They are a great tool to look back on and review or just for fun to see what you have learned!
Lapbooks are a good learning tool for any age.
There is a lot of flexibility in lapbooking, making it very easy to adapt to your child’s grade level. If you have children on different grade levels, lapbooks are a great way to bring them together. Many lapbooks are flexible enough to do together as a family!
A good place to start
An All About Me lapbook is a great first lapbook, it is fairly simple in technique and does not take much time at all. At the beginning of every year each of my boys make an All About Me lapbook. I got the idea from Live and Learn Press. They have many different lapbook products to choose from, including some freebees!
The All About Me lapbook is a great way to document your children’s growth each year. Each of my boys make a new lapbook every January and it is fun to look back on previous years to see how they have changed.
You can download an All About Me lapbook template and instructions for free here. To get started you will need a manilla folder, gluestick, scissors, crayons, pencils and anything else you might want to use to complete and decorate your lapbook. I have my boys put their handprints on the cover, I use tempura paint for that.
Where do I go from here
When I am putting together a lapbook, most of the time I just search the subject I am looking for on the internet. However, I do have some favorite websites for lapbooking.
Homeschool Share Share your ideas and use others’ resources for lapbooking, unit studies and more!
Live and Learn Press This website has many different premade lapbooks for sale and they even have a few good freebies! I have used several of their lapbooks and love their Apologia products!
Squidoo Great ideas and getting started tips.
Lapbook Lessons Fun lapbook ideas and they are always adding new stuff!
Lapbooks can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. My advice is to start small with a lapbook that you find online and work your way up from there. If you try to do too much at first, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the possibilities! There are many pre-made lapbooks available for purchase or free online, you can also design your own, the options are endless! The most important thing is that you and your children have fun with them!
Remember…start small and have fun!