Lapbooking for Homeschool: What and Why you should

Lapbooking for Homeschool

What exactly is lapbooking for homeschool and why should you use it?

Lapbooking for Homeschool - what & why you should

The What

Lapbooking is simply a way to gather the information you are learning and studying and compiling it into a mini-book format. Students learn to assimilate information, to pull out the important data, and to put it together in an organized and understandable presentation.

Regular file folders are used as a base to create this fantastic homeschool resource. See our tutorial HERE  on how to fold them to form the main book. Additional “mini-books” are then added throughout the base to organize and present the information on any topic.

Lapbooks are an educational scrapbook of your studies.

The Why

Lapbooking trains students to process, assimilate and share important information.  

The mini-books that are put together throughout the lapbooking process provide a terrific visual method of “chunking” information in appropriate sections. This skill not only helps students retain what they are learning, but is a skill that will continue to be useful to them long after their lapbooking days have passed!

Lapbooks also make great tools for review and for recording all that you have studied in your homeschool journey.

Lapbooking is educational and fun!

Additional Benefits

Using lapbooking as an educational tool in your family homeschool can change the whole atmosphere in your school day. A few of the added benefits include the following:

  1. Lapbooking is FUN!
  2. Lapbooking is CREATIVE
  3. Great for Special Needs Learning
  4. Hands on activities help students retain what they learn
  5. Terrific resource for REVIEW
  7. Lapbooking highlights the most important information on a subject
  8. It teaches organizational skills useful in studies & throughout life
  9. It is FLEXIBLE! Use it in a way that works best for your family or child
  10. Lapbooks make a GREAT PRESENTATIONS of work (for grandparents or state agencies)


A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks come in stand alone options that need no other curriculum, and also in lapbooks to accompany your studies for many of your favorite homeschool companies!  SEE OUR STORE HERE


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Summer Lapbooking

Summer is a great time to start your lapbooking journey.


Because many of us, either take a break from school, or we reduce the amount of school we are doing.  This frees up some time to learn to utilize lapbooks.  It gives our children something to do on those rainy days, or so stinking hot it is not really fit to be outside.  It can break the summer boredom patterns too.

Some ways to utilize lapbooks during these hot months:Abbey Lapbooking (1)

  • Review a some concepts taught from last year
  • Introduce some new concepts that will help make the next year a little easier
  • Use our blank templates to have children lapbook through vacation, gardening, and more.
  • Help younger children get a head start in reading by using one of our literature lapbooks
  • Do a lapbook to help gain excitement in science or history topics you will be studying in depth next year.
  • Do one of our Bible Lapbooks to help review some of the verses and Bible stories you have covered.
  • Train an older child to lapbook with a younger child, to give you more time to work with another child.
  • Enjoy a Staycation traveling the world with one or two or more of our Geography Lapbooks
  • Practice and Review math facts with our math lapbooks

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to lapbook through the summer to help keep those skills learned last year tuned up.

What lapbook would you like to work through this summer?

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Top Ten Unusal Lapbooking Supplies

Last week we discussed ten reasons to try lapbooking.  This week we are going to talk about a few supplies that can make lapbooking a little bit more “crafty”.  Personally, I need to let my children do this a little more.  The page shown below is using yarn and glitter glue.  Our children have a lot of fun embellishing after they do the thinking part of filling out the information.  This also helps cover another subject in school, art.  

  1. Glitter Glueembellished lapbook
  2. Water Color Crayons
  3. Oil Pastels
  4. Glue Dots
  5. 3d Glue Dots
  6. Eyelets or Rivets
  7. Circle Cutter
  8. Decorative scissors
  9. Yarn and ribbon in various colors
  10. Stickers, buttons, flowers
  11. Brads decorative

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Top Ten Reasons to Try Lapbooking in Your Homeschool

Today, I asked on our Facebook wall what some reasons people should try lapbooking.  Below are a few of the responses.  

  1. Special Needs Homeschooling We are using the Farm Animals lapbook right now. It’s great for speech therapy! Animal sounds are one of the first things a speech therapist uses to encourage speech. It’s made for a preschooler and that works great for my little one. PS THANK YOU for pre printing the material so I don’t use all my colored ink! :)
  2. oh, you need a reason to lapbook?? Just kidding, we think it’s fun and an effective way of studying a topic, also when finished you have a nice piece to show….
  3. It doesn’t seem like work!
  4. We use them as a fun supplement and to show off with (the grandparents are the ones who actually show off the lapbooks).
  5. My children love hands on learning. They remember so much more on the subjects that we pair with lapbooks!
  6. It is a great testing tool and allows me to see what they learned, allows the student to show us what they learned and also is so much fun! Organization, fun and kids love it!
  7. We use lapbooking because it makes the work more interesting, my boys actually look forward to doing their work (miracle in itself!) and the finished product is something to treasure for years to come!
  8. Because when they are completed, the kids will come back to them again and again. That means they are reviewing that info. and reinforcing what we learned over and over.
  9. You can have art without adding another subject, because they can use colored pencils and shading, drawing to complete many of their booklets.
  10. The information learned sticks better, because you are using so many learning gates.  Hands on, visual, auditory and smell if you use scented markers.
  11. Hands on learning is simply more fun. Lap booking provides that.

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Helping the Reluctant Child Learn to Love Lapbooking

Believe it or not, when I started working for A Journey Through Learning in August, my oldest did NOT like lapbooking.  He would practically refuse to do a lapbook.

We finally sat down and talked about why…it was because the first five lapbooks we attempted were so challenging, and he really didn’t like the subject matter.  He also struggled because many require a lot of writing.  He is dysgraphic, so writing is a challenge.

So, I asked Paula and Nancy what I could do to help.  First they sent me some high interest lapbooks for him to work on.  Specifically the Reptiles lapbook.

He absolutely loved this lapbook.  He learned about different reptiles, and found the instructions so easy to follow, that he able to complete it on his own.

Just the other day, he said

“I am a smart boy now that I can lapbook”


It seems that those harder to follow, more complicated lapbooks really had him believing he couldn’t lapbook and that he was not smart.

Finding a lapbook that interests you child is key.  Next find out how best to meet their needs.  Some moms will sit down with their child have the child tell the mom what to write down.  Others will allow the child to type their answers on the computer and print it off on sticky paper, then allow the student to stick the answers on the mini books.

I only assign a minibook or two per lapbook per day.  This keeps the lapbooks from being overwhelming.

For coloring the lapbooks, you can allow your child to use colored pencils, pastel chalks, oil pastels, crayon, and even water color paints.

To do the water color paints, you will want to copy the area to be painted onto a separate piece of paper, then once painted and dried, cut and paste to that mini book.

I have also found that spending a bit more on colored file folders really helps my children want to lapbook more.

Lapbooking is a very creative way to learn new information.  When the child finishes a lapbook, they have something they are proud of to show to their friends and relative.

Can I Do Lapbooking?

Yes, anyone can do lapbooking! But not all lapbooking kits are created the same. Some are harder than others to figure out. If you like flipping through mounds of paper to find the study guide section, and then flip through more papers to find which booklet goes with it, and then flip through more papers to find the assembly instructions for the booklet, well then we may not be for you.

Our lapbooks are not designed to be shuffled through. Most people find shuffling through a bunch of papers not only time consuming, but frustrating and confusing. Word is from lapbook lovers that A Journey Through Learning’s lapbooks are by far the best designed on the market. How are our lapbooks different?


Notice the study guide page… and then beside it the template page? The template page is also where you will find the cut-out and assembly instructions and also the booklet placement. This is a unique format created by A Journey Through Learning. No one else creates lapbooks this concise. Our design not only takes the busy work out of lapbooking, but it also gives newbies the courage to jump right in! Give us a try! You’ll be glad you did.

Lapbook Supply Storage Ideas

One question I get asked frequently is:

How do you store all your lapbook supplies?

For our family, I just managed to accomplish this.  First I purchase a little green caddy.  I then decided what supplies would be most useful in there.


I chose to add:

  • scissors
  • pens and pencils
  • glue sticks, bottle of glue and sticky dots
  • glitter pens, as there wasn’t room in my supply organizer
  • tape dispenser



Below are a few of the ideas I had submitted when I asked on Facebook what other do to store their lapbooking supplies.

Missy wrote: “I have a small tote that has pockets going around it. Each pocket has things like glue, crayons, pencils, brads, glitter etc. And in the middle are our two bigger items – stapler and pencil sharpener. I also use a hard pencil case for stickers. And to store our in progress lapbooks I use a plastic 12×12 scrapbook envelope to hold the folders and any loose items (I bought these at the craft store for $1).”

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Patty wrote: “We use binders with cardstock to hold our lapbooks instead of the folded file folders. It stores better for us. I store the uncut minibooks in clear page protectors, sometimes we cut them out as we go, Normally I’ll cut out a set at at time. To keep all the completed mini-books together I use a zippered “Pencil Pouch” that fits right in the binder. Then when we are ready to assemble, all are right there–nothing is ever lost!”

Paula of AJTL wrote: “one neat thing we do for storing the lapbooks themselves is to use the duct tape on the sides and put in a notebook.”

Lapbooking with Special Needs Children~the benefits

Lapbooking has great benefits for many children, and I fully believe nearly every special needs child can greatly benefit too.

Reasons it can help special needs children are:

  • engages both side of the brain while, coloring, folding, cutting and gluing.
  • less writing then typical worksheets
  • much more engaging then worksheet, as there is short written answers, cutting, pasting and more involved.
  • able to be used more interactively for review

Lapbooking also increases the parent/child interaction.  Sometimes with special needs children, we need positive ways to interact together.  Lapbooking can create these opportunities.

Below you can see what friends from Facebook had to say about using lapbooks in their homeschool with their special needs children.

Stephanie says:

“I have a son with SPD and Reflex non-integration disorder. Fine motor skills are really tough. Often I have the whole lapbook assembled before we start the unit. From there he can glue in answers where appropriate whether they are supplied or I type them up. He feels very proud of his lapbooks because they express his knowledge without stressing the fine motor issues he faces.”

Heather  says:

My slower learner and my child with memory problems are better able to remember and tell others about information we have learned by lapbooking. The act of crafting while learning and remembering gets both sides of the brain working! :) Love lapbooks!

Carol says:

My son learns information so much more quickly when putting together a lapbook because it isn’t just something I am telling him to remember, but it is something he can see and feel and interact with. And, if he needs a quick refresher, he can go back and look at it again. We just started using them over the summer and I am looking forward to incorporating them into school this year.


Jen says:

Lapbooks are perfect for the tactile learner, totally hands on and the children feel ownership of their learning when they put the items on the folders in such an artistic way using them over the summer and I am looking forward to incorporating them into school this year.

Nicole wrote:

“Yes! My children require repetition, different presentation of materials, as well as hands-on experience for a full learning experience. Using lap books helps us achieve this.”


Jennifer wrote:

“My children love it. It gives them something to do with their hands while I read to them. Plus they love going through them again and they need that repetition.”

Are you using lapbooks with your special needs children?  What are the benefits you have seen?