Now that we are homeschooling (or home educating, as it’s more commonly called here in Scotland) there are lots of ways to record our interests and what we investigate. One of the popular ones amongst homeschoolers are lapbooks: It’s a really simple way to collect information together and present it attractively (as well as provide lots of paper cutting and gluing time)…
We began our lapbook journey by using a template from Creative Learning, to celebrate the arrival of Robert & Rupert, our resident boar guinea pigs.
And we added a base made from sign board material called “Correx” or “Coroplast” and then built some drawers for the base, so we have a lot of storage for all their food, hay, bedding and newspapers. It’s called Piggingham Palace.
Although there was a lot of writing that Wee Bear is not yet ready for, we learned all about their life cycle, the kind of food they like best, the names of pups, boars & sows etc. She even drew portraits of our two boys. It’s since been doodled and and filled in rather randomly but I have a feeling we both like having these kind of ‘books’. So far she’s asked to make lots of lapbooks on subjects that randomly cross our path and the fabulous thing is, we can. Whatever she finds interesting, we can investigate. If something is boring, we won’t. I can hear some of you saying “we all have to do things that are boring” but just think: how much of the stuff that you crammed into your brains because you *had* to in school is still there? Did it encourage you to study, investigate, communicate with random passers by or shopworkers about your current project? No?
Education is to light a fire, not fill a bucket. (W.B. Yeats)