FREE Shipping on all our products! Click to see details. (Yes, we are still shipping on 07/9)


Your Cart is Empty

The Ultimate How-to Guide for Narration, Notebooking, and Writing for Homeschool Science

June 29, 2020 2 min read

Learn how to narrate, notebook, and write for homeschool science.

Writing for homeschool science - what should it look like? How much is too much? And how do you know if you are doing it right? 

We have shared a lot about science writing, or record-keeping as we like to call it, over the years. It's the third key to teaching science, so it's definitely important to understand.

That's why we wanted to gather all those tips into one easy-to-find place!

In this how-to guide, we'll explore the concepts of narration and notebooking, which are our preferred methods of record-keeping for science. We trust that these tips and tools will help you master writing for homeschool science!

Let's dig in...

The Ultimate How-to Guide for narration, notebooking, and writing for homeschool science

Are you struggling with writing in science for your homeschool? This how-to guide will help you understand what, why, and how to record what you are learning in science.

Writing in Science

Writing is the third key to teaching science. You can read more about your options for writing and why it is one of the keys here:

No matter what kind of writing you have your students do, they will progress through stages as they develop their writing skills. To learn about these stages, check out the following two podcasts:

And finally, before you have your students write down a word, be sure to always discuss the materials that they read.

Notebooking and Narration

When it comes to our preferred method of writing, let's start at the beginning:

Now that you understand what notebooking is, you'll want to see why we recommend notebooking over worksheets:

Once you understand the fundamentals of notebooking, it's important to dig deeper into what narration really is. After all, pictures are important, but the narration is the heart of what the student has learned from the lesson. Because narration is so different at the beginning from the typical regurgitation of random facts, there are lots of "how-to" questions surrounding narration. Here is a post addressing the top five questions:

And here is a podcast that gets to the core of the narration issue:

And since narration usually goes hand-in-hand with reading aloud, don't miss these five sanity-saving tips for reading aloud to your kiddos.

After you have a handle on narration, it's time to get started with notebooking. These steps will help you do just that:

As you become more comfortable with notebooking, you can check out these articles to help those skills develop:

And with all these tips and tools in your homeschool-teacher belt, you'll be ready for writing in science.

Wrapping it up

Writing in science is a key part of our overall plan for teaching science and we trust that this ultimate how-to guide will help you succeed with this key for teaching science!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Elemental Science Blog

The Periodic Table - A Brief Explanation of one of the Foundations of Chemistry

June 15, 2020 5 min read

The periodic table visually shows the elements. It is a key concept we need to share with our students, but which table is the right one - click "Read More" to find out.

What should elementary science look like in our homeschool?

May 18, 2020 5 min read

Get a peek at what elementary science should look like in a homeschool. You will learn your goals and the tools you can use, along with how to put it altogether.

Are you wondering what science should look like for the elementary kiddo? Click "Read More" to learn the goals and tools for elementary science in your homeschool.

30 Tips you can listen right now to help you with science in your homeschool {Season 6 Recap}

May 11, 2020 5 min read

For season 6 of The Tips for Homeschool Science Show, we shared 3 tips to help you with science in your homeschool. Click "Read More" to binge listen to all 10 episodes right now!

Join Us