Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I hosted a lapbooking workshop this weekend. Our church was able to let us use one of the classrooms, and I got word out through a couple homeschool lists/groups I belong to. The woman who presented the workshop did a great job explaining what a lapbook is and providing examples of completed lapbooks and showing us how to help our kids create their own. Unfortunately, she doesn't have a website, but she sells materials from Dinah Zike and also Tobin's Lab.

Lapbooks are a way to pull together information learned about a specific topic. Small booklets, graphics and other graphic organizers are used to help children report on and remember different topics learned. It's a tool for review and presentation. Then, all the booklets and other materials are affixed to a file folder -- and a lap book is born!

I'm not sure yet if I'll incorporate lapbooks into our curriculum for this year -- or if I'll wait until the boys are able to read/write on their own. I did get a lot of great ideas, though and I'm sure I'll use them sometime!

You can google lapbooks and see lots of different ideas on how to create one, and lots of great pictures of completed lapbooks. As we incorporate them into our curriculum, I'll be sure to post our efforts.

posted at 7:34 PM


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