5 thoughts on “Lapbooking: Burden or Blessing?”

  1. I use a scrapbooking case. It is one of the large ones like a suitcase with a large main compartment (for items like folders, papers and books), some zip out side compartments and a detachable front compartment. The side and detatchable front have pockets for glue, scissors crayons, markers and whatever else you might use. The greatest thing about using the case is that it has a handle that extends for pulling and it is on wheels.

  2. Great advice — mine started around 6, but my ten year old cuts and does all of hers and it actually makes my days easier because she is happy, occupied, and creating while she is learning!

  3. One thing that i have discovered that helps is hanging a poster board on the wall and taping the pieces that are to go into the lapbook on in as they are completed. This way we can see what has already been done and it gives me a place to put all of the little pieces before we put the lapbook together.

  4. My daughter was not ready for lapbooks at 4, 5, 6 or even 7. We’d try one or two each year, and while I like crafts, I do not like doing it for my child! Now, at age 9, she loves lapbooking.

    Even still, we keep it simple. She writes a narration of a topic on an index card folded in half (a book), and decorates the index “cover.” She glues maps, poems, and drawings.

    IMHO, if a child can’t *do* the work herself, she’s not ready. All I need to do is line out the reading, mapping, and drawing assignments, provide index cards and glue, and then monitor that work is being finished. Her work is her original work.

    We also don’t lapbook each and every book she reads. For example, we studied our state history this summer, and between readers and read-alouds read 8-9 chapter books. She wrote a narration for each book, did some mapwork, a few poems, and drew state symbols. That all went into one lapbook, so it really was a term project.

    I enjoyed explaining to her and her older brother (who also did fine work even though he doesn’t love lapbooking) that a research paper about our state could easily be written using their narrations written on index cards, if just intro and concluding paragraphs were added.

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