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A lap book, layer book, flap book, or shutter book is a type of single-subject book created by a student, generally as a supplement to a curriculum. A lap book generally consists of a paperboard folder such as a file folder with small pieces of folded paper glued inside. Sounds easy enough eh? They can be very simple, or quite complex. They can be used as a way to completely study a subject or to show case just a part of it.
I found this youtube video that will help you to better understand what a lapbook is and how to make them.
– fun elements to put together
– concise storage of subject matter – one file folder per subject
– Specific points to research
– hands-on activities that help cement the material learned
– adjustable across age levels
– memory keeper
– cutting, pasting and putting together
– figuring out how to store them
– designing of the elements. Websites like Student Folder help.
If your student is at all like my son, the actual putting together and making a lapbook will be a source of HUGE annoyance to him, so our workaround was to not actually make a lapbook but to use cardstock as the page to glue things on to, and then place them in a binder with dividers. This makes for more of an interactive notebook feel, but it works! 🙂
Free lapbooking sites
Lapbook Lessons. They maintain a list of faith based as well as topical lapbooks – history, science, character etc.
Homeschool Helper Online has a few free lapbooks.
Lapbooking101 is a helpful blog that gives all sorts of helps for lapbooking.
Paid lapbooking sources
Currclick. They sell all types of helpful resources, not just lapbooks.
In the Hands of a child. has a whole variety of lap books that are well done.
Knowledge Box Central has a good variety of lapbooks.
While I’m thinking about it I should let you know about Amanda Bennett’s Unit studies. These are not quite lapbooks, but they are fun and interactive. Anyways, she’s having a sale because she’s working through a new site. It’s worth checking out eh?