It’s that time of year again- time to start thinking about year-end assessments. In our home, we typically create homeschool portfolios. I love how a portfolio captures the entire school year for each student, and I love to showcase the various projects completed during the year. Personally, I love to include a couple lap books in our year-end portfolio. My children love lap-booking and I love that these projects become treasured keepsakes!
Today, I’m sharing some recent lap books that we have enjoyed. When you are finished reading, I’d love for you to share your favorite lap-booking resources.
How to Include Fantastic Lap Books in Your Homeschool Portfolio
*Disclosure: I received these À La Carte Projects from Home School in the Woods at no cost and was compensated for my time. I was not required to write a positive review. As always, all opinions are my own and I only share products that I would use with my own family and that I believe other families would enjoy.
The lap books that are featured in this post can be found in Home School in the Woods À La Carte Projects. Our family has used and enjoyed lap books from Homeschool in the Woods before and we love this company. (Check out our first review of Home School in the Woods here.)
À La Carte Projects from Home School in the Woods include fantastic lap books… and so much more!
Home School in the Woods is a family-run business, created by a homeschooling family of six. The products were created out of a desire to make history fun, hands-on, and accessible for young children. Home School in the Woods provides countless hands-on learning experiences and activities for children, including lap books, timelines, maps, drama, cooking, living books, and more.
Lap books are such a wonderful way to learn
I think, as busy homeschool mamas, we often have these fantasies about the projects and unit studies we would like to create and complete.
But then life gets in the way.
Sometimes, it is better to outsource a few of these projects and unit studies.
Of course, you can design your own lap books. And your children can design their own lap books. That said, I love the lap books and hands-on projects available through Home School in the Woods À La Carte Projects. We have used this site countless times before and we have always enjoyed ourselves.
I love the lap books from Home School in the Woods because they do much of the work for me, and therefore I am left with more space to enjoy learning alongside my children.
Here are just a few reasons why I love lap books:
- Lap books are inexpensive.
- They provide for hands-on learning.
- My kiddos love to create lap books.
- Lap books do not require crazy supplies. You can find everything you need at home.
- These lap books have fueled so much rabbit hole learning in our home!
- Lap books are a wonderful way to experience a unit study.
- The final product is hands-on, interactive, and beautiful.
- Kids can’t keep their hands off these lap books and that means they are constantly reviewing the information!
- You do not need to be Martha Stewart to assemble a lap book. They are super easy, I promise!
- Lap books make a wonderful addition to your year-end homeschool portfolio.
- Lap books can be used for any subject and with any age.
- These lap books encourage oral presentation of information because kids get so excited about their work!
- Lap books allow for children to cover a large amount of information in small, manageable chunks.
- Lap books help young children to work on cutting, pasting, and writing skills without feeling overwhelmed.
- These lap books make a beautiful keepsake!
- Above all, I love how proud my children are when they finish their lap books. Do you see that photo above? They are so incredibly proud!
The À La Carte Projects we selected from Home School in the Woods
À La Carte Projects from Home School in the Woods is a page that you will want to bookmark. It features a wide array of projects that include creative writing, 3-D crafts, games, timelines, lap books, and so much more. The best part? The page is updated with new content all the time!
Today, I am sharing a few of the lap books we have enjoyed in recent weeks:
- Literary Genres Lap Book Mini-Study
- The Orchestra
- The Trip West in a Covered Wagon
And stay tuned because we have these projects planned before the end of the school year:
Native Story Bag Lap Book Project
- Art Gallery File Folder Game
Each of the projects listed above is available through Home School in the Woods À La Carte Projects.
Literary Genres Lap Book Mini-Study
Recommended for grades 3-8, this lap book and mini-study on literary genres is a fantastic way for children to begin to learn about the world of literature. The lap book and included text are designed to help deepen children’s understanding of literary genres.
My 10-year-old bibliophile selected this project and he had an absolute blast. The lap book is getting a lot of exercise since its completion because my children “play” with it all the time! They just can’t keep their hands off the many flaps, pull-outs, and mini-books contained therein.
This lap book provides a hands-on look at how the orchestra has changed over time. With details about orchestra growth over time and the various instruments included in each era, your children will be absolutely delighted. This lap book is recommended for grades k-12.
My 8-year-old music lover completed this lap book. She absolutely adored learning about all of the various instruments and watching how the orchestra expanded over time.
The Trip West in a Covered Wagon
Recommended for grades 3-8, this lap book will take your children on a journey through the Wild West! If you have a kiddo obsessed with the Oregon Trail (like the fella you see below), this is the lap book for you!
My 6-year-old picked this one and I was not surprised. He loves to read about the Oregon Trail and play the Oregon Trail card game!
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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: What is your favorite thing to include in a year-end portfolio? Do you love lap books, too? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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