May 202009

Our last book club meeting of the year was yesterday. The assignment for this month was to pick any place you would like to visit and share information with the group. My daughter chose New York as her place and decided that she would like to make a lapbook and share it with the group. We have unfortunately not done much lapbooking this year, so I was happy when she chose to make one. I found this topic a very easy one to put into mini-books.

My daughter designed this New York City lapbook completely on her own, so you’ll see there’s not a wide variety in types of mini-books. But, as I usual, I needed to remind myself about the PURPOSE of lapbooking. The purpose is not in seeing how many neat books you can put in a folder, but is to summarize information that you have learned about a particular topic in a way that makes it interesting both to make and look at again in the future.  Or at least that’s why I want my children to make a lapbook. I did find pictures for her mini-books on-line and helped to guide her to some of the topics of the mini-books.

New York City Lapbook

The cover

New York City Lapbook


New York City Lapbook

Empire State Building Book

New York City Lapbook

The Statue of Liberty Book

Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum

The Chrysler Building

The subway

September 11

Inside flap open

New York Population Fact Book

Maps of New York – Inside this book are maps of each of the boroughs.

I was proud of the independent work that she put into this lapbook. There were several other books that she planned to make but ran out of time. We will be working harder this coming school year on not procrastinating but doing more daily work on projects.


Aug 182008

We have completed, well almost, week 3 of TOG Year 1.  Rather than focus on Egyptian gods, we focused on the 10 plagues and passover.  I assigned both of my bigger kids to make a booklet about the 10 plagues.  My daughter chose to make a fan book.

10 Plagues Booklet

It’s a little difficult to see, but you can get the basic idea.  I was happy with the effort she put into it.  I think she really learned the material.


I’m not super pleased with the way the fan book covers up some of the writing.  We used the octagon shaped fan book (fat) available FREE from homeschool share.  I did have the foresight to have her use the reverse orientation on the last 5 pages, but I think maybe I should draw a line to mark the end of the readable space. It may just be too many pages for a fan book.  Probably a layered flip book would have been a better choice.


My son’s book is still not finished.  He is drawing much more elaborate pictures and he paraphrased a lot more of the biblical account for the text of his book.  It will be very nice, I just need to encourage him to finish it TODAY.

Mar 122008

We completed our Heat and Energy lapbook last week. This was the first lapbook that really made sense to me. I have liked the idea of lapbooking since I heard of it about a year ago, but most of the ones we have done seemed somewhat awkward to me.  I guess I’m not really a unit study person.  I can’t wrap my brain around a true unit study.  Most of the pre-made lapbooks have seemed to me (and my kids) that we were learning things to make the lapbook.  Unfortunately, that is a general tendency that I have seen in myself as a teacher (and a person for that matter.) I struggle with doing things just to get them done.


Anyway, I digress.  For our Heat and Energy lapbooks we used God’s Design for the Physical World – Heat and Energy published by Answers in Genesis, as our “spine”.  We read the lesson, did the accompanying activity, and made a minit book corresponding to the lesson.  (Sometimes making the book was the activity.) This method finally made sense to me.  Making the minit books was reinforcing what we were already learning.  Looking at our completed lapbooks now and in the future will serve as a good review of our study. The kids enjoyed making the books (for the most part.)


Here are the titles of the minit books.

  1. What is Energy?
  2. Types of Energy
  3. Law of Charges
  4. What is  Temperature?
  5. Circuits
  6. Celsius and Fahrenheit Thermometers
  7. Convex vs. Concave
  8. What is Conduction? Convection? Radiation?
  9. What is Static Electricity?
  10. Conductors and Insulators
  11. Sound
  12. The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  13. Wave Diagram


Here are some pictures from my son’s lapbook.  He took the pictures himself so they’re a little bit blurry.


Heat and Energy Lapbook
The cover.
Heat and Energy Lapbook
What is Energy?

Thermometer transparencies
The inside of the lapbook

Types of energy book

Types of energy showing the definition of themal energy

Inside the circuit book

The back of the folder showing the Electromagnetic Spectrum and a diagram of a wave.

Mar 102008

We completed the World War I lapbook from Hands of a Child on Friday.  I appreciated having their resource guide.  I basically used their guide to teach the material.  We listened to Story of the World, watched Sergeant York, and read a few supplementary books as well.  This was the first HOAC lapbook that we have completed. We did not do all of the books that were included.  The resource guide was well organized and easy to find the answers for the minit books. Some of the instructions for the books were a little confusing.  There were a couple we never did figure out.  It was worth the price to me to have this done for me because I knew nothing about WWI. The kids still much prefer making their own lapbooks though.


These pictures are of David’s lapbook.  Anna made one too, but they’re pretty much the same.  I especially like the cover of David’s lapbook.  He drew the picture of Snoopy as the WWI Flying Ace and then scanned it and painted it on the computer.  Also, we’ve started pasting our minibooks into folders that are not shutterfolded.  Then we 3-hole punch the folder and store it in the appropriate notebook.


If anyone is interested in seeing more pictures I’ll take more.

World War I Lapbook
World War Lapbook

Mar 042008

I started the penguin lapbook from Lapbook Lessons a couple of months ago with my K son. We did most of the books that we were going to use and then I put them in my big folder and forget to make them into a lapbook.  I’m sure that never happens to anyone else 😉  Last week, I finally had him glue them into the lapbook.  He was so proud.  He loves looking at his book. I thought I’d share a few pictures of the finished product.



Penguin Lapbook
Penguin Lapbook
Penguin Lapbook

Penguin Lapbook

Penguin Lapbook

Oct 232007

We just completed our study of the Civil War. We used all the following books and websites to study the Civil War and create our lap books.

Civil War Study

Across Five Aprils
This was a read-aloud.  It provided a good overview of the war from a child’s perspective.  It gave some detail about various battles (as much as we wanted truthfully), and insight into many of the issues.

The Everything Civil War Book: Everything you need to know about the conflict that divided a nation (Everything (History & Travel))
I used this mainly to familiarize myself with the Civil War.  There was a nice timeline in the back that I used to make the kids’ timelines in their lapbooks. I wrote the event and had them copy it onto cardstock.  That’s what the LONG white inserts are in the lapbooks.

Abraham Lincoln (Bicentennial Edition)
Abraham Lincoln – Read-aloud

If You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln
If You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln – Independent reading

Who Was Harriet Tubman?
Independent reading

Meet Addy: An American Girl (The American Girls Collection Book 1)
Meet Addy-An American Girl – Independent reading

The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad (I Can Read Book 3)
Independent reading

Pink and Say
I read this book aloud.  It is very touching.  I got choked up several times.

Civil War Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes
his is a book of projects.  We didn’t do as many of them as the kids would have liked. We especially liked baking “Shortnin’ Bread”.  It was delicious.

A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee (Picture Book Biography)
This was a good read-aloud.  It had good information about Robert E. Lee.

Ulysses S. Grant: Eighteenth President 1869-1877 (Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents)
I read this aloud too.  It included U.S. Grant’s life, not just his presidency.

My America: My Brother’s Keeper: Virginia’s Civil War Diary, Book One
Independent reading

I also found these websites helpful.

Homeschool in the Woods – Civil War Unit Study

The History Place – A great Civil War timeline

Differences between the North and South Minibook


We included a copy of the Gettysburg address pasted inside a modified envelope book.  Basically it was folded twice in the envelope fold, like the old “cootie catchers”

The clip art of Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee was from free historical clip art.

Sep 182007

Here are pictures from my 9 yo son’s and 7 yo daughter’s lapbooks. We used a couple of books from Hands of a Child’s Missionary Pack and then pulled in a few things about the Kalahari Dessert.  Overall I am really pleased with them.  The perfectionist in me thinks they should have done some things different, but I’m trying to remember the reason for making the lapbook is to learn about the subject, not to make a perfect lapbook. It’s tough!  I want to do more pre-packaged things, but my kids both want to make up their own lapbooks.