Today we tried "lapbooking." This is a term for a themed folder project that a student can make about anything in the world, practically! I heard about this through homeschool groups but always thought it sounded like too much work *lol*, and it is some work, but it is a lot of fun! I found a site where you can get tons of "pre-created" pages that you just print off and create your lapbook from their materials. The instructions for completing the different activities and how to fold them to put in the folder are included with each one! SO EASY!
The amount of work the students do depends on their age, so....... I did a lot of cutting and folding today. Part of that was due to the fact that I wanted to get this one all done today! Katie and Noah enjoyed it, of course, since this lapbook project was "All About Me." You use a regular folder and fold the two flaps to make a "book" that will fit in your "lap." clever huh? (What kind of books don't fit in your lap?!)
ANYWAY...this one had lots of little foldable "things" to put in, a section for their address, phone number, favorite things, "facts about me," a timeline, etc. Very cute and I think they will both enjoy reading them over and over and sharing them with the family. Here are some pictures of their lapbooks. Katie's hand and foot outline are on the back of her lapbook. Each of the little sections of the folder are either a stapled together mini booklet you can open and read or it is folded someway so that it unfolds and you can see several sections or pages.
I have a feeling this won't be our last one! What a fun way to practice all kinds of skills...cutting, folding, coloring, writing letters and numbers, plus whatever "skill" the lapbook topic is. This one happens to be about them, but you can get them based on all kinds of science and social studies topics, animals, books, etc. I am excited to have tried and liked this method of schooling!