Friday, July 19, 2013

Are you doing cultural studies at home? Teach children to capture their knowledge and create a lasting memory of their studies with a simple lapbook.
A China Lapbook for Elementary School
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Why a Lapbook?

China Lapbook - organizing culture study information for students in grades 1-3
My daughter and I spent more than a month in a virtual journey of China, and I really wanted to collect some of our projects together and have a memory of this month. Smarty cooperated, but she didn’t have any concept of lapbooks before we put this one together, and I cannot claim that she was very enthusiastic about it. Once we were done, she was certainly pleased with the end product and said that she wanted to share it in school. I am hoping that there are more lapbooks in our future if we do another in-depth country study like the one we did with China.

Making a Lapbook Cover

Since China is famous for its first fireworks, we chose to paint fireworks on the cover of our lapbook in traditional Chinese colors of red and gold. Smarty enjoyed using q-tips as her painting instrument.

What’s Inside?


The first flap of the lapbook is a short “world fact card” of China from Making Friends and a mini-book on Chinese inventions based on Look What Came from China book that we read. Smarty chose to include rugs, porcelain vases, compass, dominoes, chopsticks and fireworks. The middle part of the book is a map of China and collection of photos (selected and printed from Internet) – Smarty chose Terracotta Warriors, The Great Wall, rice growing field, and The Forbidden City.

Porcelain vase was also on our China activities list. It was a lot of fun to do, but clearly daughter didn’t follow the rules of less is more or quit while you are ahead :) We added strips with our favorite China bucket list activities to the back of the lapbook, and now we have this fun memory of our summer virtual trip to China.

Your Turn

Do you do lapbooks with your children? How old were they when you started and how much they do independently (I had to do most of planning and prep for this one).

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hey said...

We do journals and projects but have not tackled the lapbook approach.

The cover of Anna's book is quite beautiful!


Phyllis said...

I like lapbooks more than my boys. We don't do too many. I like her cover very much, and her vase.

Desiree said...

I love lapbooks, my kids, not so much. If it's a subject they are excited about they like them more. But, when it comes to actually making them I end up having to do most of the cutting and prep.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

We have never made lapbooks, but your post makes me want to try - for the first time, actually. I love the way this one turned out! I am also impressed with Anna's fireworks painting!

Linda Sears said...

She's done a great job :)
We like doing lapbooks around here, they really reinforce the learning we've done on our units.

Ticia said...

I'm in Phyllis' boat, I like lapbooks more than my kids. I've figured out it works best to only do lapbooks for one or two things really, or they get annoyed.

Carrie said...

What a nice activity and a great way to have the resource for later use. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

lkgmita said...

This turned out beautifully! I have never tried making a lap book with my son, though I may try when he is a bit older. Thanks for sharing at the Culture Swapper!

Frances Evans said...

Great post! We just returned from a trip abroad and this will be great to do with my 5 yr. old. Thank you for sharing at the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #6.

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