Thursday, March 27, 2008

Some lapbooking questions answered...

After my post yesterday about lapbooking I received some questions, so I thought I would make a little post here to answer them.

Question #1- How do you create a lapbook?
Answer #1- Well, I got the basic folding technique from this site: very helpful, basic ways to fold lapbooks. You can find more links about what lapbooking is all about and how to do it on this site:

Question #2- Why is it called a lapbook?
Answer #2- I have no idea!! That is a good question though! Of course I can't leave you hanging with an answer like that though! So, after some looking I found out (at least according to this site- that they are called lapbooks because they are large and cover your lap (hehe)! No, seriously- that is what it truly said! Look for yourself! I am sure there has to be a better explanation, but so far that is all I have found. Sorry!

Question #3- Do you plan on creating one every week?
Answer #3- Yes, indeedy do! However, there are lots of people who do one per month or one per whatever topic they are studying- however long that topic takes to learn. It is really based on personal preference. I plan to do one for each theme of the Letter of the Week curriculum, which equals out to one a week. We have been doing enough activities that I am having trouble fitting them all in one book, so one per week is my minimum (it's the over achiever in me!). With older children you could obviously do much larger and more detailed lapbooks. They work well with any kind of curriculum really- unit or individual subject. They also incorporate well into the Heart of Wisdom teaching approach.

Well, I hope that helps shed a little bit more light on what lapbooking is all about! So far I am really enjoying putting them together with Roman and I love to see the joy on his face when he shows them off! Yup, I think we will be sticking with lapbooking for many years to come!


Heather B said...

Thank you so much!!! I've never heard of this before. I do scrapbook but on my computer. I have no scrapbook supplies at all. It looks like all I would need to start is some folders and pretty paper. I did find your definition of lapbook online, but I like to think of it as a learning scrapbook. Maybe someone combined the two words. I would love to do this with my boys, but I fear that I do not have the patience.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea! I look forward to joining soon! Have a blessed weekend.

lcourtneymom said...

I love lapbooking! Ours don't look as beautiful as yours did. My dc (ages 7 and 8) do all the cutting and gluing, so they look very "child-made." :-) My dd (8) really likes doing it, but my ds is not so excited about it. So, I don't think I would use it as my only curriculum, but I do like to do it every once in a while as a supplement. I also plan on doing an alphabet lapbook with my 3 and 4 year olds next fall.


Amydeanne said...

your lap book looks amazing! I think they are called lap books b/c you can unfold them on your laps! lol. And I'm feeling better now that my tooth is out.. and yes.. lol I dread the wait for my next one! Thanks for asking!