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The Homeschool Glossary
Section L

A Directory of Homeschool Terminology
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Lap Book™ (or Lapbooking)
This is a method of recording and tracking learning about a particular subject through the use of "foldables" which are then mounted and stored on file folders that have been refolded from a bi-fold form into a tri-fold form for better presentation.

The method was perfected by Tami Duby of Tobin's Lab (a company that sells homeschool products and supplies). See her free information and instructions on how to make Lap Books. In addition you can purchase her book, CD and DVD on the topic at Tobin's Lab. (See also "Notebooking" entry.)

Learning Style
Refers to the many different methods or styles that various individuals use to process information in order to learn. Traditionally, learning styles were thought to fall into three distinct categories: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual.

In other words, some people learn best by listening or talking, some by moving or doing, and others by seeing or watching. However, further research indicates there are a variety of learning styles in any number of combinations. It is thought that if you can assess a student's best learning style, then you can custom-tailor the teaching methods and materials to it, making learning interesting and relatively effortless for the student. For further information:

Leppert, Mary & Michael
Veteran homeschool parents and publishers of the FREE and all-inclusive homeschool newspaper, The Link. (See also The Link Homeschool Newsletter.)

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