When we started using lapbooks in Kindergarten, I didn’t know if we’d continue using them throughout the years or if lapbooking would taper off. At one point I thought we’d transition solely to notebooking. But Sprite still enjoys making minibooks, so we haven’t given up lapbooks altogether. Sometimes we mix up lapbooking and notebooking, too.
Yesterday was a good example of another lapbooking transition. I asked Sprite how she would like to narrate her solar eclipse experience, and she chose making a lapbook.
To give her a bit of structure, I listed five questions she should address in some way:
1. What is a solar eclipse?
2. What are the stages in a solar eclipse?
3. How should you watch an eclipse?
4. What parts of China could see the eclipse?
5. What did you experience today, July 22, 2009?
She used newspaper clippings, blank minibooks that I’d already prepared, and her own creativity to devise with this simple lapbook.