I am by no means a super-lapbooker, there are many out there and I have learned a TON from them! But I do get a lot of questions regarding lapbooking so I thought I would do my best to put what I have learned all into one post for anyone who is interested!
How do you incorporate, choose, plan, and prepare?
- We use lapbooking as a supplemental part of our learning.
- We began lapbooking at the beginning of Pac Man’s K year.
- We focus our lapbooking topics mostly around science, social studies, and special holidays.
- Pac Man (currently age 6 1/2) chooses his own lapbook topic about 99% of the time, that way I can be sure he will be interested in it!
- I search for a free lapbook first, and then if I can’t find one already pre-made , then I search online at different printable sites for pieces to incorporate into the lapbook. If I can’t find exactly what I am looking for, I will make my own templates, using Microsoft Publisher. If I make anything, I always share it in PDF form, on our lapbooking webpage.
- We usually only have one lapbook going at a time now. When he was in K, we usually had 2 going at one time because his core work was so easy for him. Now that regular schooling is at his level, we usually only work on one supplemental lapbook at a time.
- We *do* the lapbook in various ways, but mostly Pac will complete one mini item for the lapbook each day and then when we have exhausted the topic, we will put it all together as a summary. There are many ways of thinking about this though.
Where do you find free lapbooks, helpful tutorials, or other bloggers who show their labooks?
- Lapbooking on Squidoo (a great tutorial for those starting out)
- How to Plan a Lapbook on Squidoo
- The Simplest Lapbbok Ever on Squidoo
- Lapbooking FAQ on Squidoo
- How to Begin Lapbooking (by, Jamin)
- Homeschool Share (a WONDERFUL site with free lapbooks, we use this one the most!)
- Laobook Lessons (free to join)
- Walking by the Way (Ami’s wonderful blog showcasing many of their great lapbooks)
- Reference Lapbook
- Just Call Me Jamin (lapbooks featured on her super blog)
- School in R’ Home (lapbooks featured on her great blog)
- Our (1+1+1=1) Lapbooks (the link to all of our lapbooks on this blog)
- Our Lapbook Webpage (featuring the templates I have made for different lapbooks)
- Lapbooks on the Web- my ever-growing list of link to different free lapbooks found online
What supplies do you keep on hand to make lapbookng easier to manage?
- Colored Paper (Neon Assortment, Warm Assortment, Cool Assortment)
- Paper Cutter
- Double-Stick Tape (tons)
- Colored File Folders
- Laminator (not a needed supply, but comes in handy)
- Assorted Library Pockets
That about covers the basic questions I have received. If you have any others, leave them in the comments below and I will add the answers (if I know) there so others can see them too. If I personally think of anything else, I will edit the original post and add to it! A huge thanks to those who have shared and taught me along the way!