Archives for January 2011

What is a Lapbook?

Last week I posted a picture of our Oceans lapbook on my Facebook page. I assumed everyone was familiar with lapbooking but apparently that is not the case. I’m super excited because now I have the opportunity to write a post and share some awesome lapbooks created by real life moms (not some fancy publishing company), and hopefully convince a few homeschoolers to try one of my favorite learning tools.

What is a lapbook?

In Happy Homeschool terms, a lapbook is a really cool hands-on method of teaching your children about anything! You don’t have to be a homeschooler to use a lapbook to teach your kids. Anyone can make one to help reinforce ideas your kids are learning at school, extra curricular activities, or church projects. I like lapbooks because my kids seem to remember lapbook activities better than just listening to read alouds or filling in worksheets.

According to Squidoo, lapbooking is defined as:

…making mini-books covering details that you’ve studied. After making a variety of mini-books about a larger topic, all the books are put together in a large folder. The finished product is called a lapbook because it’s large and covers your lap.

Lapbooks take on many different shapes and sizes, it just depends on how creative you are or want to be. Personally I use manila folders and card stock to create our books. I’m not the most crafty person in the world, so I stick to the basics.

Lapbook Examples

Currently we are using Discovering Jesus in Genesis for our bible lessons. Each day we read one lesson then create a mini book, symbol, or other small craft to put in our lapbook.

This is our Oceans book, we haven’t started it yet. I used a manilla folder for this book too, but I turned the book so it opens to the top and bottom not the sides.

Here are some lapbook examples sent to me by readers. If these don’t get your creative juices flowing I don’t know what will!

Addition lapbook (from Jennifer)

Money lapbook (from Jennifer)

Obedience Lapbook  (you can see the whole tutorial on Peace Creek on the Prairie)

Opera Lapbook (from Jimmie’s Collage)

Eclipse Lapbook (from Jimmie’s Collage)

As you can see from these lapbook examples, the possibilities are endless! If you would like more lapbooking resources check if your local library has The Ultimate Lap Book Handbook. I finally bought a copy this year and reference it often.

You can also find numerous free lapbook resources online.

Lapbook Lessons This free site contains a wealth of resources including templates, resources, printables, and entire projects. The only problem with this site is that it doesn’t display properly in Chrome or Firefox.

Jimmie’s Collage I think I’ve found my new favorite homeschool site! Jimmie has several awesome lapbooks on her blog and lots of great ideas! Click over to her site and be inspired to take your homeschooling up a notch.

Homeschool Share This is another free site with tons of lapbook resources. Free templates and entire projects are available to download.

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10 Reasons to Attend the 2:1 Homeschool Blogging Conference

I’m sharing my 10 reasons you should attend the 2:1 Homeschool Blogging Conference over on the Homeschool Post today. Come visit me over there!

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Free Audio Workshop: Building Character and Strong Work Ethics in your Children

Download your free audio workshop from Lifetime Books: Building Character and Strong Work Ethics in your Children. You will need to submit your name and email address, then you will be redirected to the free download.

Topics discussed in the free workshop:

  • What is character?
  • Why is it so important?
  • What is the most important character trait to work on?
  • Practical steps to reach character
  • How to use work to reach character
  • Great books that exemplify character qualities
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    Starting Up School After Extended Breaks

    We don’t normally take a month long Christmas break, but traveling, company, and our family vacation all made for an extended break. Starting back after a month off is really hard! The kids have been use to staying up later, sleeping in longer, and of course, not having any assignments. After surviving the first day with minimal issues I figured I would share with you some things I have learned over the years that helped us have a successful first day back.

    Gradual Schedule Change

    We just returned from vacation two days ago, so I didn’t want to wake the kids at 6am with a bullhorn. They have been use to sleeping in, so today I woke them earlier than usual, but not as early as they should be getting up. Their bodies are still on a stay up late schedule, and I wasn’t going to shock them back into real life. By the end of the week, they should be getting up at their previous wake up time.

    State Your Expectations

    Yesterday I printed out a schedule for each of the children and explained to them what subjects we would be tackling this week. I let them know before the week started what they needed to expect so we wouldn’t have any… “but I don’t do science” moments during our first day.

    Lower Your Expectations

    Kids are going to forget stuff and that’s okay. They might have a harder time sitting still or remembering their math facts, but after a few days they will be right back where they left off. Give some extra grace for the first few days back.

    Have a Plan for the Baby!

    The hardest part about going back to school for our family… Cora! She spent the last month getting attention from all the kids, all the time. Not to mention attention from Grandma’s, Grandpa’s, Aunts, Uncles, and friends. Today she had a hard time adjusting to not being the center of everyone’s world.

    Plan Easy Meals

    Starting a full school day after vacation is tiring! This is probably not the best time to plan a bulk cooking session or homemade pasta! This is a great opportunity to pull out a freezer meal or even cook up a frozen pizza to help take a little off your plate the first couple of days back.

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