What exactly are lapbooks or "folder books?" I certainly had no idea what they were a few short years ago. But, now I know...
They are interesting, colorful, and visual records you create with your child using file folders and art supplies after studying a particular subject.
I discovered these as we were working through an activities-based homeschool curriculum and they quickly became a terrific complement to our homeschool lessons.
First, visit some sites that explain how to make lapbooks and maybe even include some free templates to make the task easier. Next, assemble the supplies that you will need to create them. Then, make a sample ahead of time to show your children. Finally, call your children and review the topic and begin to make all the little books, folders, and other great inserts needed for this project.
When we start to make these fun review aids, we usually pull out all of our art-related home school supplies but mostly we use these:
They can cover a broad topic, such as money, or you could target a more specific topic like "how money is printed." Lapbooks answer the five W's about a subject-who, what, where, when, and why.
I really enjoy using them as part of our home school curriculum. They allow me to gauge just how well I've covered a topic and determine if further study is needed.
I use them to review, assess, and preserve what has been studied with our children. They love showing them to family and friends, too. Usually, a slight competition even arises and everyone secretly works on their projects trying to produce the most creative.
You've heard what I think about lap books. Now, hear what my children had to say about them:
And, from my high school age children...
I think that tells it all, don't you? Try making these fun records with your children and you'll see how great they can be.
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