Have you ever tried notebooking with your older students? Carrie is always posting about how she incorporates notebooking into history and science for her daughter, who will be going into high school next year!
What is notebooking?
Notebooking is essentially keeping an educational journal. The finished product is almost like a personal art journal and scrapbook! Your child writes down what he/she has learned in their studies and creates a notebook page about what they have just read about.
The notebooking pages can include written narrations, copywork of poems or quotes, timelines, mini reports, lists, observations, drawings, maps and or printed photos. It is a personal reflection of what they have learned and what they got out of their lessons.
How do you notebook?
Notebooking can be done in a spiral notebook, but is easiest kept in a 3 ring binder so you can add and take away and move things around as needed.
There are many FREE and affordable notebooking pages available to print online. You can use these templates to start notebooking with any subject or use blank pages and fill them with your own words, drawings, thoughts etc… I prefer the templates as it helps give my children a place to start. We like the ones with the spots for drawing and writing.
I love this post from Harmony Art Mom:
Notebooking with Living Books for Highschool or Don’t Kill a Living Book!
Read how notebooking saved Carrie’s homeschool:
Why should your older students notebook?
Here are some great articles on this very topic from Harmony Art Mom:
Top 5 Reasons to Use Notebooking Pages in Highschool
Notebooking for Highschoolers Squidoo Lens
Here is another great article from The Notebooking Fairy:
Is Notebooking Useless Busywork or Real Learning?
Here are some of our favorite Notebooking FREEBIES for older students:
The Notebooking Fairy has these fabulous pages:
- Timeline Notebooking Pages
- Vocabulary Study Notebooking Pages
- Character Analysis Notebooking Pages
- Graphic Organizing Pages for Essay Prewriting
- Scientist Notebooking Pages
- Book Report Notebooking Pages
This is a great article for Using Notebook Pages to Write an Essay Using the Institute for Excellence in Writing System
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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