If you have been homeschooling for very long, you have probably heard someone mention lapbooks. As other homeschool teachers rave about their child’s latest lapbook about George Washington, you smile and nod, wondering silently, “What is a lapbook?”
No, their child didn’t write a novel about George Washington so big you have to set it in your lap to be able to hold onto it.
A lapbook is just a regular file folder filled with mini books (little booklets made of different shapes and sizes).
Your children cut out, fold, and write inside each differently shaped mini book about a topic and glue the min books inside the file folder.
Here is how to make a lapbook:
Open up the file folder, and fold in each side to meet in the middle. You can also add a flip up extension or another file folder to make multiple pages. You will find instructions with pictures on how to fold a lapbook and add lapbook extensions here.
The mini books are the meat of your lapbook. Mini books are little booklets cut into a wide variety of shapes, folds, and sizes.
You can print free lapbook templates or you can design your own.
But, what do we do with the Mini Books?
Let’s say you are studying George Washington. You might decide your children need to know about his family tree, his time in the Revolutionary War, his time as President, and something about Mount Vernon.
You choose a different style of mini book for each topic and write about the topic inside the book. You will then glue the mini books onto the inside of the file folder.
You can add decorations anywhere on the lapbook – the front, back, or in any empty space. These could be clip art, coloring pages, or freehand drawings.
It is nice to have a title on the front to help you find it later for review.
That essentially is lapbooking; although there are many different variations on the mini books and the way you put them together.
Whether you design your own or use some of the many free premade lapbooks available online, give lapbooking a try.
That way, the next time you hear someone talk about their child’s great baseball lapbook, you can smile with understanding and join in the conversation.