Issac and I have been doing more lapbooks this last year and it seems to work well for for him. He likes being able to give out short amounts of information and the mini booklets are just perfect for that. Even though he's starting fifth grade he still struggles with writing. He's a big guy, but his hand strength isn't that great and it causes lots of issues with his writing. I typically write in the booklets for him because he often writes so large and he gets frustrated fitting in what he wants to say. I downloaded the book and looked through to see if I wanted to pre-print all the booklets. I decided that since there was basically one page to read and one booklet per section that I didn't need to prep this time. Issac gets bored if he's left sitting too long while I cut booklets, but these were super quick to cut and didn't take much time. I really enjoy lapbooking because you can get as detailed as you want. There is typically a question for each booklet and I usually ask Issac the question and just write what he tells me. If it's just putting in dates or something that doesn't require much writing than he'll do it. He really enjoyed the surprise word search when we were reading about WWII. The nice thing about An Overview of the 20th Century is that we are touching on lots of different topics, but it's not done in an overwhelming manner. We have a page to read the basic information and then a little booklet to do. I have to admit that I've really been enjoying doing this lapbook. Often when we are studying history we are just given lots of dates and not so much fun information. A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks is given us lots of interesting information. We've been working through the following areas :
Here are some of the facts that Issac and I found interesting:
When we were reading about the Great Depression there were some recipes included in the study. We decided we'd try one and see what we thought. We were having stew one night, so decided to try the Poor Man's Bread with our dinner. Here is the recipe:
Issac got really excited when he was me cooking these because he thought we were having pancakes for dinner!! I told him they did look like that, but we were having poor man's bread. It was probably the most tasteless thing I've eaten if you ate it alone. We added butter since we were having it with dinner and it helped a little. I can't imagine eating something that has no taste all the time like that. Ironically every piece was eaten, so I guess it ultimately wasn't too bad.
My husband was born in 1959, so Issac was excited to read about the 1950's. Issac hadn't heard of any of the shows that we read about. He did think it was cool that Matchbox cars were made near the time of when his dad was born.
One thing I really like about lapbooks is that there aren't many materials you need. Here is basically what you need:
You can also check out library books to further delve into the different topics. If you want to just read the page given here and do the mini booklets that's good too. A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks has given us the basic tools to complete An Overview of the 20th Century and it's up to us how we decide to go on the journey. If your interested in checking out all the products they have to offer follow them on their social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. The crew reviewed the following lapbooks, so there will be lots of different thoughts and looks to how the lapbooks were put together.