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Shannon's Lapbooking 101

Posted by on May. 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM
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We're HUGE Lapbookers...This post contains questions often asked of me by other CafeMom members about getting started in Lapbooking:

I haven't really found any that show you tutorials on how to build the lapbook itself. Any ideas? - Click here for Lapbooking 101!

I want to laminate my lapbooks.  - To laminate the entire background and some of the pockets use contact paper. I personally prefer my laminating machine, but for my large lapbooks with lots of stuff, I'll use the contact paper - even though I appear to be Contact Paper challenged as I always end up with bubbles in it..lol.

Also, how do they fold the lapbook after it's laminated? I am finding this to be a problem for me.  - Fold the lapbook first, then lay it flat to laminate -the contact paper, or laminate, won't completely adhere to the crease allowing you to fold it again. I also use a metal ruler as a straight edge and press the creases after they're laminated.

I am finding I want to do lapbooks for every subject and yet it is time consuming. Any tips on this?  -  Yup it's time consuming to prep everything...Essentially I print anything of interest whenever I see it, and keep everything in organized files. When we're starting a new month (new topics) I spend the last week of the month preping the lapbooks for the next month...since we do a lot of lapbooking it would take too long for the kids to do all the cutting and glueing and all, so I prep the labooks with all the cuting and pasting ahead of time - presenting the kids with a lapbook that just needs them to fill out the info as they learn the topic.

We generally do the following Lapbooks per month:

  • 1 state every 2 weeks,
  • Math of the Month - this is a single file folder that has all the worsheets, charts whatever the kids learned about that month, reinforcing the lessons
  • Sign Language of the Month - this is a single file folder that has all the worsheets, charts whatever the kids learned about that month, reinforcing the lessons
  • Latin of the Month  - this is a single file folder that has all the worsheets, charts whatever the kids learned about that month, reinforcing the lessons
  • Science of the Month (sometimes we'll do 2 a month).
  • History of the Month (this is another large lapbook covering the time period/event we studied that month).
  • Book of the Week - Magic Tree HOuse Series - my 7 y/o has to read one of their books each week and do a lapbook I preped on the story. I'll post what I've made this week for next weeks Polar Bears Post Bedtime  so you can see it. (remember the user name is kickbutttidbits with the password kickbuttmama)

So we essentially have 2 lapbooks in the works at any given time - but we don't do any other book learning...

What is the difference between Notebooking and Lapbooking?  -  In Notebooking you have a notebook/binder per subject (for the whole year) and there aren't all the little tabs and pockets and such. My son's have notebooking for their vocabulary....essentially each week they have to write out their spelling words, sentences, definitions, etc in their notebook....it's like a collection of worksheets without all the bells and whistles of a lapbook. Lapbooking is a collection of worksheets, flapbooks, whatever - kind of like a scrapbook you and your child puts together on the subject they learned about.

Any suggestions for lapbooking websites? - homeschoolhelperonline.com

http://www.lapbooklessons.com/

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/Lapbooks_at_HSS.php

http://www.squidoo.com/lapbooking/

 -- Minibooks (little ones to add to a lapbook, or a good alternative to the simple subjects). http://www.homeschoolshare.com/lapbooking_resources.htm

http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/templates.htm

http://www.txchess.com/minibooks.htm

clipart

 
 
 
 
  
 
helping to organize your thoughts in a lapbook - http://freeology.com/graphicorgs/index.php
 
Here's an outtake from Jamin a blogger who does a lot of lapbooking and unschooling with her kids
Jigsaw Puzzle Pattern (Heart) to print
7 pieces:
http://www.msssbible.com/memoryverses/createyourown/heartpuzzle3.htm
14 pieces:
http://www.msssbible.com/memoryverses/createyourown/heartpuzzle1.htm

Cool Shapes to cut and paste (suitcase w/clothing, paper chain of men w/ hearts, faces, etc.)
http://www.msssbible.com/memoryverses/createyourown/

Make your own postage stamp:
http://library.advanced.org/10320/Approval.htm

Templates to Print
http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/templates.htm

Templates, templates and more templates!
(Including templates to make mini folders!)
http://www.stampersmall.com/templates/

Templates For Pop-Ups
http://robertsabuda.com/popmakesimple.asp

Cool fold to include worksheets in Lapbook
http://wildwood.homestead.com/expandbook.html

Create Your Own Crossword Puzzle
http://www.edhelper.com/crossword_free.htm

Create Your Own Printable Awards
http://www.dltk-cards.com/award/

Make a Venn Diagram Online
http://teachers.teach-nology.com/web_tools/graphic_org/venn_diagrams/

Make a Timeline to Print
http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/timelines/

Program to help you write an Acrostic Poem
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/acrostic/

Free Printables
http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.abcteach.com/

Free Printable Mini Books
http://mrsjonesroom.com/teachers/minibooks.html

http://www.dltk-teach.com/minibooks/index.htm

Cindy Rushton Website
http://www.cindyrushton.com

Cindy Rushton's Blog
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/cindyrushton

Scrapbooking To Learn
http://scrapbookingtolearn.com/

Lots of Info on Lapbooking
Tobins Lab Lapbooking Info Sheet. Here is the link http://www.tobinslab.com/  
   **You have to register and log in, then click on the downloads and scroll down to the Lapbooking sheet. This is a sheet with some good basic info on lapbooking.  Here is the Tobin's Lab catalog section on lapbooking.  Lots of good resources for sale.  Here is the link to the catalog.  http://www.tobinslab.com/shopping/catalog.aspx?scCatalog
CategoryID=63&CategoryTrail=0
(This is a great place to buy Dinah Zikes books!)

Here are some great places to buy pre-made lapbook kits.  All of these offer Freebies!!!
Hands of a Child http://www.handsofachild.com

Live And Learn Press   http://www.liveandlearnpress.com
Knowledge Box Centeral  http://www.knowledgeboxcentral.com/


Here is a site that shows a Human Body Lapbook and all the links to make your own.
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/HSBCompanyBlog/230284/#c422930

Lapbooking Yahoo Group
In my opinion this is the BEST resource on Lapbooking.  Over 3000 homeschooling Mom's sharing ideas about lapbooking!  It is AWESOME!!! (And is brought to us by the ladies over at Hands of a Child.)   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Lapbooking/

Outside The Box Ideas

No law was ever written that lapbooks have to be in a file folder!  How about making a GIANT lapbook using a Presentation Folder?  - http://homeschoolblogger.com/jaminacema/109818/

Make A Paper Bag Book.  - http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/jaminacema/194729/

Make A Scrapbook Page - http://homeschoolblogger.com/jaminacema/105639/

 And of course my other blog at homeschoolblogger has much more in the way of links and such that I use so you can check it out as well...as it's really my Lapbooking blog..lol...and my Home Education Site might have some helpful tips...

Hope that helped!
Shannon
by on May. 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM
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LadybugsMonkeys
by Testing the waters on Jan. 30, 2011 at 11:21 PM

 Wow... Thank you! I wish there was a way to bookmark this!

THANK YOU you rock

EddiesGirl8400
by Welcome Squad on Apr. 18, 2011 at 3:55 PM



Quoting LadybugsMonkeys:

 Wow... Thank you! I wish there was a way to bookmark this!


THANK YOU you rock


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KickButtMama
by G.O. Shannon on Apr. 21, 2011 at 7:23 PM

You can always bookmark my lapbooking blog, which has much the same (and way more) information -

http://kickbuttcrazylapbooks.blogspot.com

SydeesMom
by Testing the waters on May. 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Thank you so much for all the links.....I have a bunch to look at in the am... :D

tuffymama
by Helping Hands on May. 17, 2012 at 8:16 AM
I'm glad this was bumped! Laptop is down and I've lost all my bookmarks temporarily. This is a huge help right now! Thanks so much for sharing.
KickButtMama
by G.O. Shannon on May. 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM
You're welcome everyone! ;)


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melissaoliver79
by Welcome Squad on May. 17, 2012 at 9:11 AM

thanks ... i am looking into all this good info

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