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Lapbooks – A Fun Way to Learn the Only Limit is Your Creativity


Be creative! You make lapbooks from two file folders for math, science, literature, religion, history, even music. You are only limited by your imagination.

As we settle into the new school year, it is worthwhile to make some time to be creative with the curriculum.

One fun way to do this is to create lapbooks. My family has been making lapbooks for many years, and we find them a fun way to make the learning more creative and hands-on.We have made lapbooks for math, science, literature, religion, history, and even music. You are only limited by your imagination.

Lapbooks allow you to linger on a subject for a while and really explore it in depth. The whole family can work on them, each contributing according to their ability. They can be artistic and beautiful or practical and straightforward.

What is a lapbook you ask? It’s simply two legal sized file folders glued or taped together to make a book in the shape of a shutter by folding in each side. Then, you simply add to the book things related to your study. There could be drawings, diagrams, mini books, accordion books, or printables. Let the kids really get creative and make the lapbooks their own special project.

In my home, we’ve added to them as years have gone by, and I have one on the solar system to which all eight of my children have contributed! It’s quite worn from use but it is a treasured memento of our homeschooling journey. You can see it on the Seton Home Study School Facebook page. It’s in the video library with detailed instructions.

IF you make a lapbook we would love to see photos! Please send them to!

About Mary Ellen Barrett

Mother of seven children and two in heaven, Mary is wife to David and a lifelong New Yorker. She has homeschooled her children for eleven years using Seton and an enormous amount of books. She is a columnist for The Long Island Catholic and blogs here . Meet Mary Ellen.
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