Nowadays, we love notebooking! It sooooo much better than those boring worksheets we used to have to do.
Paige has shared about the basics of notebooking before, but here's a quick recap:
"Notebooking is a method of interacting with and recording the information that students are learning. At its core, notebooking has two key components - material content and a visual component. Both are equally important since they each engage different parts of the students’ brains."
Let's dive into twelve posts that will help you on your notebooking journey!
The Notebooking Fairy answers a common question about notebooking in this post. She says:
"You don’t want to nit-pick. But you want to have certain standards of excellence."
The rest of the article is filled with great tips for how and when to point out errors while notebooking.
Erin from the Usual Mayhem lays out her top reasons for using notebooking in her homeschool. And in the process, she inspires us to do the same. She says:
"As your child moves to more independent learning, notebooking helps them to put their thoughts in order and review what they have learned without you having to remind them constantly."
We love how Angela points out the simplicity of notebooking and shows us how this tool works in her homeschool. She says:
"I can’t really see how notebooking would not fit in with any particular style of homeschooling."
Think that notebooking is only for the elementary years? Think again! Barb at Harmony Arts Mom shares her top 5 reasons for using notebooking during the high school years. She says:
"Notebook pages give students a place to record what they know and what they found interesting from their reading. I always encourage my boys to go further as they find topics of interest. They learn research skills as they ask their own questions and then find the answers."
Danika from Thinking Kids helps you to determine if notebooking is right for you and inspires you to give notebooking a try through learning about some famous notebookers. She says:
"There are a lot of fads in education. However, notebooking has existed for a long time and been used by many successful, creative adults."
#6 - Notebooking 101
All the basics of notebooking are wrapped up into this post from Jamie at the Unlikely Homeschooler. She says:
"In its simplest form, notebooking is just journaling. It is a tool to compile and organize the written thoughts, opinions, discoveries, and experiences of an individual."
Paige explains what lapbooks and notebooks are and helps you to see which will work best for your students. She says:
"Both lapbooks and notebooks have a place in my teacher toolbox."
How do you get started with notebooking? These three easy steps will get you on the right path! Paige says:
"The best way to get started with notebooking is to learn more about it, to decide what you want to notebook about, and then try it out."
Worksheets have been a part of the education scene for years, so why use notebooking instead? This post will help you answer that question. In it, Paige says:
"I still appreciate worksheets as they have their place, but I have fallen in love with notebooking. I now understand how valuable it is to have a student narrate rather than respond with expected facts."
Notebooking can be used from preschool all the way up! In this post, Paige shares how you can tailor notebooking for the different ages. She says:
"Throughout the years, notebooking is a beneficial way to document what your students have learned in a way that is meaningful to them."
Your notebooking pages can get out of control! These seven tips will help you organize your notebooks. Here's a look at one of those tips:
"Keep a file folder for each subject and place the papers in there in order throughout the year. Then, hole-punch and file as you have time."
Figuring out what to put on your notebooking pages is another common struggle with notebooking. These three tips will help with that. Here's a look at one of those tips:
"I always recommend discussing what the students read before asking for the narrations that you will serve as the material component of their notebooking pages."
We trust that these twelve posts will help you as you wield the tool of notebooking in your homeschool! For even more ideas, check out our notebooking Pinterest board:
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