People have asked me what the difference is between the free lapbook templates that you can download and the unit-study lapbooks that you can buy. While some lapbook creators have been extremely generous to offer a full unit as a free download, many of the free downloads contain only templates. You study the subject on your own, and download the templates to cut and paste into the lapbook. These are very useful for many subjects, and I have gratefully downloaded a number of them.
The difference, however, between those and lapbook unit studies purchased from places like Knowledge Box Central, Homeschool Legacy, and Amanda Bennett's Download 'N' Go is that the unit studies contain what you need to teach that unit. The unit study itself takes the place of a textbook, or complements a textbook. They usually include book suggestions and links for more information, which I find very helpful. I am using these types of studies more and more in our homeschool. I will be explaining more about how we are implementing these in future posts. For now, I wanted to share our Ancient Egypt Mini-Lapbooks from Knowledge Box Central. KBC offers a full lapbook (3 folders) and a mini-lapbook, which both contain the same unit study. There is also a Who's Who in Ancient Egypt Booklet and Notebooking Pages for Ancient Egypt. I purchased all of these in a bundle with similar resources for Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, and Colonial America. My 9th-grade son (who has NO interest in doing lapbooks whatsoever) used the high-school level notebooking pages, while my other three kids made the mini-lapbooks. Rather than taking time to do the full lapbook, we decided to do mini-lapbooks for each of these unit studies, and then put them all together. We were all able to use the same unit study, along with several library books we had checked out on Ancient Egypt, and do the unit together.
Here are our mini-lapbooks:
Click to download this cover to use with your own lapbook of Ancient Egypt. Personal Use only. Elements from "Temples and Tombs" digital scrapbook kit by Scraps-N-Pieces, "Landmarks" by Albums to Remember, and "A Touch of Egypte" by Efie, all S4H/S4O friendly.
The World History Ebook Package is, as of this date, on sale for $46.00, which is a fantastic deal for 13 lapbooks with unit studies plus several other resources. Click on image for more information.
Happy Lap-booking! :-)