I needed a “WHY” to get started.
Why should we notebook? What benefits does it have?
Well, I can point you in 100 different directions and recommend you read other people’s books, eBooks, (that’s what I did…I read, a lot…and I’m still reading…and I recommend you do, too)….but, for now, I want to keep this simple.
Notebooking provides you with an amazing opportunity to combine subjects, allow your children ample opportunity to be creative and learn to write without an oppressive atmosphere. To top it off, their memory retention will increase..in ways you can not imagine!
OK…I know…you might be scratching your head: combine subjects? HOLD the phones….how and why?
Let’s take a look at History – that is a favorite subject in our home.
Before I begin reading from one of our living books, I will skim through it, identify certain aspects about the book:
- What new words does the book introduce
- who are the main characters
- what is the time-frame
- are geographical locations mentioned (ie: country, state, mountains, lakes, etc)
- anything that is ‘new’
And I begin a quick ten minute search….
I look for previously made notebooking pages for those topics (if you remember, my son prefers lapbooking mixed with notebooking, while my daughter prefers lapbooking, I will also include a search for lapbooking materials for the same concepts.)
When my search is complete….I have a compilation of many different ways to help my children learn. (If I did not find what I wanted, I begin creating something I want them to use).
As I sit and read, they listen. They can doodle, draw, build with Lego’s, color or begin writing on the pages I have printed and/or created for them. (I do ask that they write down words they do not understand, I’ll ask them to write down a place such as a town or geographical location such as a bog so that we can research those later)
After reading for about 20-30 minutes, we break and then….comes the fun part of writing down what we have learned. We begin the process of notebooking. The children may decide to find the definitions for the new words they wrote down. We may begin a nature study based on a new geographical location (like a bog) or we may even have a new animal or plant to discover….eventually, we tie it all together. The historical figure, the physical location, nature studies, new words….and mixed in all of that, we have been learning how to write with proper grammar (all based on the level of skill for each individual child).
It isn’t always easy. It’s an old way of learning…..but, it’s new to many of us.
Do you use notebooking/lapbooking in your homeschool? If not, are you ready to begin?