A lapbook can also be called a layer book, flap book, or shutter book. Basically, it is made of at least 2 manila folders with sections of mini-books, pictures, facts, poems, or anything related to the lesson at hand. It can be about anything you choose. Some companies sell pre-made kits or they might charge you for downloading the sheets for cutting & coloring. But all of the resources below are completely FREE!
Rebecca (you might know her from Mom’s Mustard Seeds) shares over on Homeschool Mosaics exactly how lapbooks work and even includes a video on how to put one together! She also gives some great suggestions for how to store your lapbooks!
Jimmie over at The Notebooking Fairy has a HUGE selection of completely free notebook and lapbook printables. She has generic notebooking pages that you can use for any subject, and she has lots of great pages to print specifically for Art, Holidays, Language Arts, Math, Music, Science, and Social Studies! I’m excited to have found this site and we will definitely be incorporating several of these printables into our curriculum this year! Jimmie also is the creator of the image at the top of this post with all of the great lapbooks and has graciously shared the image for anyone to use through her flickr account (which you should go check out because she puts a lot of great ideas there!)
Terri Camp helps you see the many different ways you can use notebooking in your homeschool. She has a wealth of other resources as well to encourage you to find your child’s strengths to make homeschooling a blessing and not a chore. I put this link first because I love the way Terri Camp lights a fire under our desire for homeschooling! There is no set formula for each child. Find what works for you. It might not necessarily be what she does, but she is full of encouragement and ideas.
The mom behind Highland Heritage Homeschool will explain a little more about lapbooking and will show you what will work for organizing a lapbook that isn’t finished in a day. She will also give you some links at the bottom, but most of them are outdated, as I found out. One of the links, though, is of an example lapbook, made by her daughter. She also has a page for getting ideas about other kinds of books students can make.
Now that you have an idea what Lapbooking and Notebooking are all about, I’ll share some resources for making your own without paying for downloads. Some of the links are for places that sell lapbooks, but I will tell you where to look for the freebies. :)
CurrClick is one of my favorite websites for getting good-quality freebies for downloading. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before. If you search for “Lapbook” in their search bar, you will find some very reasonably priced items. If you then select the results to be sorted by price, the free ones should be at the top. There are many, many resources on this site to download for lapbooking and notebooking!
Homeschool Helper Online has several links for resources for Lapbooks, Notebooks, Unit Studies, and other homeschool help links. I found quite a few I’d like to try soon. They have a good variety of topics from preschool up to high school.
Homeschool Share provides several free lapbooks, along with a plethora of resources for making your own to suit your needs for whatever project you have. There is also a well-maintained blog where the author welcomes us to look into their homeschool and share the progress of using lapbooks and notebooks in a fun way.
Homeschooling on a Shoestring will give you three videos with details on how to assemble lapbooks in various ways. This bottom of the page is full of links, and many of them are still valid.
Hands of a Child almost always has a free download. It changes often, though, so don’t wait to get the freebie. They also have a yahoo group to help parents and teachers learn how to use lapbooks and Hands of a Child resources effectively. There are actually several lapbooking yahoo and google groups. Just do a search if you are interested in joining one.
The Dynamic 2 Moms are Tina and Kelley and they have a passion for sharing what they know. They were homeschooled as children and now homeschool their own children. The resources for lapbooks, notebooks, and unit studies are well-organized. They also offer support resources for New-to-Homeschool parents.
I hope you will have some fun with this!
And if you’re a blogger who has a link to a free lapbook or notebook pages that you created for other homeschoolers to use feel free to leave the link in the comments below! :)
If you’re willing to spend a few bucks to make sure you’re getting the most out of notebooking, then check out this awesome Notebooking ebook by Jimmie Lanley! Not only is it just $6.79, but you’ll get three FREE bonuses with it! Click here to check it out!