Episode 25: Lapbooks, Notebooks, or Unit Studies: Should I Use Them?

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“Lapbooks, Notebooks, or Unit Studies—Should I Use Them?” What are their benefits? Are they a good fit for your homeschool and your kids’ learning styles? Find out all about these tools from Christine Weller in Episode 25 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse®.


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Did you know The Canadian Schoolhouse is brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse®? The site is filled with resources, especially for Canadian homeschoolers (though it’s so good, homeschoolers all over will appreciate it!) Here’s a sample of what you’ll find on the site: “8 Science Activities to Do at Home This Summer.” Today’s host Christine Weller is on staff with The Canadian Schoolhouse.  

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