Hi everyone! I’ve mentioned in several of my Before Five in a Row posts about making lapbooks with Princess, so I thought I would share with you how I make them. I’ve been making lapbooks for what seems like forever…almost 10 years actually! I started back when my oldest was 3 and doing Before Five in a Row. Our very first one was on The Carrot Seed with Popstar and Flash and was probably back in 2007. I LOVE making lapbooks and my kids LOVE getting them out time and time again to look through them. I have even caught Popstar using them to play teach with her toys, along with the FIAR book and manual. (Reason # a million why I LOVE Five in a Row!) Anyway…
Lapbooks can be a very valuable tool and resource for your homeschool and I think everyone should know how to make them. Not all kids love making them, though. My two oldest absolutely did and still do, but when Hulk came along he broke the mold! He has been so different from the others about a lot of things and lapbooks are one. He just never had the patience to sit and work on them and so I ended up not doing very many with him. But now that Princess has started Preschool and Before FIAR, she LOVES them and so my crafty heart is happy again!
So moving on, here is my take on how I make Lapbooks:
First I start with a plain file folder. This can be any color and I normally use a letter sized one.
Sometimes I will keep the file folder as it is and simply open it up and glue in the lapbook pieces. Other times I like to fold it a different way. It’s very easy to do. You just open the folder up and fold the two sides in to meet each other halfway. Then crease it down on each side.
Sometimes this size is enough for a lapbook, but other times you need something bigger. The best way is to attach together 2 folders that are folded in this same way. Just take the second folder and put some double sided tape on one of the end tabs and attach it to the other one. This is what it will look like:
On a few occasions I have actually needed an even bigger one and added a third folder in the same way, like this one:
Sometimes I will need just a little more space and so I will take a piece of cardstock or else cut a folder in half and tape it with a big piece of packing tape across the top onto the inside as a lift up flap like this one:
Once you get it folded and made to the right size, you are ready to get started. You can do almost anything with lapbooks. You can find tons of free lapbooks/unit studies all ready to print on homeschoolshare.com. This has been my favorite website for lapbooks forever. There are lots of Five in a Row books on there as well.
I have also created my own lapbooks over the years. All you need to do is “Google” whatever the subject is that you are working on. For example, if I was doing Apples I would type in on google “Free apple printables” and see what I can find. I have used simple coloring pages for the cover many times and let the kids color them, it just makes them more personal. You can find all sorts of free things to print out and put in your lapbook to go along with whatever subject you are studying. You just want to fill it up with little mini books. Homeschoolshare also has some free little mini books you can print that are blank and you can make whatever you want with them. Here are some lapbooks that we’ve done over the years:
I hope that I have explained it clearly and easy enough. If you have any questions about lapbooks, please feel free to comment! I would love to hear from you all who do make lapbooks, if you have any advice on how you make them differently. I’m looking forward to making many more lapbooks myself and I’m always looking for creative ways to make them fun for the kids.
Hope you have a great day!
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