Study the Civil War – Lapbook Review for Homeschoolers


I received the American Civil War Lapbook in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.  This post may contain affiliate links.  If you click on a link and purchase an item, I will receive a small commission which will be used to run this blog.


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What is a Lapbook?

Good question. It’s the same question I asked a year ago!  A lapbook is a board, folder, etc where learning is recorded.  Basically, you break up your large unit into small individual projects, that when completed you organize into a display.  The lapbook can be as creative or non-creative as you want.  It can look any way.  The most important function is a way of hands on, self-directed learning that’s fun and interesting for the student.  Lapbooking is a more functional alternative to the boring text-book learning that takes place in more formal educational settings.

American Civil War Lapbook

My 6th grader loves history.  He loves learning about it, he loves retaining it, he loves…he loves…and he loves some more.  So when I got the opportunity to review this lapbook, it was a no-brainer.  I knew he was going to enjoy this project.  I was right.  When we received the American Civil War Lapbook, my 6th grader was eager to get started.

It’s a long but thorough lapbook – with over 25 interactive booklets and 4 file folders.  In the beginning, it was slightly overwhelming.  But the wide range of information, makes it a great month-long study.  When I thought about it, why rush.  Its better to take time to learn the material.

I was very pleased that I didn’t have to buy any supplies.  Yes, I didn’t have cute and fun file folders nor did I have colored paper – but manilla folders and white paper served me perfectly fine.  The lapbook is incredibly easy to use.  Everything you need is right there, minus the glue and decorations (if your child wants to decorate).  You print everything out (you can use blank ink as nothing is in color) and go.  You just cut out each individual booklet – as per the clearly worded directions – and your child is off, running and learning!


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The text is all included and well written, so if you don’t want to, you do not have to go seek out additional references.  But if you want to ise the library or teach your children to use the library, this would be a fantastic medium. The text is fairly general, so further research would help your child to develop a deeper understanding.

There is no prep besides printing out the lapbook – which is 69 black and white pages.

It’s pretty simple and easy.  For the most part, my 6th grader can take it on himself and run with it.

I really liked that the pages were blank.  Your child will have to come up with full sentences to answer the questions. I think it’s great grammar practice.


Notes on the Civil War Lapbook

I liked almost everything about this lapbook.  The one thing I felt was clunky are the instructions for each blooklet were on a separate page.  So, while you were cutting out one booklet, you had to go back and see what the child has to do.  For us, this made the child-led learning not as smooth s it could be.  I found myself always having to tell him what to do on each booklet, which was annoying.



More and more, I am loving unit studies for my kids.  They offer hands-on, self-directed learning – which – believe me – is very important to us.  To purchase this great history lapbook, go here.

About Lisa

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  1. what a great resource…know someone who would so use this. THanks. Stopping by from #MommyMondayBlogHop
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  2. doh…the whole stopping by comment was for the other blogs I visit…LOLOLOLOL…but did mean it was a cool resource.
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