Lapbooks are a brilliant way for kids to get together all the stuff they can find out about an activity and show it off.
You can see great ideas for lapbooking here as we take you through our homeschool favorites and give you our best tips on how to make your own.
Lapbooking is one of those brilliant hands-on
learning activities where your kids can put all the information you've
gathered about an exciting topic. It's an easy and fun way to show off
all you've learned using a whole range of different media.
The basic idea is to create lap books with a whole series of mini books about an activity.
Many families put the mini books in a lapbooking file folder, but in our homeschool we had lots of fun covering our living room walls with our dinosaur and rainforest lapbooks.
My children William and Catherine loved showing them off!
The great thing about lap books is that you can adapt them to different ages, with older kids enjoying a more sophisticated version.
Your lap book will end up as a large book with lots of mini books inside, each covering a different aspect of the subject.
You can make lots of different types of mini books to go in your lapbook, including shutter books, flap books and matchbooks.
Notebooking Pages has photographs, instructions and free templates for all your lapbooking activities. It also has lots of other templates for notebooks, covering great homeschool topics for lap books like:
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You might find it best to print off some lapbooking templates for mini books on white paper and choose ones that are easy to cut out and assemble.
But it's good to have a variety to keep your lapbook interesting and they don't all have to be white!
It's a good idea to get together things you might need for your lapbooks: pens, paper, glue, ruler, stapler.
In our homeschool, part of the fun of learning how to make lap books was William and Catherine thinking what might be good to put in them so I wouldn't over-prepare; running round the house makes things more enjoyable!
The exciting thing about lap books is that they are NOT all writing; we have lots of homeschool ideas of what you can fill your lapbooks with and how to make them appealing to kids.
When you've completed your mini books you can stick them into your
lap book file folder along with lots of other exciting additions which
your kids have discovered along the way.
Make your lap books come alive with lots of pockets, pull out sections, flaps and tabs.
Collect lots of different items to go in your homeschool lapbooks, e.g.
The first step
is to pick an exciting topic which your kids are interested in. If
you're looking for ideas, you can use many of the homeschool activities
here for inspiration:
And just in case you think your kids won't be 'learning' anything, here are a few ideas of what your lap book might include:
You could ask your kids if they would like to draw some animal pictures to go in mini books, include some photos and tickets from a real Zoo trip you've made and a map of the Zoo.
Lapbooks are a great way to get your kids to think about topics in a different way and enjoy showing off what they have achieved.
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