Over the holiday break I spent some time researching new ideas and activities to use in our homeschooling ~ something to add a little pizazz to our usual routine.
I found several ideas but one that I really liked was lapbooking.
I had never heard of it before but after visiting many homeschooling blogs and seeing how they used them I was hooked.
What a great way to involve kids into a "hands on" learning experience. They may not be creating an experiment with their hands (depending on the subject matter) but they are creating a collage of a lesson learned. Their interest is captured by allowing them to plan, decorate and place each piece of material.
It reminds me of the science fair projects that we had to do as students in jr. high but on a smaller scale.
Now that I think of it my older children have never been assigned a project like that in public school and they probably don't even know what a science fair even is! :0(
Anyways if you homeschool and would like to know more about lapbooking then here are a few links to get you started.
To learn how to create them using file folders then visit
A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks
For ideas, free lapbooks and notebooking pages visit
Dynamic 2 Moms Free Lapbooks
or visit their blog HERE.
The photo at the top of this post is our very first lapbook. It's all about teeth. We will be building onto that lapbook as we discuss lessons on the layers of skin, our eyes, ears and more.
We are also beginning another lapbook for History.
It's going to be about the colonial life of the Pilgrims and how the Indians helped them. I'll post it when we get it finished.