Spice up your learning by making lapbooks!

Lapbooking can be done by any learner-- from preschoolers to adults. With this educational method, you make mini-books covering details that you've studied. After making a variety of mini-books about a larger topic, all the books are put together in a large folder. The finished product is called a lapbook because it's large and covers your lap.

Lapbooking helps children learn what they study. Later the completed lapbook can serve as a review tool as your children refer to it over and over again. And if you have to keep a homeschool portfolio to document learning each year, lapbooks can be a very impressive addition.

Sample Lapbooks - to give you the big picture

One of the best ways to understand lapbooks is to simply see them. These links will take you to pictures of real homeschool families' lapbooks. You can get an idea of how varied and flexible lapbooking can be.

Which of these responses best describes your current use of lapbooking?

  • We are "newbies." We have never done this before, but we are curious!
  • We have made a few mini-books, but we've never gotten to the entire lapbook stage.
  • We've made a FEW lapbooks.
  • We've made MANY lapbooks.
  • We are lapbooking pros and lapbooking is a major part of our homeschool experience!
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Making the Mini-books

the heart of lapbooking

A lapbook is simply a collection of minibooks affixed on a base.

As you are studying your chosen homeschool topic, whether it be Colonial America or Penguins, use the mini-books to reinforce or narrate what was studied. In this way you can make a mini-book every day or so. Once your unit study is over, you will have a nice collection of mini-books to mount into a lapbook.

If your child is very young, you can write or type the text for him. Many children enjoy typing the text for mini-books on the computer.

If your child is artistic, have him draw the graphics. But if drawing gives your child fits, then find some nice clipart for him to paste into the mini-books. Search the Internet for images related to your topic, or use some of the great links below.

What kind of mini-book should you use? In the beginning, start small. Make some basic books with easy folds, and add your information into them. As you gain experience, you can venture out into some of the more complicated mini-books. See the links below for online directions for many types of mini-books.

For you highly visual learners, I've created a Minibook Gallery with photo examples of many styles of mini-books.

An Easy Way to Start

Tackle a mini-book rather than an entire lapbook.

So, you're interested in lapbooking but really have no idea where to start. What to do? Well, you could buy one of the kits from a retailer, or you can start small - one mini-book.

Choose one of the "easiest mini-books" below and make a few blank books. Then give them to your children to add text and images. It can be something you've studied in science or history, or it could simply be a creative story.

Once you and you children see how easy one mini-book is, the creating will go on and on. Once you have several mini-books about one topic, affix them into a file folder or large pieces of cardstock folded into a book shape.

The Easiest Mini-books - baby steps toward lapbooking

These links are simple directions with diagrams for easy to make mini-books.

Directions for Making Mini-books - more options

There are a myriad of choices when it comes to mini-books. Add in colored paper in various sizes, and the options multiply!

Making Mini-books from Online Software - for free, of course

With these online programs, you enter your data and your printer spits out a beautifully professional mini-book!

Shape Books - free templates and patterns

After you see the adorable books, you'll surely want to make some of your own. Keep reading for links to shape book templates. Once you get the hang of it, you can make your own! These mini-books are shaped as different things -- boats, apples, houses, trees. Choose a shape to go along with your lapbook's theme.

Graphics, Clip-art, and Maps - to decorate your lapbooks and mini-books.

We discovered a great timesaver that also makes the finished product more attractive: print your maps and images onto sticker paper. Then you can simply cut it out and stick it into the mini-book! No messy glue or tape!

The Lapbook Base - mount all your mini-books onto a large folder

Some people use file folders, others use posterboard or cardstock. You can use any heavy paper folded into a shutterfold.

To make a shutterfold, mark the (vertical) center of a sheet of paper lightly with pencil. Fold the outer edges into the center mark, creasing well. Voila! A shutterfold!

What if you run out of room? Add extensions to your lapbook. Attach additional pieces of cardstock to the inside top or bottom so that they can fold outwards. Or attach two shutterfolds together.

Evan Moor History Pockets

Evan Moor Publishers' History Pockets and Literature Pockets series are great reproducible books for lapbooking. The publisher has allowed the entire Pockets series to be viewable at Google Books. (This service is to allow you to preview before you buy. The pages cannot be copied or printed.)

For a view of some completed projects, see this Flickr set by a homeschool family.

Projects are displayed in easy-to-make paper pockets, creating a comprehensive portfolio. Or you can affix them to a lapbook base. The book jackets shown here are only a sampling of the titles available in the Pockets series.

This thorough curriculum review of History Pockets at The Curriculum Choice has lots of photos too.

History Pockets: The American Civil War
History Pockets: The American Civil War

This title is a NEW release! Look for the History Pockets: The Revolutionary War as well.

If you prefer an instant download, this book is also available at CurrClick in enhanced Ebook format.

History Pockets: Ancient Rome, Grades 4-6+
History Pockets: Ancient Rome, Grades 4-6+

Another brand NEW release!

If you prefer an instant download, this book is also available at CurrClick in Ebook format.

Literature Pockets, Aesop's Fables, Grades 2-3
Literature Pockets, Aesop's Fables, Grades 2-3

If you prefer an instant download, this book is also available at CurrClick in Ebook format.

History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3
History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3

I have this title in the series. It not only has reproducible mini-books and other paper projects, it is also full of factual information that will save you time researching. Here is a review by another homeschooling mom. She also includes photos of her children's work.

If you prefer an instant download, this book is also available at CurrClick in enhanced Ebook format.


Lapbooking Resources Via Email - freebies right to your inbox

These email newsletters offer consistently good resources for lapbooking -- both complete lapbook kits and clipart.

Creative Teaching Press Bookmaking Bonanza
Creative Teaching Press Bookmaking Bonanza

If you prefer an instant download, this book is also available at CurrClick in Ebook format.

Giant Science Resource Book
Giant Science Resource Book

This is a book I own and have used many times to find graphics for science related lapbooking. It includes these areas: life science, physical science, space science, and environmental science.

You can read another review of this book at The Heart of the Matter.

If you prefer an instant download, this book is also available at CurrClick in enhanced Ebook format.

Read a Book, Make a Book (How to Make Books with Children Series)
Read a Book, Make a Book (How to Make Books with Children Series)

If you prefer an instant download, this book is also available at CurrClick in Ebook format.


Beyond Minibooks - Adding Extras to Your Lapbook

Besides mini-books, there are many things you can put into a lapbook. Consider laminating them so that they can be used again and again. You can put them into a pocket or envelope affixed to the lapbook.

Here is a list of some possibilities:

  1. Paper dolls or puppets
  2. Jigsaw puzzles
  3. Board games
  4. Charts and graphs
  5. Mazes, Crossword Puzzles, Word Searches
  6. Flashcards
  7. Realia - real things (coins, feathers, postcards, etc.)

Great Science Adventures Curriculum - for lapbooking science topics

This entire science curriculum revolves around reproducible paper crafts and mini-books. This is an ideal science curriculum for a lapbooking family! Or chose a title to supplement your existing science curriculum.

For a balanced discussion of this curriculum, see this Homeschool Library forum thread. (You do have to join the forum to read it though.)

For a thorough review, visit Eclectic Homeschool Online.

Features of Great Science Adventures:

* Multilevel teaching for K - 8

* 24 lessons, with one reproducible minibook for each

* Detailed explanation of all activities

It is suggested that you complete 2-3 lessons each week for an 8-12 week unit study.

Great Science Adventures the World of Tools And Technology
Great Science Adventures the World of Tools And Technology

I used this title as a resource for a physics lapbook. Not only does it have reproducible minibooks, but it also has reproducible graphics and directions for making your own minibooks.

Great Science Adventures

books are available at Christian


Lapbooking is a Tool

a reminder

Remember, lapbooking is only a tool for learning. You are not studying lapbooking; you are studying weather or archaeology, for example. If the lapbook does not aid in learning important information about what you are studying, it's just busy work. So make sure that each mini-book your child makes is really something you find important for her to learn.

Of course some things you study and some of the things on your lapbook plan will not make their way into mini-books either because you ran out of time or you later decided it just didn't "work." That's okay!

Even if your lapbook has just four or five mini-books, if there was learning happening, then it's a successful lapbook.

Still have questions? Visit the Lapbooking FAQ page.

Where To Buy Lapbook Kits - if your creativity or time is short

To read reviews of various lapbook kit retailers, visit this thread at Homeschool Share's Forum.

How do You Lapbook? - Do you buy kits or do you prefer DIY?

Which response best fits your lapbooking style?

  • We usually buy kits from Hands of a Child (HOC).
  • We usually buy kits from Knowledge Box Press (KBP).
  • We usually buy kits from Live and Learn Press (L&LP).
  • We buy kits from more than one retailer (including HOC, KBP, and L&LP).
  • We usually make the lapbook without any purchased kit at all.
  • We are a hodgepodge of styles -- we both buy kits and make our own from scratch!
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Books from Scholastic and Teacher Created Resources

These two well respected publishers haveepublished several reproducible books that are easily adaptable to lapbooking projects. Click on the link to explore more similar options at Amazon.

US History Little Books: Famous Events
US History Little Books: Famous Events

NEW! This book features reproducible foldables about events in American history. Look for the famous people version at Amazon.

If you prefer an instant download, this book is also available at CurrClick in Ebook format.


Now That You've Finished

What to Do With the Lapbook?

Find a place to store you lapbooks where they can be accessed again and again.

We store our lapbooks on a shelf. And I've found that they get a lot of love! My daughter loves looking at them! And in that way, the learning goes on and on! She doesn't realize that she's reviewing facts that she's studied and already forgotten.

Here is my 6th grade daughter, looking back at her 1st grade Ancient Greece lapbook when our page-a-day calendar featured a Greek urn.

Other people store their lapbooks in notebooks or binders. See how Nadene manages to store them at Practical Pages.

We have often used them as a reference when we are studying. "Hmm.. what was the order of the digestive system tract? Hey, let's look in the Human Body Lapbook; we have a diagram of it!"

My daughter also enjoys showing them to visitors. What a great way to document the learning going on in your homeschool! A lapbook is a project that your child can be proud to show off time and time again.

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Christene-S 9 years ago

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gods_grace_notes 9 years ago

Ohmigosh, Jimmie...this is so awesome! You have really worked hard on this lens, and it shows; it's amazing! I love the lens, lapbooking is new to me; so thanks for introducing me to a whole new world...via a FANTASTIC LENS! Bravo, 2 thumbs up WAY UP! Connie

gods_grace_notes 9 years ago

Hi Jimmie...Loved this lens so much I had to come back for seconds! I just wanted to invite you to join my group at Connieâs Craft-a-Holics Club

You would be a terrific addition! Thanks again for introducing me to this! Connie : )

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belindam lm 9 years ago

A fantastic site! Thank you


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SusanDeppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

Awesome info and resources! I'm a retired homeschool mom looking forward to lapbooking with my future homeschooled grandchildren! Five stars and many blessings to you!


anonymous 9 years ago

Awesome! I am going to have to track down a homeschool of mom and seminary student's wife whom I was trying to give a crash course to on this as she needs an inexpensive way to school her kiddos- now I have this lens site to give out! Thank you Thank you!

anonymous 9 years ago

You did a great job here! Thanks Jimmie :)

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aliveworldwide 9 years ago

Thanks Jimmie! This is great information and you presented it beautifully. So many good idea in one place!

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daoine lm 9 years ago

Excellent lens - what a great idea!

anonymous 9 years ago

Thanks so much for inspiring my own lens...and for dropping by! I really love all of the great information here. You've done a wonderful job! Take care.

wenfri 9 years ago

Excellent lense Great information too Easy to follow and read 5 stars for a great effort

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GrillGirl 9 years ago

Great page. I'll have to try this. It looks like fun.

anonymous 9 years ago

Nice lens, I never knew about this stuff. 5 stars!

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LilliputStation 9 years ago

I love the polls! Very informative. Great addition! Melissa

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Sensitive Fern 9 years ago

Oooo..this sounds like a lot of fun. I don't have kids but I'm very creative and have a hard time organizing my ideas. Maybe this would work? I love book arts and art journals...maybe this would be a way to combine both. Hmmmm... *5 stars.*

anonymous 9 years ago

WOW!! Jimmiee!! You have added SO much to this since I was first over here. I'm going to add this as a link on my blog. Thank you for all your hard work in putting together an amazing resource! ~Cindy

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Pixelrage LM 9 years ago

Amazing lens - thanks for submitting to the Tutorial group, you're now featured.

FESA 9 years ago

Wow, great lens. What a fantastic concept! I had never heard of 'lapbooking' before I visited your site, so this was a real interesting lens for me. Great work! Thanks, Fran

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Janusz LM 9 years ago

Really Cool Lens! Never heard of Lapbooking before :) Well done.

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Retro Loco 9 years ago from USA

I would have loved lapbooking when I was a child, and I would do it now if I had the time. Looks like fun. I had not heard of it either until I saw your lens. Your lens looks fantastic. 5 stars! ~Vicki~

anonymous 9 years ago

Amazing page!!! I am totally impressed with the organizational layout as well as the practical directions and the visual aids.



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anonymous 9 years ago

THANK YOU 1,000 times! I really needed to find out more about lap-booking and you have lots of great links and info in one place

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CynthiaWetzel 9 years ago from Michigan

I love the original photos! Great Lens!

allysa 9 years ago

thanks for sharing, your lens is great! thanks for the infos Jimmie. :)5* for you

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KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

What a great lens! I had never heard of lapbooking before this.

webseitler 9 years ago

Wow! This is a really interesting topic! I think my kids would love this. Thanks for the info. I'm off to check it out. :)

ChickMagnet101 9 years ago

Hey Jimmie, interesting lens! (I've rated it 5 stars!) These are really interesting concepts for children. Keep up the grea work on your lenses!


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LilliputStation 9 years ago


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N376 9 years ago

Wow, what a fantastic lens!

allysa 9 years ago

when I'm making some of these, I used recycled paper as a replacement of sticky notes. Thanks for some tips, like your lens.

anonymous 9 years ago

I am totally amazed and excited about lapbooks , you have started a fire in my belly for learning.Your lens is inspiring .Thank you so much for sharing.I want to share with everyone here in Australia.

anonymous 9 years ago

I found it quite difficult to locate any material for teens ( samples, pages, suggestions or ideas) I was wondering if you could send me in the right direction.Awesome pages by the way.

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KSamuel-Stevens 9 years ago

Amazing! I had not heard of this before. I can see both of my kids really getting into this. Great information.

anonymous 9 years ago

What a wonderful idea. I have been looking for a great way to organize all that we are learning in our unit studies. Thank you for explaining it so well.

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MomwithAHook LM 9 years ago from California

I just love your lense on lapbooking. I first heard about this while I was homeschooling my first son. No more homeschooling but I do love learning. Thanks for all the great tips, advice, samples, and links.

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ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

Great lens! Lots of great information for all of us. Keep up the hard work. Come over to A DAY OF HOPE

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Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

What a creative way to learn plus another reference for me to add to the Clip Art Crafts lens. My grandkids will love these ideas.

hopewrites 9 years ago

This is an awesome lens!! Bookmarking for future use. Thanks!

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cineteq 9 years ago from Montreal

Wow!!! Lens of the Year!

anonymous 9 years ago

WOW! I have not been by in awhile and BOY have you been busy! Do you have more than 24 hours in a day in China???? I am amazed! Thanks for all the great resources.


shopperholic 9 years ago

Great Info! I had not seen this before now.

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Very informative lens

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evelynsaenz1 8 years ago from Royalton

Thank you Jimmie for lensrolling my I love the idea for lapbooking so much that I am adding a link to it on several of my lenses.

vinz07 8 years ago

What comes to your mind to create this...I really love this lens..I like it!!!I will bookmark for future reference...

Keep it up!!!

1stTech 8 years ago

Great idea! My kids will love this.

LE_Robinson 8 years ago

Awesome site!I used to teach lots of learning disabled kids and these ideas are the sort that worked - and worked very well!

anonymous 8 years ago

Wow Thanks what great ideas!!

crunchymom76 8 years ago

Wonderful lense!

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Music-Resource 8 years ago

Hi Jimmie, Nice Lapbook lens. What a great family hobby! I enjoy discovering creative ways of self expression and this looks like a good one. I like the voting plexos and the large blue photo in the first module. Nice job. ~Music Resource~

anonymous 8 years ago

Your blog is amazing and very informative. Thank you for all of your hard work

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JackieLee LM 8 years ago

WOW!! I had never heard of this, what a fun idea and a GREAT LENS!! What age would you say you can start these? I look forward to doing this when my little one gets a little older. :)

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wendysue lm 8 years ago

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! I'm going to link to you from my Homeschool Blog. I'm sure my readers will love your lens every bit as much as I do! 5 Stars!!!

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pyngthyngs 8 years ago

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Infant_Traveler 8 years ago

Great Lens! Thanks for sharing, All the Best, Melissa :-)

thomasz 8 years ago

Interesting lens. Nice info.

anonymous 8 years ago

Wow! Lapbooking is a great idea.This helps to maintain complete data on a subject at on place.Thanks for sharing the idea on this lens.

anonymous 8 years ago

Thank you for sharing this info with us on lapbooking and how to start it.And the uses of it.

webbfamilysales 8 years ago

Thank youf or such an informative and detailed lens!

I can't wait to start making lapbooks! :)

anonymous 8 years ago

Amazing lens. Can't wait to pass it on to my homeschooling lists!

diglet 8 years ago

Excellent lens and very interesting.

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teamlane 8 years ago

Blessed by a Squid Angel today! :o)

craigan 8 years ago

I've never heard about this before. Great stuff!

PaulaFarris 8 years ago

Bravo! This is the site I've been looking for!

I attended a workshop about lapbooking several years ago, but it has been difficult to convey the lapbooking excitement to my daughter.

The resources in this lens are just what I need!

Thank you!!!!

Paula Farris

Stephene 8 years ago

Wow.. nice pictures and information.. i hv joined your fan club.. (^o^)

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StacymomBiz 8 years ago

Excellent Lens! Bookmarked and 5 stars :-)

Keep up the great work!


SellingforEngineers 8 years ago

a very interesting idea. my son is 8, perhaps a little old for this, but I'll give it a try

Marelisa 8 years ago

First time I hear of this. What a neat idea! I'm sharing this with my sister who has kids.

anonymous 8 years ago

Terrific lens...

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Helensmrt 8 years ago

I like this lens very-very much! Thanks!

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carrieokier 8 years ago

Excellent information. Thanks!Live Green And Let Live!

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stephenteacher 8 years ago from Corona, CA

Great stuff!

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anonymous 8 years ago

WOW!! Thanks for gathering all this info! I saw Tammy Duby (Tobin's Lab) present at the Florida Homeschool Conference a couple years ago and really wanted to try this. I never did. I am getting excited all over again as I read and begin to prepare for next schoolyear. All of your resources will be a tremendous help to me!!

Thanks again!

Hanen 8 years ago

great lens very informative nice pictures too

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LSBarton 8 years ago

Great Lens! I diden't know a thing about lapbooking. Sounds interesting. I'll have to come back again. I'd love to have you visit my lens Scrapbooking!

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This lens is great, very informative, thank you.


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SharonMay 8 years ago

Thanks so much for this information on Lapbooks. My son has a huge school project to do and didn't know how to set out his information. Now he does. This is a great idea. Thanks for the links too.

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kellywissink lm 8 years ago

Hi Jimmie!

Thanks for your creative and inspiring ideas! I've added you to my new Homeschooling and Beyond lens.

5 Stars!

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akrause2112 8 years ago

Excellent Resource! We can't wait to get started on our own! Thank you for adding it to the BIG LENSES Group!

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eccles1 8 years ago

you love to teach and it shows what a great job !

anonymous 8 years ago

Thank you, Thank you! I am new to this concept and you just made my life so much easier. There is so much great information on one place! I will definitely be sharing this website with my friends!

cherangelry lm 8 years ago

Love your lens! I stumbled here and found it very intriguing! Lapbooking is kinda like training for Squidooing! Lol!

Seriously, though, I might just use some of these techniques to help me in grad school!

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LilliputStation 8 years ago

Jimmie, you still have a link for HomeschoolEStore. I thought you might like to update it.


WhippetTalk 8 years ago

I had no idea what Lapbooking was! I assumed it was something to do with computers! LOL What a great lens. I'll have to tell my friends about this as it's a great summertime project for them to share with their children.

anonymous 8 years ago

Nice pictures and useful information. thanks! 5 stars.

dewalt66 8 years ago

Excellente with an accent grave,

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LDWorld 8 years ago

Congratulations on making TOP 100!

Useful and helpful info.

anonymous 8 years ago

Wow I'am so impress with your web site. I thanks for all the wonderful resources.I think we are going to be very busy!!........

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KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

I've already 5-starred this lens, and am back to bestow a Squid Angel Blessing. I'm also featuring your lens on my Squid Angel Diary.

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TonyPayne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

I just learned a lot about lapbooking, very nice lens, a great resource. 5*****

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Angelina Gherna 8 years ago from California

This looks really fun, great resource links...I might have to try this

KarrieD 8 years ago

Thanks for the info. I never knew what a lapbook was. Pretty cool.

ricarde 8 years ago

Great lens pictures Jimmie! It really emphasizes how fun lapbooking can be. 5 stars!

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emaddog 8 years ago

Great, i will use your ideas

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Great Idea.


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TonyPayne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

Congratulations on becoming a Giant Squid, you are very deserving of this award. This is a very nice lens.

anonymous 8 years ago

Thanks so much for putting this together! This is an awesome collection of resources! We love altered books and scrapbooking ~ shutterbooks just fit right in. My crafty kids (who like to learn hands-on) can get creative *and* document what they learn so they have to look back on over and over again.

MsMorrison 8 years ago

very creative! i'm sure kids would love this.

youhavegottobekidding 8 years ago

Thanks a lot for all those Infos. i really have no idea about this before but thanks for your Lens now I know.

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linhuck lm 8 years ago

Great lens, 5 out of 5 from me.


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Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

Wow! What a great lens for homeschoolers! I made small books with my kids, similar but not quite the same. Now that they are in high school, I wonder if I could use this idea for something for that age?! This deserves more than 5 *'s! Thank-you.

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Webcodes LM 8 years ago

Hi Jimmie, first of all thank you for visiting my China lens. I was not familiar with what lapbooking was until I read this. Thank you, it's very informative and something I will try with my 5 year old.

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LilliputStation 8 years ago

Jimmie, I was wondering if there was a way to add this lens to the lapbooking blogring?

anonymous 8 years ago

I've been using page plus free version to make my lapbook pages

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stephenteacher 8 years ago from Corona, CA

Very enjoyable lens! Terrific info and great ideas!

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teamlane 8 years ago

Lapbooking looks like a lot of fun!

A Squidoo Angel just passed by and blessed ya! ;)

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This is Veronica Maria from Paper Dali (free historic paper dolls). Thanks so much for the shout-out. : ) And thanks for sharing this marvelous page. It's a beautifully organized, helpful site.

seedplanter 8 years ago

My granddaughter is going to fall in love with this! She is an avid reader and won a story contest at school last year. I think I know what our next project will be! Thanks.

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paperfacets 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

What a good idea and tool for learning.

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GlennaJones 8 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Wow, no one made lapbooks when I homeschooled my children. What a great resource.

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LaraineRoses 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

Hi Jimmy, Thank you for visiting my Isaac Hayes lens. I really enjoyed reading this lens. Something for everyone here. I teach ASL (signing) I've thought of a way to use lapbooking for them. The Graphics and Clip-Art section will be helpful too. Thanks again.

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GreenRevolution 8 years ago

Wow! What a wonderful lens! I wish I had lapbooking when I was a kid. It looks like a fun way to learn. Thanks for sharing these great ideas and resources. I really enjoyed reading it! Great job!!

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beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

wow, that's very creative. 5* from me!

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packetlog 8 years ago

Hi Jimmy. Never knew such a thing existed. Really helpful and very nicely done. Will look at your other lenses as well. Favorite !! Thanks !! Enjoyed it.

rbrown1 8 years ago

As a public school teacher, I'm a huge fan of Dinah Zike and have been doing foldables in class for years. Lapbooking is a wonderful way to tie together foldables for a topic with even more content. I love lapbooking!!!!!!!!!!

bigqin 8 years ago

Nice lens, I am looking for how to,lapbooking is very funny.For your lens ,maybe ,I can make a lapbook by myself.

anonymous 8 years ago

Ah ha! Now I know what lapbooking is! Thank you.

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Music-Resource 8 years ago

Hi Jimmie: Lapbooking looks fun. You put a lot of creative energy into this lens, nice job. ~Music Resource~

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MarcoG 8 years ago from Edinburgh

I've never heard of this before in the UK (I don't know if it's an American thing??). It's such a great idea, I love how learning comes from being creative. These are great to work on as project over the summer holidays etc. Excellent lens xxx

nancydodds1 8 years ago

WOW! Excellent information from your lens i really enjoyed lot. My 5 stars for you.

thesolowriter 8 years ago

Jimmie, thank you for your comments on my lens, China's Wild West. I have 17 nieces/nephews (16 nephews!) and this is a wonderful idea! And about that blonde hair... I often say it was a no-brainer, but it wasn't. I agonized over it. Then it happened and I just rolled with it. But cutting and dying my long blonde hair has made for great story telling!

anonymous 8 years ago

I have a little niece that this is her frist year in school and I

had never heard of the lapbooking before and this would be

something that she would love to do.

When we do scrapbooking she always want to make her own

scrapbook(she has one)but this would be some thing i would

like her school to know about.

This would be such a great learning project for her.

you have but a lot into this lens and it is great

jpetals 7 years ago

What a great lens! I have two little ones and my oldest is now three. We are struggling to figure out what would work best for all of us. As my son has a severe language delay he is in a preschool for 2.5 hours a day, however, I am not convinced that this route is the best for all of us.

I need to poke around a little more and see what other resources you have for homeschooling. Mostly at what age I should start. I think these lapbooks are something that would entertain both my kiddos. Thanks for the resource and I apologize for the novel. =)

anonymous 7 years ago

What a fantastic topic to lens about, I never even knew what these were, and you have provided such detailed and interesting information, what a wonderful learning tool - Kathy

Mammarino 7 years ago

AWESOME lens! One of the best ever on this subject!

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eblack88 lm 7 years ago

Wow! This is an awesome lens. We love lapbooking and now I am inspired to start a new one this week. I will be coming back here often! Check out my Homeschool Curriculum Reviews blog.

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eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

I finally signed up, so I can comment now. This truly is an amazing resource!!!! 5* (of course) I'm also adding it to my favorites.

teeray 7 years ago

I hope that people reading this lens will encourage more than just young children to make lapbooks. These could be very useful for all ages. Thank you for sharing. This is a great lens.

anonymous 7 years ago

Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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clouda9 lm 7 years ago

Cool stuff here! Congrats on 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination...woot! (

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SusanDeppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination, well deserved!

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paperfacets 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

I began daydreaming. Primary schools could have a lapbooking project they would carry on to each year. Start with a subject and see what new you could learn each year on that subject and add it to the book. After 5 or 6 years you would have quite the knowledge. The last year all class mates could vote on class lapbook. You could even change your subject just say why the next year. One subject does lead to another like Squidooing.

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KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

anonymous 7 years ago

I never heard of lapbooking. I love the idea. Great lens. Very informative!

Joan4 7 years ago

Congratulations on winning Best Crafty Lens in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards!

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aka-rms 7 years ago from USA

Congratulations on winning the 2008 Best Crafty lens!

julieannbrady 7 years ago

Congratulations Jimmie for winning the Best Crafty Lens in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards. Well deserved!

ThomasC 7 years ago

Congratulations on your Giant Squid 2008 Award! Very well done!


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evelynsaenz1 7 years ago from Royalton

Congratulations on Best Crafty Lens. You certainly deserve it.

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greenerme 7 years ago

Great work and congratulations on your Giant Squid Award! Happy New Year!

anonymous 7 years ago

Congratulations on your win! :)

anonymous 7 years ago

I was recently introduced to lapbooking by a friend and we are currently working on our first round of lapbooks. I love it! The kids love it! We are having so much fun! Your website is excellent, and a resource that I am sure I will return to over and over again. Thanks for the inspiration, we found several ideas to incorporate into our current projects and many jumping off points for our next round!

dgtile 7 years ago

Well done Jimmie.You are a real pro at this!

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DianaHarper LM 7 years ago

I enjoyed your blog. I had wanted to teach my children how to create lapbooks. I would get bogged down in trying to decide which mini-book to use with which set of information. The picture at the top of your blog inspired me to make a "mini-book sample" lapbook. As my daughter worked on her first lapbook, I showed her the samples, and she chose the mini-books. Now we are going to make a collection of mini-books that will already be prepared for future projects. Any excuse to play - I mean - work with scissors and colored paper :)

enslavedbyfaeries 7 years ago

Once again, I am adding to my favorites for future use! Superb information and just what I've been looking for to keep up with my daughter's constant quest for knowledge.

marsha32 7 years ago

In going through your links I see that the Hands of a Child is offering discounts on their kits because of the new law about to take effect.

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Czarque 7 years ago

How interesting - I had never heard of lapbooking before!!

anonymous 7 years ago

What a wonderful idea! I wish I had known about lap-booking when my kids were little and when I home schooled them. That would have been something!

PostRanger 7 years ago

Pretty fascinating topic...and a comprehensive lens. I'm definitely going to be back...multiple times. These are the kinds of things my wife and I have been working on for our kid's school reports for years without really knowing what to call them. Thanks for the resources!

jchulew 7 years ago

Lapbooking is so much fun. I have friends that love making scrapbooks that have turned some of their ideas into lapbooks. Creativity is a must!

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lisasboutique 7 years ago

love this idea, will be using it next week with my homeschooling boys, what a fantastic idea for them to keep their records of what they have been doing throughout the year of home schooling Thanks 5 Stars and will be lens rolling it to my lens about Creativity with homeschooling.

anonymous 7 years ago

What a wonderful method! I could easily use this in my classroom and I know my kids would love it:)

ClassroomCanada 7 years ago

Great lens! Wow - so much on here, I need to mark some of my time off to just go through it all. Thanks for sharing!

jessicahoward 7 years ago

wow its amazing...great creativity...your lens is excellent....the way you have explained the things is amazing....i loved it and gonna share your lens within my friends as they love such a kind of things......well i am fond of latest can have a look for it...i am sure as an artistic person you will love it.

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AndrewGreen LM 7 years ago

Nce ideas, will keep an eye on this lens.

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AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

Brilliant. I am always looking for new ideas and your lenses are an inspiration for our homeschool.

spiritartist 7 years ago

Neat lens. I can see you are a great teacher!

anonymous 7 years ago

omg omg omg those pic's are awesome

anonymous 7 years ago

that is really cool, i've never heard of lapbooking but it is very interesting and i can see where it would be very useful, great lens

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EpicFarms 7 years ago

What a great lens! I've come across the term lapbook before, but didn't quite "get it". Now that I do, I am definitely going to try my hand at it :o) 5* for a very informative lens!


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Senora M 7 years ago

Cool lens. I just found you from a blog that a friend of mine follows. Neat idea!

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kimark421 7 years ago

Cool lens...I had never heard of lapbooking before. Now I have! Five Stars.

anonymous 7 years ago

Love the shaped lap books! What a wonderful informative page.....Thank you for creating it :) Free Fun Stuff!

anonymous 7 years ago

Thank you SO much for creating this page! I am homeschooled, and starting to teach piano. My Mom heard about lapbooking, and made me interested. I was trying to plan a lapbook about the piano to make with my piano students, when I stumbled across your site. What a great help it's been! I think I can figure it out now!

poutine 7 years ago

This is super brilliant.

A good way for kids and adults to learn and remember a subject.

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Michey LM 7 years ago

This is excellent, you know how to use graphical effects, and the lens is informational and beautiful



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glassjubo 7 years ago

This is interesting,I've never seen this type of thing before.

It reminds me of what I do in my 'sketchbook'. As an artist I usually have a 'sketchbook' with me and put ideas, rough drawings,bits of fabric,pictures of things I like and notes etc. into it. It is used as a reminder when I get down to designing a piece of art.

Great lens, thank you, glassjubo - allthingsglass

anonymous 7 years ago

nice lens! thanks!


anonymous 7 years ago

Cool site, thanks for putting so much encouraging stuff and resource and info links in one place.

You've done a great job, t's all really helpful.

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Laniann 7 years ago

What a fantastic lens - there is so much useful information. I didn't have time to read everything so I'll be back. 5*s and I Favorite it.

College-Girl 7 years ago

Fantastic lens!

This is first time I have heard the word lapbook and I like the idea of creating lapbook. I will come back to read more. 5 * * * * *

QueSea 7 years ago

Wow! Fun Stuff. I'll be sharing this with our kids and grandkids

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BarbRad 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

Great resource. Wish I'd read this when we first adopted our children.

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ajgodinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, excellent many great ideas. I'm going to pass this on to one of my friends who is planning to homeschool her kids. She just gave birth to her second child and her first (a boy) is going to turn 3. Thanks for this wonderful resource! 5*s and I joined your fan club! Blessings, AJ :)

sunnystar 7 years ago

Wow! Wonderful ideas and great resources. I will definitely come back to check out all those resources.

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GonnaFly 7 years ago from Australia

What an excellent resource! My children are older now so we tend to do more of the notebook style. But we loved doing lapbooking when they were younger.

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Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

WoW! So many ideas! Love this and gona show it to my husband! He'sll find use for it in his classroom! Blessed by an Angel!

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amy1980 7 years ago

I'm going to try this! I've never heard of lapbooking, but I can see the value. Thanks so much.

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lasertek lm 7 years ago

This is fun! Great lens! I will try lapbooking one of these days. Thanks for sharing.

Btw, if you got the time, do visit my lens. Thanks again.

anonymous 7 years ago

I just stumbled upon lapbooks a few weeks ago. I am using them for my sixth grade math and science students. Awesome!

debraanne 7 years ago

What a great idea - and I love all the pictures!

Income4life 6 years ago

great lensfor lapbooks

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eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

This lens has been blessed by an Angel! :)

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JulieS LM 6 years ago

Five stars for your lens! The lapbook pictures are a wonderful edition and really show me what the outcome is like. Our family has homeschooled for 20 years. Lapbooking has become so popular in the last 5 years. My kids were in high school or college before these wonderful illustrations and directions were available. I love the ideas and hope that all you younger homeschoolers will take full advantage of them. I invite you to visit my site at Used Homeschool Curriculum

SnoopyGirl1 6 years ago

After first hearing of the concept of a Lapbook on Tobin's Lab website, your lens was the first place I actually saw how to do it. It looked so doable and fun. We have made many since discovering this 2 years ago. Thanks for all your hard work. Your lens was also my first introduction to Squidoo. I have finally taken the plunge and made 3 of my own lenses. Thanks again for your inspiration!

anonymous 6 years ago

I link your lapbooking page in my blog ( and I translate your article into italian... thanks for your experience...

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Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

Wonderful! I had not come across lapbooks before reading about them on Squidoo from yourself and Lynn. I already love to scrapbook and as a child I used to put together books about things I liked, from Robin Hood to horses, so I guess intuitively I have made some without knowing! I will definitely be making these with my daughter when she is older. Favourited and looking forward to exploring more of your lenses!

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AHERMITT LM 6 years ago

This is sooooo much information. I am going to have to really study this.

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MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

Sounds great for when my grandkids are old enough!

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evelynsaenz1 5 years ago from Royalton

It's been quite a while since I visited this lens and could barely recognize it. You have been very busy adding hundreds of helpful links and suggestions. What a wonderful resource for homeschoolers. I wish I had known about lapbooks when my children were younger.

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Luminosity LM 5 years ago

This is a neat idea.

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eclecticeducati1 5 years ago

I rated this lens a long time ago. I just wanted to come back and bless it.

anonymous 5 years ago

Hey Jimmie! I love your lens on lapbooking! I'm a classroom teacher trying to incorporate lapbooking in my classroom, so your lens was very helpful! I've linked it to my website, so I hope that's okay! (I have some original free templates there, also.)

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JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

I love this page more every time I visit! =D

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Harshitha LM 5 years ago

I had never heard of lapbooks. This is a great lens. I'll try making a lapbook now, guess it will be fun!

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eclecticeducati1 5 years ago

I love your lens. Thanks for making it! This lens was I think the first example I ever saw of a lens and the one that got me interested in Squidoo. :) Happy Valentine's Day! :)

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John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

Some great instuction and ideas contained in this lens. I don't know if it is the same thing but I keep an art journal and use collage to make art books, something I very much enjoy as a change from 2-dimensional art.

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Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

More valuable information that has already started me on lapbooks. I did purchase three of the Evan-Moor pocket books since we will be going to Missouri and Tennessee this summer and plan to visit some battlefields. Not yet homeschooling but might as well get a head start.

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Philippians468 5 years ago

i love these DIY ideas! thank you for sharing this delightful lens on lapbooking! shall attempt one myself! cheers

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sushilkin lm 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Keep sharing always. Please PRAY for JAPAN by visit on Squidoo!!

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akumar46 lm 5 years ago

Great method of learning with Lapbooking.

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wolley811 5 years ago

Hi, I love your lens! For some reason I didn't find the Lensroll icon, was that deliberate? I would love to add you to my lensroll. Thanks!

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TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

@wolley811: The lensroll button is NO longer a feature on squidoo. It was removed along with other updates on May 26/2011.

speaktolearn 5 years ago

I can really use some of these designs! Good lapbooks!

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janeaustengirl lm 5 years ago

We love lapbooks! Good lens.

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TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

Very cool idea for kids to do!

mockingbird999 5 years ago

Pretty cool. Would be fun for the kids.

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evelynsaenz1 5 years ago from Royalton

I just had to come back and bless this lens. Thank you so much for introducing me to Lapbooking. I wish I had known about it when my children were homeschooling. What a wonderful way to organize and display the information you are learning together.

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StudioElysee 5 years ago

Very inspirational lens. This is a more than fantastic idea. Such educational potential for kids, and, more importantly (to add to the latter) so much fun!

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PedroMorales1 5 years ago

I am going to share this with my friends at facebook, I have several who are homeschool moms.

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franstan lm 5 years ago

Exceptional lens with great instructions about how to make and use a lapbook. Blessed

anonymous 5 years ago

This lens is one of the first few sites I learned a lot about lapbooking. It's very informative and does a great job at getting your started. So, thanks a million!!! =)

Since I've been doing lapbooking in my homeschool, I noticed going to the DollarTree to buy folders and construction paper and BigLots for cardstock was becoming a bit much for me. I recently came across a site called and they have these kits called Pocket Lapbooks Kits and it's so much more affordable -- for me anyway, my budget is a bit tight these days -- and it comes with everything I was buying individually at the stores I just named. Oh, and the folders are prefolded as well as in a variety of colors, too. So just thought I'd share.

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mihgasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

Amazing source of information. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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BusyMOM LM 4 years ago

Being a craft lover, this lens is right up my alley. Thanks for educating me. I had never heard of lapbooking before today.

anonymous 4 years ago

Really fantastic instructions ! my son is three now, waiting for another couple of year for introducing this lens to him. Thanks

jimmyworldstar 4 years ago

These remind me of middle school projects, instead of a presentation on cardboard or foam, it's a miniature book.

anwyn 4 years ago

great instructions which i'm taking to my school and running as a trial!

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julescorriere 4 years ago from Jonesborough TN

I'd never heard of lapbooks before. Thanks for this informative lens!

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kpp2385 4 years ago

lapbooks are new to me, but look very interesting. great lense

mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

This is really so interesting. I want to investigate this more for when I have children. Great lens.

anonymous 4 years ago

Jimmie, this is outstanding! So creative. What a wonderful way to get children involved with their lessons. To the best that I can recall, this is the first time I've heard of lapbooks and I think it is a terrific concept.

anonymous 4 years ago

I'm a British mum just starting our home-ed.journey. people don't seem to.lapbook much here so your page has been a great help. Thanks.

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annanee 3 years ago from USA

This is a good idea for a new craft. I will have to give it a try.

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rockingretro2 3 years ago

My children and therefore my grandchildren are scattered all over the country. I am going to try to adapt the idea of the lapbooks to educational projects that I can do long distance with my grandchildren. We do Facetime on the Ipad so I could send them sections of a topic to work on with their parents and they could show me on Facetime and at the end assemble it into a lapbook. I was an educator for all my career and this idea really appeals to me. Great lens.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you so much for all these wonderful resources. You've made my school year!! God bless!

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MVSquid 3 years ago

Even though, I have not heard of this before. It def sounds interesting. This would be a great way to help a child take a more active role in their education.

GetAcneFree 3 years ago

These are great! I used to be a teacher but hadn't heard of these.

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lilantz 3 years ago

These are very interesting. I should try them out with my kids. My sons love to draw.

Margot_C 3 years ago

What a great idea! I am completely new to this concept and think it's wonderful. Makes me want to make some myself. Congrats on the Purple Star.

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blessedmomto7 3 years ago

You've got some great resources as usual. I found this lens through a link on We enjoy lapbooking and use many free resources.

MamaWildcraft 3 years ago

Very creative! This is the first I've heard of lapbooking. What a great way to make learning fun.

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LauraHofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

Interesting topic and great information here. I wasn't familiar with the term, but I have made mini books before. Now I'm inspired to make more!

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Expat Mamasita 3 years ago from Slovakia

I hadn't heard of lapbooking before but will definitely be trying it with my toddler.

faithfilledchaos 9 months ago

What a great post. After homeschooling for 10 years, I wish I had found this when I first started. I will be sharing with my readers. Thanks so much!

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