Lapbooks and Other Hands on Learning (Teaching Creatively Blog Hop)

I love hands-on projects. I found out after about a year or so of homeschooling that I’m just not a textbook person. I like to DO things with my kids. So this topic sounded easy at first. When I began planning what to write, however, I was stumped. We do so many wonderful hands-on things that I couldn’t decide what to write about. After all, this is one post- not a book.

I decided to focus on lapbooks. If you’ve never heard of lapbooking, prepare to be amazed. If you are a fan of lapbooks, I hope I can give you some new ideas.

Lapbooking for homeschool

The concept of lapbooking sort of goes along with the scrapbooking craze. In the years before digital cameras (and before I had children) I spent hours of time and hundreds of dollars scrapbooking. Every picture I took and had developed (remember the days of actual film!) was carefully cropped and prepped and then placed on a scrapbook page where I added papers and stickers and cute sayings to make adorable pages.

Lapbooking took that concept of decorating pages and brought it into the educational arena. In lapbooking, you can make mini books with information from the topic you are studying and place them in a lapbook made from file folders. You can decorate your lapbook with themed decorations and add pictures and anything else you want for the finished project. The process of creating the mini books cements the knowledge that the child is learning. And the books can be picked up again and again for review.

I find lots of inspiration and mini books for lapbooking at Homeschool Share. We used a Christmas Around the World lapbook for our December unit study this past year.

I have also purchased lapbook sets from Hands of a Child.

Sometimes when I would like a lapbbook for a particular book we are reading or unit I want to do I just Google “lapbook for…”. I can often find free lapbooks this way.

Journey Through Learning has quite a few lapbooks and notebooking sets. (Notebooking is similar to lapbooking except there is sometimes more writing, and usually it involves regular sheets to fill out and place in a notebook instead of mini books to glue in a lapbook). I am reviewing an Astronomy notebook right now with Ashlyne and Rachel. I will be posting our thoughts on it in a few weeks.

We have found that we really enjoy lapbooking. It is a great way to sum up what we are learning about a topic. It is active and hands-on. And it is fun.

(You will notice the lack of pictures. I spent a looong time looking through pictures and could not find even one of a completed lapbook. Really. Looks like someone needs to be tagging pictures for a quick find!)

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This post was originally linked with the Teaching Creatively Blog Hop topic at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog. You can read about what others do for hands on learning by visiting the blogs below. (And maybe they will have some pictures for you!)

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