Lapbooks For Everyone
This is a wonderful article by Jodi at HomeGrownHearts.com about her first lapbooking experience. She has collected great resources and internet links (completely up-to-date as of 2/2008) to help beginners make a lapbook with children of all ages!
(Reprinted by permission.)
"When my older son had just turned 3 years old, we made our first lapbook. We spent a week
doing activities related to the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. These activities were based on a book by Dinah Zike called,
The Big Book of Books and Activities,
which gives instructions for making many different little books with a variety of information. We
combined these books into a shutter-folded manila folder which is called a lapbook, shutterfold book,
or several other names, depending on who you're talking to. The lapbook serves as a lasting reminder
of what my son learned. Although the book we read was a library book, my son can go back to this
lapbook and relate the story from memory. It's a great teaching tool for all ages! It's very inexpensive,
too, as it only requires basic office supplies to complete. (You can visit
www.Dinah.com for more information on Dinah Zike
and to learn about her other publications.)
If you'd like to take a look at our If You Give a Mouse a Cookie lapbook and see how we put it together,
please visit this page.
There are many, many resources on the Internet to help you make your own lapbooks. I have gathered some
here in an extensive list which should be enough information to keep you busy for quite some time! Don't
let it overwhelm you. A younger child will need more of your assistance, but older children should be able
to make decisions on what to include in their lapbooks and choose appropriate 'mini-books' for their items.
This is a chance for them to be creative - take advantage of it!
I encourage everyone to try this approach. It's a great hands-on way to gather a variety of
information and pull it all together into a cohesive project that you can go back to time and again."
General Lapbooking How-To
Mini-book Templates and Instructions (FREE)
Lapbook Kits - Pre-planned sets and ready to print files
Be sure to visit www.HomeGrownHearts.com for other wonderful resources and ideas for homeschooling!