Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Frugal Homeschool Lapbooking

Have you ever used lapbooks? I never had until just this year and we have fallen in love with them. We are now on our third unit study using lapbooks and I couldn't be happier with the results. We have studied the Solor System, the Oregon Trail, and now plants. If you have ever thought of using lapbooks but didn't know where to start, use lapbooks already but are always looking for new resources, or never heard of lapbooking before today this post is for you!!

Our Solar System Unit - Our lapbook and extra activities

I would like to share with you some ideas, links, and pictures of how to frugally use lapbooks in your homeschool courses. Homeschool Share is my favorite site thus far. They have a huge list of free lapbooks and they even have them broken down by age ranges. When you are ready to start putting together your own lapbooks they have a great resource for all sorts of printable books, flaps, pockets, etc that will help you be able to create lapbooks for your own units.

Close-Up of our Solar System lapbook

Another great way to get started and to help you visualize what you will be doing during a lapbooking unit check out the countless videos on youtube's lapbooking search. And with all the hype of Pinterest this post wouldn't be complete without pointing out the vast number of ideas and free printables that can be found there.

Our Pioneer Days lapbook from A Journey Through Learning

Also, if you pick a topic of study and then visit your local library and use the above links to print your own books, pockets, and flaps then you will be on the road to creating your own lapbooks in no time and with almost no cost.

Our plant lapbooks - We are building these ourselves so we used magazine photos
to decorate the covers.

I am still fairly new to lapbooking but I have already learned that most any unit study can by combined with a lapbook and if you have children who love to cut, glue, color, and create then lapbooking might just be the thing for your family.

Have you tried lapbooking? Would you please share any great resources or ideas that have helped you lapbook on a budget?

Written By Happily Domestic Contributor - Amanda Sikes
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Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this.

Leila- All Meant To Shine said...

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!! This next year will be our 3rd year homeschooling and I have decided that I am going to try ou unit studies using lapbooks. It has been daunting, but I'm excited about the new things we will be doing and our new way of learning. Thank you soooo much for this post. I really, really needed it!! That first site you mentioned is awwweeesommme!!

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