Are you a fellow notebooker? I love it! If you are new to notebooking, you can watch a neat video explaining it here at Notebooking Pages. com. Instead of completing worksheets and tests to show me what they’ve learned, my children tell me on a notebooking page. They may record our results from a science experiment, write about a Biblical event, plot paths on maps, or even illustrate a hymn or psalm we are learning. We keep maps and pamphlets from our field trips and save examples of copywork. Everything goes in our notebooks as a beautiful record of what we are learning.
Our notebooking journey began as we studied science this year following a Simply Charlotte Mason course entitled 106 Days of Creation Studies. The children were to record our findings and studies in a Creation Notebook. I noticed that they loved this time in our day. After a long morning of workbooks, worksheets, answering questions, matching, and multiple choice, the kids were thrilled to do science in the afternoons! I also noticed that they wanted to show family members their Creation Notebooks. They were so excited about what they’d learned and how they had recorded it! We didn’t have real “notebooking pages” then but instead used plain white computer paper…
I did some Googling and found there is a whole notebooking world out there!
Notebooking is not the same as lapbooking. Lapbooks just didn’t work for my big kids. They proved to be too time consuming and more work for me than the children! (And really, are there many 8-year-old boys who enjoy cutting and pasting?) However, we do sometimes include 3D mini books on our notebooking pages.
These are my top 3 reasons for notebooking:
3. Creativity! Multiple choice worksheets don’t exactly foster creativity… or deep thought. Fill in the blank tests don’t show what interests my children. Notebooking allows them to express their interests in the topics we study and write about what was most meaningful to them. They can dig deeper into specific topics, and they have to really think in order to write. They get to draw! 🙂 When the big kids make notebooking pages about the same topics, the pages never look the same! (Do worksheets and workbooks still have a place in our homeschool? You bet! We still use them for math, grammar, and spelling.)
2. A Record of Progress Do you ever have a day when you wonder if you’ve really taught your children much of anything? I go to the notebooks! They are a beautiful, physical representation of what we’ve accomplished this year– and not only of what we’ve learned and accomplished, but also how much the children have progressed and improved in their schoolwork. When we began notebooking back in the fall, the kids wrote one or two sentences. Now, they are running out of room for all of their thoughts and asking me for more pages!
1. Joy! I feel like notebooking brought joy into our homeschool! Before notebooking, things we studied that were supposed to be interesting and enjoyable just weren’t! Now the kids want to work… if notebooking is involved! 😉 Notebooking is fun!
You can find a notebooking page for almost any topic… from character qualities to nature studies, from states to composers… anything! And there are many blank templates, too!
These are great notebooking resources, and there are many more out there!