivia unit study will enhance your reading of the book.

Thanks to Taryn Hearn for preparing this Olivia unit study for Homeschool Share.

Olivia Unit Study Lessons

Here is a sample of the lessons you’ll find in our Olivia unit study and lapbook.

Social Studies

Things I’m Good At Doing
The author states that Olivia is good at many things. Have your child make a mini-book showing (with pictures or words) things that they are good at doing. 

Sibling Relationships
Olivia has a little brother named Ian. Sometimes they get along, and sometimes they don’t. Does your child have a sibling relationship they’d like to explore? Perhaps you are preparing your child for a future sibling. Use the mini-books provided (one for brother and one for sister) to explore sibling relationships.

Language Arts

Letter O
“O” for Olivia: Cut an “O” shape out of sandpaper, felt, or another textured paper of your choice. Glue the “O” on to a piece of construction paper. Help the child brainstorm words that start with “O.” Let the child draw pictures of the items (or look for them in magazines) on small squares of paper and glue the pictures onto the “O” page.

Teach your child both “O” sounds (long and short).


Have your child draw or paint a picture of their family just like Olivia has done.

Have your child create a splatter painting or string painting. (This activity of best performed in an area that is easily cleaned) String or yarn can be dipped in paint and then wiped across the paper. Or paintbrushes dipped in paint can be “flicked” at the paper to create a splatter effect.

An older student may be interested in learning about the famous works of art depicted in the book.


Olivia provides many opportunities for counting. Count all of the different Olivias in the book. Count the people (and animals) in Olivia’s family. Count all of Olivia’s different outfits. Count all of the different activities Olivia participates in.

Olivia also provides a good introduction to subtraction. At the end of the book, Olivia negotiates with her mother regarding nighttime book reading. Try using books (or another favorite manipulative) to introduce the concept of subtraction. “How many books do we have here? We have five books. If we put one book back on the shelf, how many do we have left?”

Olivia Lapbook Printables

This Olivia unit study includes a lapbook with the following printable activities:

  • Things I Like to Do Tab Book (weather connection)
  • Things I’m Good at Doing Simple Fold Book
  • My Brother Flap Book
  • My Sister Flap Book
  • Routine Chart
  • Packing for the Beach Shutterfold Book
  • Action Cards
  • My Book of O Words Accordion
  • Ways to Show Love Heart

How to Get Started with the Olivia Unit Study

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Olivia unit study and lapbook:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Olivia, or grab one from your local library.
  2. Print the Olivia unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the Olivia lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of fun-filled learning with your student.

Download Your Olivia Unit Study and Lapbook

Simply click on the picture below to grab your free copy of the Olivia unit study and lapbook printables.

Olivia Unit Study & Lapbook

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