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Lapbooking is like a spouse to notebooking. It is another way to record children's learning outcome. It is a collection of mini books which are put together into card folders that can be hold on the lap. If you haven't known about lapbooking yet, here are some pictures of some of our imperfect lapbooking. We are not a crafty learners I think, but we emphasize the lapbooking on the functions as our learning recording.
Lapbooking can have the functions as:
- graphic organizer collection
- hands on tools
- reference for assessment or test
Notebooking all of the time makes us sometimes got bored. We cannot stand with this, so we got a bit crazy with lapbooking. It was a bit complicated and looked not practical at all. We were also confused on
- How to link the theory, the narration, and the lapbooking
- How to manage the time in lapbooking
- How to make DIY lapbooking
- How to keep lapbooking folders
- What kinds of mini books we can put into our lapbooks
For all basic things about Lapbooking, I would like to feature one great site, Jimmie's Lapbooking Lenses. This is a really great site for all lapbookers. In this posting, i would like to focus on what we have done and I think is great to share so that you won't have difficult time like what I had. I think I cannot finished discussing those 5 points here at once right now. I will keep the last 3 points for the next postings. Let's see how we deal with the first couple of questions.
How To Link The Theory or Learning Time, The Narration, and The Lapbooking
Lapbooking should be put into our planning time before we start the unit we would like to feature our lapbook. I am using lapbooking for assessment at the moment and it works very well. If you haven't read my posting on planning, please visit the planning posting here. Please follow the steps and stop on step 4. It was the time when we plan for the needs for each child based on the common core or standard. In simpler words, for the lesson we would like to use lapbook, pick the points needed to cover and write them down on the lapbooking planning form and think what kind of mini books will be suitable with the points.
We just do the learning sessions normally as usual. We read and discuss together with the help of some references, internet, or text book. When we have finished, kids will do oral narration while I write for them. On the next day, to review the knowledge, kids write on their scheduled mini books based on the points prompted. In case they forget, they still have my handwriting to review the topics.
There is a time when an idea just comes without planning at all. I just follow it and try to be flexible by adjusting the time.
How To Manage The Time in Lapbooking
A well planned unit will be great when we prepare everything before the lesson time. Before we start the unit with kids, it is great if we have printed out all of the lapbooking templates all together with the materials needed for the unit. That was what I did in the past and it was great. I printed out all templates after they were customized based on what we needed. I cut them out for them to make it faster and tidier. However, most of the time it came to the end that I didn't use all of the templates I had prepared previously because of the time. Sometimes I found that the template didn't work well in the middle of the unit and just skipped it.
What I am doing right now is just keeping the planning written in my agenda. I just prepare the templates before the week is started. I have known the capability of my children in doing lapbooking. The maximum number they can work on their minibooks is three books in a lesson. It takes 20 minutes to finish them with the help of timer. We don't do lapbooking everyday. We skip one day or one lesson. We also sometimes use a whole lesson for lapbooking. The most important thing is that we always taking notes on the lessons or reading time so that we can easily transfer the information to the mini books once we do lapbooking. Using one week ahead preparation makes our lapbooking time more relaxing. The words from kids flow more easily as they have done narration previously.
Well, I still owe you with the other three questions. Please stay tune.
Would you share if you have any experience with lapbooking in terms of time management and lesson management, please?