Imagine being able to make a book entirely on your own and be in total control of what goes inside. Imagine being able to hold that special book in your lap and review all of the special things you learned along the way.
That is exactly what lapbooking is — creating a handmade lesson book, designed to fit in a child’s lap, with all of that child’s learning and creativity all folded up inside.
Lapbooks are enjoyable to plan and creative to build. There is no end to the combination of pages, mini-books, decorative objects or other odds and ends that can be built inside. Plus, they can be designed around any subject or any theme, and contain just as much or as little as a student wants to learn about, document, and put inside.
Though the project isn’t for all kinds of learners, lapbooks are particularly appealing to younger students, those with more artistic tendencies, and children who enjoy project learning above traditional kinds of projects. They can be used for one subject, or several, lending themselves perfectly to the unit study homeschooling approach.
With lapbooks, there is no need to reinvent the wheel — free printable pieces can be found on the Internet. However, families can design and create lapbooks completely on their own, too.
Supplies include nothing more than tabbed file folders, paper for printing plus basic art supplies. Students can go a step further and add scrapbooking or other papers, twine and ribbons, stickers and small decorative objects, and just about anything that can be attached relatively flat into the book.
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