Time Constraints and MiniBooks

Sometimes in a classroom it can be hard to commit yourself to doing a whole lapbook.  There’s the cost, of course (not that manila folders are all that expensive, but it does add up), but more than that, there’s the time commitment.  And as carefully-thought-out as your lesson plan may be, there will always be something that takes longer than you thought, or that needs explaining more than you expected, or simply interruptions that you didn’t plan on.  (Such as the student who threw up in the middle of the classroom floor….)

Sometimes a lapbook that was supposed to be finished in a week hasn’t gone home for almost a month.  Sometimes pieces somehow get lost and lapbooks end up incomplete.  Sometimes I just can’t think up enough original elements to make a whole lapbook.

More and more in the past few weeks, I’ve been doing individual minibooks and sending them home with the kids the same day.  One of our favorites is the Flip-Flap Book  , a version of the Shutterfold minibooks.  We do a four flap book, so the folds are really simple, which means that little hands can do them on their own (and I save a TON of time!).  Half sheets of colored paper make fun little books to record the day’s vocabulary words; the English word goes on the outside, and the Spanish word and a picture go on the inside.  Read more