Big Sis loved the idea of making her own mini-books and artwork to go along with it. She colored, cut, folded, and pasted her way through penguin facts, reading comprehension questions, maps, and more to complete the project. We were both very pleased with the end results. She learned so much more than if we had simply done the read-aloud and left it at that. We were able to follow the rabbit trails of her interest and she had the feeling of accomplishment with the lapbook. She still remembers most of those facts today simply because she took a very active role in learning while doing the lapbook. From that first try, I was convinced that lapbooks are a great learning tool. We have completed lapbooks on literature, math, science, history, geography, Bible, and everything in between. With lapbooking, the only limit is your imagination!
10 Reasons to Love Lapbooking
- All ages can be included in the process.
- Basic skills like cutting and pasting can be practiced for the little ones.
- Deeper study on a subject or book of particular interest (great delight-directed or literature-rich activity)
- Allows for artistic creativity.
- Makes the lesson more memorable.
- Nice keepsake for the future.
- Hands-on activity for easily distracted learners.
- Visual aid for visual learners.
- Can be incorporated into all methods of teaching and learning styles.
- Excellent project to include in review portfolios if that is a requirement in your state.
Now that Big Sis is older, we have moved toward more notebooking as well. Lil Sis and Baby Girl have acquired the skills for lapbooking and they enjoy it. We’ve learned a lot about technique and materials since making that first lapbook, but I still have a special fondness for those penguins. =0)
If you enjoy unit studies and a literature-rich approach to learning as we do, you will most likely enjoy lapbooking as a supplement. All of these are great reasons to love lapbooking for the creative learning value it adds to your homeschooling.
Visit my Pinterest lapbooking board for more ideas!
Have you tried lapbooking? Why or why not?