Don’t you know what a lapbook is? Well, I share with you that it is an interactive didactic resource that teachers have been using a lot lately for children to learn. They are fold-out notebooks that allow our little ones to touch, discover and get excited about the content of this mysterious and colorful book.
Basically, the idea of lapbooks is that you make a folder full of fun little “mini-books” with interesting information on a topic. It has many advantages:
- They are practical and make any subject more fun.
- It’s a great way to reinforce school lessons.
- It can be a parallel activity to the curriculum with which everything will definitely be more engraved.
- Depending on what you are studying, you can also use it as a guide within the main subject.
- You can create a lapbook on any subject.
- They are multi-sensory in nature and allow children to make direct association of things, which is why they are extraordinary.
- If your child is already in elementary school, encourage them to do independent research, it is a great way for them to learn to investigate and gives them independent study skills
But lapbooks are much more than just another way to learn. It can also be an original craft that becomes a gift for friends, for dad, mom or grandparents.
Think of it as an interactive binder or booklet. If the topic is broad, take about 15 minutes a day to research, find the pictures (or draw them). Use clippings, different typefaces, biographies … Play with your imagination!
It is something like a great 3D brochure or trifold in which children can play to learn. On the internet and some large stationery stores already sell lapbooks for children to complete, but nothing like the fun of doing it as a family.
Here is a template that I found and that can help you make the design of your theme more fun. There is no standard, you can make it in different shapes, sizes and complexities.
Since my daughter likes big things, I used a piece of cardboard folded in half and small colored envelopes so that she could put the pieces of research there. We use a lot of cuts and colors. I let him do his research on his topic, but I helped him cut out magazine letters to make his titles more “chic”.
I leave you these tutorials so you can see what the concept is about and really, I invite you to try it. My daughter was delighted, she even put together a little exhibition to explain to her dad everything he put in his lapbook! It is surprising, all the information that you retained with this method.
The little Prince
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