If you have children and haven’t tried using lapbooks you are missing out on a fantastic resource. I use them as a home educator but they are just as useful for a schooled child to reinforce a topic.
Families with children of different ages can find lapbooks very useful as the same subject can be used for several children who are at varying levels and have different learning styles.
All you need to make a lapbook is a document wallet, but you can also use construction paper or card. All a lapbook is really is a large outer cover which contains a collection of mini-books, flaps, pockets, folded display material and anything else you like. The content is totally up to you, we like to add artwork to the front to show the topic.
If you’ve been covering a subject the lapbook can collate all the main information into one place. We were covering The Vikings when I first found out about lapbooks so this was our first book. They are a hands on way of learning and the information seems to stay with the child as they are so involved with the construction of the book. My youngest regularly goes back to her lapbooks and re-reads them.
There are plenty of templates online as well which we do use, it is possible to make the complete book just using these. Just search lapbook resources and see what comes up. Pintrest is also full of usual boards for most subjects.
We are still quite new to lapbooks but below are photo’s of our first lapbook and the one we are working on now which is on volcano’s.