Creating a Lapbook

Lapbooking is one of the neatest ways to teach. Just be sure to remember that the whole lapbook is not to be completed in one day-take several days to do the mini-booklets, store them in a Ziplock bag and once it is completed, then assemble it in your lapbook base.

The places I visit most often/purchase from, are listed below-but it is certainly not all there is available.  You'll have to do some research to find what best suits your tastes/family needs.

Since the following help sites do a great job showing how to assemble one-I have not added the details here.  Be sure to check out the tabs on my page that highlight the lapbooks we have made for more ideas.

Disclaimer note: for most of my lapbook suggestions not directly linked to an individual company's site [like on this page] that I,  Sheri Hagemann am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

If you are new to lapbooking, here are some great sites
 to visit to get the "gist" of it:

Great sites to go to for free lapbooks:

Homeschool Share
Lapbook Lessons
Homeschool Helper
Heart of Wisdom Free Lapbooks Listing

Great sites for lapbook kits to purchase:

Hands of a Child
Homeschool in the Woods
Knowledge Quest
Journey Through Learning
Currclick (just search lapbooks)
Live and Learn Press
These are great starter lapbooks and
offers many historical era tie-ins! Love these:
Evan-Moor History Pockets

Sites to get components to create lapbooks:

Enchanted Learning

Excellent site for purchasing pre-folded lapbooks/binder strips, 
and spiral bound books:

Pear Educational Products
may no longer be available-sorry

Books to help you create lapbooks:

Big Book of Books by Dinah Zike

The Ultimate Lap Book Handbook by Tammy Duby and Cyndy Regeling

How to make an Envelope Lapbook

After watching Dinah Zike demonstrate a few lapbook envelopes on a free DVD I got when I won her book....I was hooked. I looked thru her Big Book of Books and Activities on how to make this, then did it for myself. 
Instructions:  (I am missing the photos-once I relocate them I will add them.  Hope you can figure this out without them-sorry)

You will need some manila mailing envelopes-depending on the size you need (totally up to you) I bought the ones with the clasps-but I recommend the non-clasped ones (you can add Velcro dots to open/close the flaps that way)-oh well, live and learn.
I only wanted two for this-but am sure you could add more.

Fold both in half- end to end, not end to sticky flap part. Cut down to the inch point only [I will call this envie A], down the center fold line on either end. On the other envie [I will call envie B]- you need to draw a line down the middle to cut, but stop short of one inch to the end parts. You will need a blade to cut it, a board to slip into the inside so you don't cut thru both sides of it-thick cardboard will work if you don't have a small cutting board to use.  So you will have one envelope with 2 cuts on either end (one inch down) of the middle fold, and one cut down the center to just before the one inch mark to the ends. Then fold envie A into a hot dog fold (longways in half-but do not crease, you just need to have it squeeze thru the open section of Envie B) so gently fold it. Put it thru so that opposite end goes in first (IE: the sticky tab parts/closure flap will be at either end). Now you can close it over to make the book. You will have one section (first part when you open it) that is a 2 sided, non-opening section.  Then you will have one end with an opening to put some goodies, the middle area to put stuff, then the other end actually will have one pocket with 2 divisions-so you have another pocket with 2 sections to stuff some more goodies. I decided to put some ribbon on either end to tie it shut. So I took some handy dandy (small) brads, punched the puncher (1/8" point) thru the ribbon and envelope to make the hole, then secured the brad with the ribbon (you could use bigger brads-but the tiny ones look nicer). I have this stuff b/cuz I am a scrapper-if you don't, then you could secure it by hot gluing it or making a larger hole and running the ribbon thru to knot it at the envelope end (so you still have a longer end to tie the bow), use a rubber band around the whole thing instead or do nothing at all. I also decided to fold the sticky flap part into the pockets and seal them down-I am not concerned with stuff falling out, and I don't want the boy using the prongs b/cuz I am afraid he'll end up ripping that seems the best solution for this situation-no fold over flaps to lock the pockets.

Then add the title cover, and any other mini-bookelets, pictures, etc. one wants to for their mini-envelope book. This is a good choice for smaller unit studies.  If I used larger envelopes, then I would have more space to add the material we cover.  So I hope this is kinda understandable.  By looking at the pictures under the Chopin section, I think it will make more sense.  

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