This is one of my favourite lapbooks for many reasons.
My 5 y.o started this literature-based lapbook on ocean-related themes around Nov '09 in the Bright Minds Lapbookers class with other Age 5.5 to 7 years old kids.
After the five 75 min (1 hr 15 min) lessons, we expanded the lapbook as part of our homeschooling activities. We probably added another 6 to 8 hours worth of learning, excluding time spent on additional crafts.
During this lapbooking class, the kids were exposed to a wide range of thinking questions, problem solving scenarios and tasked to challenge the unknown by drawing on existing knowledge (what they learnt in this and previous lapbooks) and applying it to the new situations.
After this lapbook, I knew the kids in the class are ready for more challenges. So in Term 2/2010 that starts in April, the duration of the class will be extended to 1 hr 30 min. The additional time will provide opportunities for the kids to work in pairs or groups of 3 to conduct thematic experiments, observations and carry out research work!
Till the next update....