Monday, September 28, 2009

A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks

What is a lapbook? It is a collection of mini books on a topic, put together into a folder. There are a number of ways to do lapbooks. Many people are very creative and can come up with the ideas on their own. Other people, like me, need to rely on the creativity of others. Paula and Nancy from A Journey Through Learning are two such creative people. They have put together a collection of lapbooks and unit studies to help out us non-creative people.

My six year old and I worked together on the Autumn lapbook.

It was loaded with information. There is a one page informational reading followed by one or more mini books to stick into the big folder. Then, there is another informational reading followed by more mini books. I love all the different ways to make the mini books. Since, a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some pictures of the finished product.

This particular lapbook can be purchased from A Journey Through Learning’s website (click here) as a download for $13, CD for $14, or printed for $21. Here are some of their other lapbooks:

I am personally looking forward to the study “The Parables of Jesus”. My six year old is looking forward to learning about reptiles. Though, I will probably use the other books as a guide for making a notebook rather than a lapbook. I do not personally like making lapbooks, as I don’t know what to do with them when they are done. If I make it into a notebook, it fits nicely into each child’s portfolio binder. I will also be checking out some of A Journey Through Learning’s unit studies. When the boys get it in their head that they want to learn something, they have a one track mind for a while. This is a great way to thoroughly cover a topic without a lot of extra work for the teacher.


Tiffany said...

The autumn one looks fun! We love lapbooks around here. As far as storing them I just have them on the shelf with my photo albums. Some are a little bigger and more awkwardly sized than others.

Cristy said...

We LOVE lapbooks. I have blogged about my love for them, so I won't bore you here. I like that you can take any subject, and make your own. I think we would like the one about reptiles or amphibians. I store them either with teh portfolio, or on the shelf if they're a little bigger, like Tiffany.

BeckyJoie at Leaders in Learning said...

Great pics. Nice review.