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A friend of ours recently introduced us to a fun concept called lapbooking.  The basic idea is to take a plain ol’ file folder and re-fold it to make a little booklet and then fill it with information, drawings, activities, and pictures related to a particular subject.  There are pre-made kits and templates available all over the internet, but I decided to make ours from scratch using some of the ideas but by applying the information from our Core Knowledge curriculum so that the information went along with what we were already learning.  I scoured the internet for images and activities, then made them into minibooks (which is the technical term for the little booklets and things inside the folder).

Here are a couple of pictures of Brody with his Ancient Egypt lapbook! — it was our first attempt, so easy on the critique ;o)

Brody really had a lot of fun creating his book, and I think it is a great tool for enhancing our curriculum.  It gives him a chance to express himself on the subject (which I think really helps with retaining the information), as well as providing a resource that we can put on the bookshelf and he can refer back to whenever he’d like.

While I was digging for lapbook templates, I also stumbled across a concept called “Tot Books” which is a toddler version of the big kid lapbooks!  Adelyn is always excited to “do what Bubba doing” so I plan on making many many of these to keep her little mind and hands busy during school time.  Here are a couple pictures of her using her Farm lapbook that I downloaded from the 1+1+1=1 blog.  I just printed it off and laminated the pieces so hopefully they will last a little bit longer.

If you would like to use some (or all!) of the minibooks I made for your own lapbook, you are welcome to.  All of the photos are snagged from the internet or scanned in from our textbook, and the information is from our textbooks, so please just use them for personal use and not mass reproduction.  Here are a couple of images showing the layout, as well as the minibooks opened up with the information inside displayed.

And now for the good stuff, here’s the pdf for our Ancient Egypt Lapbook:  CK_Ancient_Egypt_lapbook

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