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The power of the lapbook in teaching, what it is and what it is for

The ‘ Learning is a process that varies from child to child and evolves with its growth according to his abilities and also to stimulation of teachers receiving during his school life. But it can also be a way to develop and enhance creativity in children and young people who, once back home or struggling with homework, still have to manage and deepen the things they have learned on their own, in the most engaging way possible. The Lapbookbecomes a true ally in this process: it is a sort of interactive and three-dimensional map that is structured in a series of materials created by the student and which has an interdisciplinary character.

The power of the lapbook in teaching to learn more about the subjects was explained in the book ” My first lapbook ” (Eriksson) which describes in an exemplary way how to create one and how these tools can be useful not only to students but also to teachers. In fact, the latter can use them as a tool in the classroom to connect certain subjects together in a creative and dynamic way, so as to make their students passionate.

The lapbook is, in effect, a folder that collects other materials, often mini-books (also called mini-books) of variable format. A sort of conceptual map which, however, exploits the power of three-dimensionality to connect topics to each other or to deepen a specific subject or topic. The logic is that of the “folder”: the lapbook is a support that, when opened, unfolds the world of windows, insights and other compartments which, opening up, reveal a concept or a fundamental passage linked to that topic.

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Educating children to listen and pay attention

Today’s children no longer know how to listen. And to complain about the lack of ability to pay attention when talking and explaining are first of all the teachers, who from kindergarten , and then continue to primary , point the finger at a gap, that of concentration, on whose emptiness they should work first. the parents. Right from the walls of the house.

We talked about it with Matteo Rampin, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, author of the book How not to fail at school (Salani Editore), to let us reveal useful tips and tricks to be implemented immediately. Because a more attentive child learns sooner and better. Here they are, divided by age group.

  •  Turn off the television , or at least make use of it as limited as possible if you really cannot exclude it from the life of the little ones;
  •  Ensure the child the right amount of sleep at night and possibly in the afternoon, respecting the needs of each child (which are very variable from one to another);
  •  Avoid responding immediately to the requests of the little ones, but instead teach them to wait, to tolerate waiting; if you are unable to wait, you cannot keep your attention focused on something;
  •  Offer the children one toy at a time and when the child gets bored, avoid giving him another one immediately as an alternative, but leave him the first one in order to allow him to experiment with all possible uses. Basically, making sure that he himself discovers or invent other uses of the same toy. A room full of toys leads the little one to go continuously from one type of stimulus to another, without fully exploring the things of the reality that surrounds him. Better to rotate the child’s toys, put some away and take them out only when others have been put away with which he was playing until recently;

 Encourage activities with a strong rhythmic connotation, such as music , dance (even done just for fun), or walking in line marking the pace. The “rhythm” factor gives regularity to the mental organization.

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