I discovered lapbooks.
I’ve heard about them before but I’ve never really seen them in use (aside from the ones made for preschoolers with buttons and zippers). Today ‘A’ and I are making the very first one for our Slavery unit study in American history. We’ve read & watched videos about Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 13th Amendment. Now ‘A’ is putting it all together by writing in mini-books about each topic and we’ll assemble it into a lapbook.
The lapbook seems like a good way to gather all of the information about a topic in one easy to view layout. It lends itself well to just about anything you would do a unit study on, whether it is history, a book, a science topic or a math topic. I like that it can be child-driven. We worked together together to pick the topics for the mini-books, but she is filling in the information in her own words.
If you’ve been wanting to make some lapbooks too, check out these templates where you fill in your own information. This is what ‘A’ is doing now. If you want a guided lapbook or ideas about how to make a lapbook, here are some more links:
The Happy Housewife has a nice display of lapbook ideas