I’ve made no secret about the fact that my children and I love lapbooks. In fact, if I would allow my kids to do nothing but lapbooks for school work, they would be happy campers. Instead, we focus on one or two lapbooks per quarter and work on them a little at a time. Right now the twins and I are working on Letters, Numbers and Shapes from A Journey Through Learning. I decided to try something a little different this time.
Am I the only person who cannot stand the whole “folded file folder” thing? Having the creases in the “wrong” place on those file folders drives me crazy. Not to mention, they don’t store well and they don’t last long because they are so easily bent up. I know you can find all kinds of information on the web about how to store your file folder lapbooks and I know lots of people who love making lapbooks this way. My kids even like it. I just don’t.
I decided to try something different this time. Instead of refolding several file folders to make our lapbooks, we took six pieces of cardstock to Office Depot and had them spiral bound with a larger-than-necessary spiral binding and plastic cover. This cost me about 75 cents per child. The result is an easily storable, slightly protected lapbook in the color of each child’s choosing.
My boys are very happy with the result! I went ahead and made one for the older kids too, so that we can start working on lapbooks as soon as I am finished working on Letters, Numbers and Shapes with the twins. That might be a while, because we are still carefully cutting out pictures from magazines for each letter of the alphabet. Caleb is going to start putting together Earth (also from A Journey Through Learning) and Anna hasn’t decided yet.
Do you keep your lapbooks in folded file folders or in something else?