Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lapbook Insanity

Back in the summer, my American Heritage Girls co-coordinator and I decided it would be a brilliant idea to make lapbooks this year for all the new members. The first award that a new girl gets is called her Joining Award, and there are about 10 different requirements necessary to earn the award. We talk about all of them during troop meetings, but we thought it would be awesome for them to have a hands-on tool for learning and as a keepsake item.

So for the last month, we've been mulling over ideas, doing some stapling of books—generally being rather lackadaisical about getting these done. And then all of the sudden, I had to kick it into high gear because, of course, I'm a procrastinator, and the meeting that we set as our goal is suddenly today. (OK, actually, it was originally 2 weeks ago, but it was easy to move it to this week.)

I've spent a great part of the past two days frantically printing, adjusting, folding, and assembling 15 lapbooks. We wanted to present a ready-to-assemble lapbook to each new girl, so that she just has to cut, glue, write, and decorate.

I finished last night about 10:30, and I think they turned out great. The real test will be when the girls start putting them together. Hopefully I didn't forget to include some vital component. Here is my finished product that Laurel and I made for a sample:




The girls get a folder with directions to each individual component. The blank books are already put together; they'll just have to cut out and glue the text and pictures and do some writing and coloring of their own.

{Update: I am getting lots and lots of requests on this from Pinterest. If you would like all the files for this lapbook, please send me an email: shc (dot) small (at) gmail dot com. I am happy to share!}

15 comments:

  1. Wow, Aunt Sarah-thanks for linking me to your blog!

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  2. That looks great. You know me and lapbooks. I love em! I cant imagine having to cut and fold stuff for that many though! mercy! what a bunch of work. But hey, that lapbook looks wonderful YOu did a great job!

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  3. Wow, those look wonderful!! You did a great job and you're not the only one who procrastinates. I like to think that some of my best work is done at the last minute - under immense pressure and stress :)

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  4. I LOVE this idea!!! Wish I'd seen it/thought of it a year ago BEFORE our new Troop Kickoff last fall. But I think we'll try to get it ready for September, our second year...

    (p.s. just sent you an email too...)

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  5. OK, can't find your email address on your blog. I would love a link (or file) for this lapbook!! We are starting a new troop this year in our city and it would be great for all the new girls! Thanks!
    trulyrich at gmail dot com

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  6. This is great! My daughter, a Pathfinder, LOVES lapbooks. I looked under resources on the AHG website but couldn't find it. Do you still have a link available? Thanks!

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  7. Suzanne--send me an email at shc (dot) small (at) gmail and I will send you all the forms!

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  8. I would love the file on the lapbook. jenn@premier.newsouth.net

    Thank you

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  9. We've used these now for 2 AHG years, and LOVE them, thank you for the design work you put into these.

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  10. Would you please share the AHG lapbooks file with me. Pmbump@charter.net

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  11. Would you please share the lapbook with me? I am helping to start a new troop and would love to use this. ejdriscoll19@gmail.com

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  12. Please share the lapbook with me!! clarkdnk@comcast.net Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!

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  13. Just chartered our AHG troop. Our first meeting is in September. Could you send this lap book to me? Thanks. sjsims721@yahoo.com

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