When we first started homeschooling, I read a lot about lapbooks, but never fully understood what they were until I found some helpful YouTube videos, click here for one that explains it really well.
We get our lapbook resources here, but also incorporate our own ideas to add as well, or take some of them out. We customize for us, but its a nice starting block.
My son was a 1st grader and my daughter a Kinder when we made our 1st lapbooks. This was for our Aviation/Wright Brothers unit. We built wooden airplanes, bought and tried out rubber band airplanes, drew an airplane using a video instruction, and of course watched a documentary and learned airplane terms. They HAD A BLAST! And so did I!
Then we did another for Johnny Appleseed. The kids really enjoyed trying all the different apples, and deciding their favorites, then counting out how many seeds were in each apple. We also added in the corner their favorite apple food and had the kids draw a photo to add. On the bottom we took note of the book we read from.
Our last lapbook we did the first year was on Sharks. We took a trip to the ocean afterwards. On the back of this one we glued the bar graph for the different sized sharks, and we set their drawing of a hammerhead (which we followed another online video) inside for safe keeping. I also made my own card holder for the photos of different sharks.
They really enjoy them so much. I think it’s mainly because you get to see all that information you want them to get in a more kid-friendly, eye-appealing way. Even I tend to be more interested in what we are learning!
The kids enjoy gluing, stapling, and (some) cutting also.
Lap books are a unique way to store the information you want your kids to get, its not the entire unit however. We still do other activities, and I record that in the lap book as well. Like the books we read, the movie/documentary we watched, a field trip we took, etc. It’s nice to see this when we look back at them and remember all the fun things we did. We also put a photo in there if we take one.
It’s been awhile since we did the whole lap book thing, but with our latest Science topic: WORMS, we are using them again. I’ll post about that later.
I highly recommend trying it out and seeing how your kids respond to lapbook learning!
This year I think we are going to try and do 1-2 a month. It’s well worth it to me if the kids retain the information better, and look more forward to learning 🙂