Sunday, September 21, 2008

Things I Do To Make Lapbooking Less Troublesome

Some people have a hard time with lapbooks because there is all that printing, cutting, pasting, writing, etc. I hear a lot about how "lapbooks are too much work." Well, there are a few things that I do to make it less trouble and a whole lot of fun for us.

1. Give the child a list of topics to pick from that they might be interested in. In other words, do a lapbook on something that your child(ren) are interested in learning about.

2. Plan ahead. Once you have the topic, plan to take a couple of weeks to complete it doing between one and three mini-books a day depending upon how large they are. This way you will not get burned out on putting together all those little books.

3. Print out everything ahead of time. Then if you do not have the resources you need for one mini-book on hand that day you can switch it with something that you can fill out. I print out the lapbook pieces every two week and put them in a large envelope.

4. Get a scrapbook paper cutter and cut up the day's books before the school day starts. That way you can just pull them out, fill out the information and put them together without a lot of fuss.

5. Use your large envelope to store the mini-books until it is time to put the entire lapbook together. I let my children decide where to put all the little books in the folder so that each one even if it is on the same topic is unique to the child.

Hope these ideas help to make lapbooks more fun for you!

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