As we have done more lapbooking, I have found that we are typically working on more then one lapbook at a time. In order to do this, you have to keep both you and your children from being overwhelmed and you have to stay organized.
In our home, we are rarely working on just one lapbook at any given time. In fact, right now we are working through five. My older two children work on them for a lot of their “bookwork” time, rather then workbook pages for Geography, Science and History.
I assign different pages to each child and they work through them through the week. I find that they actually enjoy helping each other with the different pages, so both are learning the same information. I don’t have both do the same lapbook, rather they each do a different one or one does five pages of part of one and another does another five pages.
You Found a Code: Maria
Each child has a pocket folder for each subject they have a lapbook for. Each week I place the pages of each lapbook to be completed in the appropriate pocket folder.
The pocket folder is then placed in the correct hanging file folder in their school boxes.
The completed pages either go in a large zip lock baggie and then placed in their school boxes in the correct subject hanging folder, or in their pocket folders.
I keep the pages that are not in their pocket folders in a file folder that are then placed into a small file box.
I also lapbook with my younger crowd, much the same way, but I am there working with them.
Having a place for all our supplies, pages and such really helps give up more time for learning and lapbooking.
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:
- 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).”
You Found a Code: Chris
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.”