- Choose a topic to study
- Decide if you want to use premade blank templates to complete your study or design your own.
- If you want to use blank templates, you do your own research on the topic.
- Use library books, the Internet, or an existing curriculum and choose 10-20 concepts you’d like your child to learn about the subject.
- Design the graphic organizers for each of the concepts you want the child to learn.
Completing a Lapbook...
- Flexibility is key, work on the unit a few activities a day.
- Do a few vocabulary words and timeline events each day.
- Store completed activities in a baggie or large envelope.
Folding the folder
Make the size that is right for the number of pieces you have in your projects
Basic Lapbook Base
- Open a file folder and lay it flat.
- Fold both right and left edges toward the center so they meet and close like a pair of shutters.
- Crease firmly.
Base with Single or Double Extensions
- Complete the basic lapbook base.
- Open base and lay flat.
- Cut another folder in half or use a sheet of cardstock for the extension.
- Lay the extension in the center of folder at either the top or bottom. (You may add two extensions if need be; one at the top and one at the bottom).
- Attach to base with clear packing tape.
Double Folder Base
- Make two base folders.
- Open them and lay them side by side with outer flaps pointing straight up, not flat.
- Where the two flaps meet glue them together.
- Fold center flap to one side, fold both shutters in and close folders like a book.
- Use for all subjects, just add English and Math at the student’s grade level
- Add onto a complete boxed curriculum
- Use for a fun break or child-led learning