A lapbook can be as simple as a picture and a definition. Or, it can be extremely complex and in depth, complete with pockets, mini books, origami folds, flaps, pop-ups and more. Its all of which you choose to use, but the important thing is that you include the elements of learning. Lapbooking works well with unit studies or the style of learning that uses living books as opposed to text books. Any topic can come alive by turning it into a lapbook. All the cutting can be a pain, but when your little one is finally ready to add their details and bring their lesson to life with their creative side, it can get a little messy and a lot of fun.
Here in the pictures you can see what the kiddo's were up to with out lapbook on "Earth".
This lapbook may seem like a lot, but it is actually a lot smaller then a lot of lapbooks I have seen and that we have used. Most of our time doing this lapbook, was spent on cutting the mini booklet, resource template-pieces out. My kids didn't seem to mind the mess, they never do. (Lol) Like always, they easily get bored when it comes to cutting all the papers. Usually I try to have much of the inserts cut out before hand but its always good motor skills for them to cut some to. The rest of your time is shortly spent in filling information in and decorating your lapbook. That is it!
We have used lapbooks many times in the past, so we are fairly familiar with them. We have also used A Journey Through Learning lapbooks in the past and we will continue to use them. If you are interested in learning more about lapbooks, purchasing lapbooks to use, I do recommend checking out A Journey Through Learning, even if it is to try some of their free or lower priced items. It's a good start.
What about you. Have you used A journey through learning lapbooks before? Do you lapbook? What advice would you offer a beginner, pros or cons? Please leave us a comment below, we would like to hear from you.
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