Lapbooks are little mini books held together and displayed in a folder on a topic or unit.
Lapbooks are a great activity . Why?
* You can print off the mini books and let your kids choose to do one activity at a time or to smash out the whole lapbook at once.
* You can incorporate research skills or they can do copy work to fill in the ‘information’ sections.
* Kids feel like they have agency over how they present their mini book. You can let them choose or for kiddos who need a little more guidance, you can make one alongside them and they can copy the placement.
* There’s opportunity to colour or paint. Many kiddos love a chance to get creative.
* The moveable parts in many mini books keep little hands busy.
* Many lapbooks are free! And there are lapbooks on almost every subject you can think of!
Here was one my kiddos did a few years ago on Vikings.
And another on Black Beauty after we had read it aloud together:
And the inside:
We have done lapbooks on the human body and health in general:
We've also done lapbooks on:
* Robinson Crusoe * Little House on the Prairie * The Tudors * Shakespeare * Australian currency and lots of others!
If lapbooks don't quite work for you, you might like the Download N Go unit series. One of the first mini units we did was Amelia Earhart . I've recently seen Mandy Adams' Learning And Journaling studies too and they look great.
I hope this might help explain a little about why lapbooks have been a great little learning activity in our homeschool. Do you use lapbooks? Which ones have been your favourite?
More soon, Lusi x