Lapbooking is a popular way for homeschoolers to show off their work in a portfolio the size of their lap – hence the name Lapbooking. It is common to use file folders and “mini books” to create a finished lapbook. Here at Happy Hive Homeschooling, we love Lapbooking a LOT – we even do a hybrid style where we put the lapbook elements into our spiral bound notebooks. Classroom teachers tend to call these interactive notebooks! It’s helpful to have a variety of templates to use when making the mini books. It is my pleasure to offer families and classroom teachers FREE lapbook templates as well as resources designed to make.
How to use free lapbooking templates
The templates are used to make mini books that have information about the topic you are studying. Take Dinosaurs for example. You can make mini books about the different dinosaurs, the various time periods and even the theories about the extinction of the dinosaurs. Once all yout mini books are complete, they are arranged artistically into file folders. You can use as few or as many file folders as needed to organize the information about your topic, dinosaurs in my example.
A fantastic feature of lapbooks (and interactive notebooks) is their size! These projects, once complete, are now easy to show friends and family – or even the teacher you are assigned through a charter school. Having lapbooks on display during an open house in a classroom is always a hit.
Blank lapbook templates allow for unlimited and repeated use. Incorporating lapbooking into your homeschool helps your child show what they know in a fun and creative manner! It often breaks up larger topics into digestible segments and can make “boring” assignments a bit more exciting! Lapbooks are easy to store and even make a great item to put into your family Time Capsule!
If you would like to get started Lapbooking with your children I have a set of 8 FREE lapbook templates for you! You can also check out my video about Lapbooking at the bottom of this post and my other article on the subject: