Hey, you all! It's the Sassafras twins back for another superiffic sassy-sci post!
Well, actually it is not really us - we are just here to introduce Paige's post because we are totally swamped right now.
We are super busy reading over the proofs of volume 3! We are checking them for accuracy and reliving the botany leg of our journey - which you guys are going to love!!
Tracey will be sharing more about the book next time, but for now, our author is coming back to the blog today to answer the question - what is notebooking?
Thanks, Blaine and Tracey for having me back to share more about one of my favorite subjects - notebooking! As you guys already know, we prefer to use notebooking over worksheets in our homeschool.
This is because in notebooking the students are not merely regurgitating facts. They are thinking about what they have read or heard and responding with what they have found to be meaningful.
I have found notebooking to be an extremely effective tool that over time teaches students how to process and release information.
Notebooking is a method of interacting with and recording the information that students are learning.
At its core, notebooking has two key components:
Both are equally important since they each engage different parts of the students' brains.
The material component of notebooking contains the information the students have learned. It should contain:
You can obtain this information from the students by asking open-ended questions like:
These questions will help the students formulate a record of what they found to be meaningful.
If you want the students to document specific information, you can ask them leading questions. These answers will help them to plan out the desired response before they write it down on their notebooking page.
Essentially, the material component is a written record of the facts the students have studied.
The visual component of notebooking displays a picture of the concept the students have studied.
The students can:
They can look at the internet or in encyclopedias for these images. The key is to have the students use an illustration that relates to the information they have written down.
At its core, the visual component is a visible representation of the information the students have learned.
However, how you arrange the two components of notebooking is up to you and your students. The key elements can be displayed through:
However you choose to utilize notebooking methods in your homeschooling, the material and visual components will help to solidify the information in the students' minds.
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