What is Lapbooking?

Do you use lapbooking in your homeschool or classroom? You might think – been there done that…or lap – what? Well, today at the Happy Hive we are going to visit the much blogged about topic of lapbooks. I also have FREE Lapbooking templates for you to print so you can get started! So what is lapbooking, or as some might call them, Interactive Notebooks?

If you want the short version, check out my video:

Lapbooking isn’t “new”

Lapbooking isn’t a new concept. I used it from day one when I began homeschooling in 2006. Likely it was the scrapbooker in me. I guarantee lapbooking existed before I began using it. I have no idea to whom to give proper credit for “inventing” lapbooking, but I praise whomever it is mightily.

In a nutshell, lapbooking is a cut-and paste of information onto file folders or notebooks. It’s interactive and engaging for most (but arguably not all) learners. Remember everyone learns different. If you have a learner who isn’t into the creative mumbo jombo- they may not enjoy this type of expression at all. Classroom teachers use the term interactive notebooks, based on the spiral notebooks they use.

How to use lapbooks

Lapbooks come ready made like these:

Or you can create your own using templates to fit whatever you happen to be studying!

You can even do a combination over the course of a school year. There is no wrong way!

Here is a sample of a lapbook I created many moons ago (and am currently updating) .

We used colored cardstock as our “cover” each of my children had their own color, and every lapbook or notebook was always that color.

All the interactive elements are compiled over the course of the unit study and added inside the file. This was actually a year long project. We completed the assembly, then continued to add to the elements as we went.

This lapbook also holds information you can’t “see” – notice how the dated entries (in the second picture) stop in July of 2010. The untold story is that I returned to the classroom full time in August 2010, so our homeschool dynamics shifted (Topic for another post! YES you can work full time and homeschool). We put this calendar lapbook in our 2010 time capsule and the memories came flooding back! You can read about setting up the time capsule HERE and about the big reveal HERE

The Happy Hive creates lapbook curriculum for both Holidays and general curriculum needs. Be sure to check out our Lapbook Template Pack as well as what we have to offer in out Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Do you want to get started with Lapbooking? We have a set of FREE lapbooking templates for you! Just click on the picture to sign up for the Homeschool Holiday Curriculum Club Newsletter and the link to download and print the templates will be zooming to your inbox!

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Enjoy the Journey!

Mrs. Crabtree

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