I’ve posted a few times that we are really enjoying using lapbooks this year! Every time I post a picture of my girls making them, I get questions on how to put them together and where to get them, so I thought I put together a quick little tutorial.
You’ll need the following supplies:
* Lapbook Download
* File Folder (the lapbook instructions will tell you how many you will need)
* Glue (I use a glue stick)
* Scissors and Paperclips (If you are going to prepare the materials ahead of time)
I get all my lapbooks from CurrClick. There are a lot of other sites – you can simply google what subject you are looking for with *lapbook* and you’ll get a LOT of results. I love CurrClick because they have multiple items on so many subjects, and I always find what I need to use with the girls.
After you buy a lapbook, you have to put it together. This can be overwhelming the first time you make one – but they are easy to do! Print out the entire lapbook and read it through once. I find it’s helpful to highlight anything that you really want to take notice of. Then I cut out the items the girls will be working on and paperclip them to the topic’s teaching page. This way when we sit down we are ready to go and we don’t waste time having to cut everything out.
Next you need to get the file folders ready. Some of the simple lapbooks use just 1 regular file folder and you don’t have to do anything to it. I’m going to walk you through using multiple folders to make 1 lapbook.
First, open the file folder flat, and then fold it into thirds. To do this fold 1 edge into the middle fold, and crease well. Repeat with the other side.
Make as many trifold folders as you will need. The lapbook instructions will tell you how many you’ll need. Most indepth lapbooks use at least 2 folders, although I have seen some using 3 or 4.
Match up two outside ends and glue together. A glue stick will work well, or you can use tape. I don’t use any liquid glue because I find it doesn’t adhere as well. Repeat until you have 1 long folder.
Fold it together and you are ready to go. As we work through the lapbook I save all the cutouts that the girls do and after we have done all the work we glue it all together. While we don’t have to put together a portfolio here in NJ, these are great if you have to. I love that we can combine reading, writing, copy work, art, history, and science all together!
If you have a favorite lapbook source let me know!