Notebooking and Lapbooking can appear to be a lot of work to someone. That work can also seem daunting when teaching little ones….especially those who are just beginning to read and write.
However, trust me when I say it truly is NEVER too early to begin Notebooking!
It is a wonderful way for a child to become engrossed in what they are learning. By providing them with hands on activities such as writing, copying,coloring, etc….you are helping them increase their muscle strength in their hands and in their minds!
For a Child Learning to Write
By utilizing notebooking and/or lapbooking you can integrate copywork specifically for their sweet little chubby hands. You know what I’m talking about…those little hands that are still chunky and soft in your hands….just before they lose the last of the ‘baby’ in them and grow strong and lean.
It’s a simple way to help a child grow in their knowledge, as well as empowering them.
For a Child Who Does Not Enjoy Writing
Yes, even littles….before they really know how to write may fall into this category. And that’s ok. No need to worry or become upset…. give them some crayons and let them become engrossed in coloring pictures based on the topic you are reading and learning about.
When they are finished coloring, turn the pages or print up something to write on. Have them narrate to you….and write it down for them. This way, you are bringing in an amazing opportunity of showing them that you, Mom or Dad, are willing to help and grow with them….you are teaching them to serve by serving them and you are setting the example by writing and showing them how to accomplish a task – even when you already know how to do it.
For a Child Who Can Not Read
Again, take the same thought process you had for writing. Worrying and becoming upset will only add to the frustration your little one may be experiencing. If they can sound out a few words, let them…then, you read what may be written on a page you are using in notebooking.
What Not To Do
Do not wait, do not think they are too little and do not become upset. Remember, homeschooling is a privilege, a joy and most of all, an amazing opportunity to build a relationship with your child. That relationship comes first. And placing that relationship first, when you sit and write, draw and giggle with your little one, you are also conversing with them. Research shows that our conversations with our children help grow their mental aptitude. Yes, you read that correctly. Remember, your children are at home, not sitting at a desk quietly waiting for someone to tell them what to think.
They are sitting, walking, running, hopping, skipping next to you – the amazing Mom that God gave the beautiful gift of a child to…..a little one to grow for His glory!
What a beautiful opportunity.
So, sit, run, hop, skip, sing…and work with them. Grow their minds and help them grow them for the purpose they were created for.
Take it slow and steady…..set the example and help them.
It will pay off in the end!