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3 Misconceptions about lapbooks, plus the truth about these eye-catching, versatile scrapbooks

July 15, 2019 2 min read

 See 3 of the most common misconceptions about lapbooks and learn the truth about these eye-catching, versatile scrapbooks.

Lapbooks are eye-catching, versatile lap-filling scrapbooks. They are a collection of mini-books packaged together in such a way that the final product can sit in your lap. Lapbooks are gaining in popularity in the homeschooling world, and in the classroom, and we think this is absolutely fantastic!

But as the popularity of something new grows, so do the misconceptions. Today, we want to dispel a few common flawed ideas about lapbooks.

Let's dig in...

3 Common misconceptions about lapbooks, and the eye-catching truth 

Lapbooks are eye-catching, versatile, lap-filling, educational scrapbooks. Don't let these three misconceptions keep you from using them. Learn the truth at elementalscience.com

1. Lapbooks have to be in file folders.

While file folders are certainly the most common way to keep all those mini-books in one place, there are other options. You can assemble your mini-books:

  • In a bound notebook,
  • On construction paper,
  • Or display them on a poster board.

Ideally, you want to mini-book container to fit into your student's lap, but the ultimate goal is to have a collection of booklets that your student can open, read, and remember for years to come.

2. Lapbooks can only be used with younger students.

While it's true that lapbooks are more frequently used with younger students because of the benefits of notebooking with less white space. However, don't let the diminished size of the mini-booklet lead you to conclude that notebooking is only for younger students.

Older students can benefit from the creative outlet that lapbooks can provide. Plus, lapbooks are a great way to review what you are learning with your students!

3. Lapbooks can't be used for science.

While lapbooks are most often seen in history, you can use these versatile scrapbooks with any subject! You can add science lapbooks into your homeschool in several ways. You can:

  • Use a lapbook to review a unit that you have just finished covering in your current curriculum;
  • Switch things up a bit by exchanging a lapbook for your regular science notebook;
  • Or base an entire unit around a science lapbook. In this case, the lapbook can serve as the guide for a full unit study.

The science lapbook you choose can be an added bonus to your current plans or it can be your main plan for science as long as the lapbook plans contain all three keys for teaching science.

Wrapping it Up

In short - lapbooks don't always have to be in file folders, they can be used with any age of student, and they can most definitely be used for science!

Did you know that we have a full line of science lapbooks? Learn more about them here.


2 Responses

Paige Hudson
Paige Hudson

July 18, 2019

Olivia,

Thank you for your kind words – I am glad that we could help you with teaching chemistry!

Paige

Olivia Hinchcliffe
Olivia Hinchcliffe

July 18, 2019

What a well developed program you offer. After extensive searching for Australian curriculum support material in chemistry for my 9 year old son (grade 4) and coming up empty handed I have been none short of delighted with all aspects of your program. The theoretical topics are arranged and delivered so as to give your child a solid foundation of knowledge from a young age and this is exactly what I was wanting. When accompanied with easy interesting weekly experiments and a schedule that can be adapted and modified I am confident with how as a parent I am teaching science to my child. Thank you Paige and your support team, I feel so confident with your program I will be looking into purchading other subjects that you have developed.

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