Lead me, O Lord..(Psalm 5:8)
education: It was like a light just came on!
The biggest creative challenge in
making a lapbook is choosing a topic.
The topics you
choose must meet your
educational needs, be interesting and have sufficient amounts of
have great news for you. Between the internet, your school books and
your local libraries and bookstores most topics have all the
information you can use readily available.
use reliable resources only. Cross check your information with multiple
resources and known facts.
Teacher Nag Alert (TNA)
know you know this but it is worth saying....information on the
internet is NOT always reliable, truthful or useable. Cross check.
So how does one pick a
lapbook topic that is interesting? Here are a few ideas.
topics with your children
your school books for ideas, people, facts that are not covered in
or create a lapbooking group with other families then brainstorm
any field trips you do
movies, books your child is reading or games they are playing
- Do a
seasonal lapbook: Winter or Winter Holidays or Christmas movies
- Do a
lapbook on their favorite sport, team, or hobby
up an encyclopedia and randomly choose a topic
of the lapbook topic, the process of creating and completing a lapbook
uses many essential skills necessary for learning and comprehending a
a homeschooling mother one thing I want for my children is to teach in
a way that they learn whatever we are studying before advancing onto
Homeschool Point of View (HPV)
passing tests is the public school way of testing comprehension but it
doesn’t tell me what they (my children) know.
Tests tell me only what
they don’t know in a hit and miss fashion. It is feasible that a child
can know incredible amounts of information on a topic and still fail a
test. Put aside things like test anxiety and other influences in a
school setting it is still possible to know a subject and fail a test. It
all depends on what the teacher deems important.
The question I ask of
you here is, “What do you
deem important for your child to know about a topic?”
an appropriate topic is easier if you know what you expect them to
learn and the skills you want them to have when they go out on their
can reinforce a topic using skills in researching, writing, language,
art, typing, computer use and can branch into science, history and into
any other area necessary educationally speaking. What is important to
you that your child knows?
know you didn’t come to this page to find my HPV’s and TNA’s, you came
to get ideas on lapbook topics.
powerful but short list!
Note: Highlighted and
underlined topics have been expanded and will open in another page.
Lapbook topics Math
In the box above, I mentioned a
personal story on the topic of testing. Here it is.
my internship year for Medical Technology, I had an instructor who
wanted to make a point that is critically important for Medical
Technologists. The point was that a Technologist must read and follow
instructions. So when the instructor handed out the midterm exam she
made a point to stress
that we should read the instructions.
This exam was a midterm and to
the students meant an important exam.
The test looked just like all
the previous tests and we, the students set to working on it.
students who did not follow the instructions spent a lot of unnecessary
time working on an extremely easy test. The test being; can they follow
instructions. I don’t remember who passed or failed but I do remember
the teacher made her point which also makes my point.Tests are made and graded by what
the teacher deems important. It is not always what the student knows or
needs to know.
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