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Nature Study – The Old Schoolhouse Review
Wow! Notebookers and Charlotte Mason fans pay attention! Here is a great resource for you. And for those who don't fit the above descriptions, you may very well like this, too. I think everyone from unschoolers to the classically minded could make good use of this nature-journal facilitating software. The first part of this computer CD contains a slew of nature notebooking pages. At the beginning there is a Nature Study Notebook Cover and suggestions for using the pages themselves, which are categorized in eight sections.
First comes the "7 Days of Creation," with several templates for journaling and illustrating. All of the pages that have writing space include pages with primary-style lines (with a dotted line between two solid lines) and pages with standard lines for older students.
Next is "All about Animals," which has six sub-sections: Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Invertebrates, Mammals, and Reptiles. Among the myriad options, there is a page for drawing animal tracks, an "observation jar" page for drawing little captive creatures, and lifecycle pages. The spider page has a place for sketching the web, and there is an arthropod page with a sectioned template for drawing the head, thorax, and abdomen. A nice feature found here and in the plant section is a "word bank" where specific terms are printed at the bottom of the page for student reference--good for building vocabulary and spelling skills.
The "Habitat" chapter is most comprehensive: arctic, beach, creek and pond, desert, forest, jungle, mountains, plains, prairie, rain forest, streams and rivers, rotting logs, savannah, sea and ocean, under a rock, underground, and yard. I especially like the last one, as that is a familiar and convenient habitat for children to explore! Rotting logs and under a rock sound like fun too.
The "Nature Log and Journaling Pages" are lined with "date," location," and "notes" column headings. There is a generic page and one for each season as well as various template pages with space for writing and drawing.
"Plants, Flowers, and Trees" come next. The flower pages have places for leaf and flower/petal detail. The tree pages have spaces to illustrate the bark, leaves/needles, and the flowers/fruit/nuts/cones. There is also a place for bark rubbings.
The last three sections are "Rocks and Minerals," which includes igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks as well as minerals; "Seasons"; and "Weather," with all kinds of daily, weekly, and monthly weather logs among other things. There is even a page for the water cycle.
Each section contains a cover page for separating each category and organizing your nature notebook. The template pages are most attractive, with beautiful illustrations and pleasing layout.
At the end of this Nature Notebooking half of the CD is a bonus section. It is an amazing assortment of nature-themed fun frames and borders. These could be used as additions to your children's nature journal or would be perfect for letter-writing or stories. The author also suggests using them for copywork and dictation. There are rainbows, birds, flowers, leaves, seashells, snowflakes, frogs, and butterflies to name a few. Some are black and white, most are in color and range from quaint to "cartoon-y" in style. In general, they lean toward "girly" in their appeal.
Whew! Okay, so now comes the second half of the CD, which is North American Birds Notebooking Pages. There are 680 notebook pages for 97 types of birds, and there are blank templates for adding other birds. Again, you will find both primary and regular-style line options for all the pages that have journaling space. Seven different page templates are available for each bird. Some are full-page illustrations for coloring. Where it applies, male and female species are shown. Many of the pages have a space for the common and scientific name. One template has a range map printed on it.
We usually school year-round, trying to plug in some fun stuff in the summer months along with the usual catch-up. I've added "Nature Notebooking" to my summer to-do list, and the kids are 100% behind me. I will also make sure we take pertinent pages (animals, habitats, birds, frames, and borders) with us on our family vacations from now on!
Julia in ON
Sandra Reade in New Zealand
Christine Hebert in MA
I use the floral copywork pages and the animal copywork pages for my children's handwriting assignments. They are well laid out and attractive and give the finished handwriting pages a nice look rather than just plain paper. Thank you for providing pretty and useful pages for others to use! You have saved me a great deal of time. I had tried to make pages similar to these before I found yours. I found it to be difficult to get a nice finished page that was symmetrical, so I really appreciate all your hard work.
Deanna Hatfield in NC
After almost a decade of homeschooling, I knew what I wanted our schooling to look like, but at the same time I knew it was looking less and less like my vision. When I discovered these notebooking pages, I decided to use the freebies offered to try it out with my children. They didn't really notice a difference at first, so I began substituting some of our "independent" work with more notebooking pages. I was so pleased with the outcome. My children were becoming masters of the material we studied!
I was sold! I purchased the Notebooking Pages Treasury during the Fall Sale and took advantage of the other bonuses offered. I asked for the Epi Kardia curriculum for Christmas and was again very pleased.
My children were not as optimistic as I was about starting "another new curriculum." I was so pleased yesterday to hear my oldest son comment, "Is this what we're going to do more of? This is really fun!" I am now spending time reading all those wonderful books with my children, exploring the volumes of creative notebooking pages for ways to express what we've learned, and sharing it all with excitement to Daddy when he comes home. What a blessing this has been for our family.
The key to our successful transition to notebooking was the wonderfully helpful emails that I received the first couple weeks after my registration on the website. Each email walked me through the process of incorporating these into our schooling. Without that I would have been too overwhelmed to know where to start. Instead it was an exciting process and a gradual (more permanent) transition.
Thank you again for blessing our family!
Chantelle Grubbs in Alabama
Though my daughter has always been a good student, she wasn’t an independent thinker when it came to learning, unlike her older siblings. She just read what she was told, answered questions at the end of a chapter, and took a test. Then we began homeschooling in 6th grade, now approaching the end of 7th grade, my daughter actually makes out her own schedule of what she wants to read and Notebook on, she has taken initiative in her own education. She now has an interest in History, Classical Music, Art, Literature, and chooses topics most kids wouldn’t.
Like you, I had preconceived notions of the “perfect” homeschool education. I spent a great deal of money our first year on material she never even used. Then when I discovered notebooking, we invested in paper, art supplies, a comb binder, laminator and a library card. She is a happier student, I am a happier mom.
I think Notebooking should be an educational law. I apologize for my lengthy reply, but I have become not only passionate about Notebooking, but a huge advocate. Your site is easy to navigate, and offers a wide variety of subjects and topics. Though we follow a Charlotte Mason style curriculum, Notebooking truly will work with any style or methods of teaching.
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Kim in Florida
Thanks for all your hard work, I'll be using these for years to come.
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Kolleen Heck in Florida
He did his thank you notes, and Christmas notes on your notebooking pages...I feel what we have done so far has been nicer looking then throwing it together. He did a time line of Harriet Tubman and with one of the pages he drew details of her life in the boxes and added his own words..This will be fun and I think these pages will encourage him to write...I feel this is a ministry and hope your family knows it is a blessing...
Esther Peters in Manitoba
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Theresa Grimes in TX
I want to say how happy I was to see the Elvis notebooking page. This was a golden opportunity to talk about many who celebrated or would have celebrated their birthdays this months. Although not a president, his music and mannerisms brought about a drastic change to our country.
My son loves his music especially his gospel music and I used this notebooking sheet to discuss the pros and cons of that.
Love our 'pages'...
Angie in Minnesota
Tina Gebhard in West Africa
I am a homeschooling mommy of four children, ages 4-14. I am also a missionary in a remote African village. I have been teaching my children for 10 years, and haven't yet found my fit in the curriculum world. I have my kids creating binders for Bible history and geography with pages I create & they fill in & decorate. I had no idea that what I was doing was called notebooking or that anyone else did it. I stumbled upon your site a few days ago and can't get enough! We only have internet access three times a year when we're in the capital city, so I've ordered your CD with ALL your pages. I am really excited about incorporating your pages into my kids' binders that they started last year. You have blessed our family tremendously. I plan to tell all the other missionary - homeschool moms here about your site. Most here use Sonlight, and these pages would be fabulous for the kids to use to keep a record of what they've learned from the books they've read.
Amy in Maryland
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Michelle Snyder in Colorado
We have used many of the Alphabet pages, and we also use the Nature Study pages. This month we are starting a study on ancient civilizations and I am just LOVING the notebooking pages. The pictures are great, very detailed and realistic and they are perfect for my little ones. I was worried that we would not be able to use a lot of these pages until they got older (they are in first grade and kindergarten) but we have already used a lot of them!
The Ancient Egypt pages we are using now are just beautiful, and my children actually enjoy writing when they use them. I even use the copywork pages for handwriting and spelling practice. It is much more fun to do their work on pretty pages!
It is even neater now that you have made this a treasury, and I always look forward to the updates. I can't wait to use the A-Z Animals pages, I know my kiddos will go crazy for them!
Thank you SO much for all of your hard work. I recommend your pages to everyone I know who is homeschooling.
Sandy in Ohio
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Joyce Strite in AZ
I use the basic notebooking set for anything and everything, but also the nature pages with borders, and birds. For history, science, copywork, and nature study, the possibilities are endless. Anytime an opportunity arises for a study project, we just grab the "pack" and give each child the choice of his own liking and away we go! The finished notebooks so far for this year gives them incentive to keep adding more. We have all subjects combined into one three ring binder with dividers for this year since it was our first experience with notebooking. I am really enjoying it with the boys and can't wait to see more pages as they are added to your ever growing list! Keep up the good work!!
Julie in TN
Terri in WA
Thank you so much for the Christmas Freebie! Merry Christmas my sweet internet friend.
Barbie Benton in MO
I also appreciate the selection of design styles. As I have one child who likes to illustrate her writings I can choose a page or two which have an area for her to draw on along with her writing. Then for my son I can chose a different design as he doesn’t care to draw.
The state pages are great as well. They cover just about every important fact about each state.
Traci Best in IN
Annie in Wisconsin
We have really enjoyed notebooking in our homeschool and truly appreciate all the information that you have about it. We've now managed to work it smoothly into our days. Often times when teaching it is (obviously) not just enough to spout off facts and expect the kids to remember it. With the notebooking pages I don't have to spend lots of time looking for comprehension activities...just print out a notebooking page and set the kids to work! I only wish I could have done notebooks as a kid.
Kim Bennett in Connecticut
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Cori Randolph in Idaho
Terry Kim in VA
We have already put many of the pages to use. My kids are having fun exploring the Notebooking Publisher and making their pages look more “spiffy!”
Definitely worth the investment!
Thanks Deb for making this available. Your pages definitely help our day run a bit smoother while offering another avenue for creative expression and narration.
Teressa Foote in Michigan
Jen Clark in CA
My first trial was with one of the freebie science notebooking pages. I printed the one with space for 3 pictures and then primary-lined writing area. We did a science experiment, and rather than just DO it, like we normally would have, after the experiment, I had my son draw pictures of the stages of the experiment and asked him to write a sentence about what he learned - and he LOVED doing it!!! It made the whole experience SO MUCH more of a learning experience, and even though it's been a couple weeks, he's STILL talking about it! Even though he generally dislikes writing, he truly enjoyed that experience, and I hope to have many more like it!! Thank you for opening a whole new world to us!!
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What makes Notebooking Pages better than your blank journal notebook?
Switching from a Worksheet based learning to Notebooking? These pre-created pages with beautiful images will help your student transition. Pages come with pictures, lines, and blocks to fill in what they have learned. It gives the structure for your student to know how much is ‘enough’ to write or draw. Giving a child used to worksheets a blank paper and asking them to ‘narrate what they learned’ is a bit overwhelming for most.
Starting a new theme or era? Having a Notebooking Page printed out and handy will give a frame for your narrators to build upon. I have one son who will fill out every section of the entire page. I have another who prefers to use the blank page as a guide as he uses his blank journal page. I prefer to use the NotebookingPages.Com page myself.
Need to work or volunteer outside of the home while the children work? You could have their reading assignments given and then have the NotebookingPages.com sheets printed out. This way they will know what to write. You could even print in a few key questions for them or jot down a few vocabulary words for them to look up.
What I am excited about today – is that this is the first day of their Sale-A-Bration. They hold the BIG SALE once per year. Once the birthday is finished, it will be another year before the big discounts come back. It was during their birthday celebration a few years ago that I purchased a yearly membership. After renewing it twice, I was given the Lifetime Membership when the structure changed.
I can’t tell you how comforting it is to know that we have access to the hundreds, if not thousands of pages at a moments notice. We used quite a few for our Ancients Study, for our Middle Ages study and for our Composers and Artists Studies.
Amy in California
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Thanks again for the great products!
EMK in Florida
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Mischele Brisco in Kansas
The History packages exceeded all my expectations! The Explorers pages were such a fun addition to our World History study and now the American Presidents have really brought all our work together in an impressive and fun notebook that we can show to friends and family to highlight what our students are discovering on our learning journey.
The designs and quality are so impressive and effortless for me, the crazy busy mom, whether just using copywork pages or ongoing projects like our Nature Notebook and timeline. These products have saved me so much time and allowed us to really showcase all our homeschooling accomplishments in a fun, meaningful way for our family to tell a story about our adventures in learning. Thank you NotebookingPages.com!
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Kristi A in PA
We have 10 dc so for simplicity- go with the Basic Notebooking Pages. LOVE 'em
Cindy in TX
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Spring in Maine
Thanks for such a great resource, at a great price- that I can use through the years with each of my kids!
Kelly in ABQ
Shonya Klein in MO
For each plant featured, the pages include a small color picture, which is nice to help the children identify it in the wild and know how to color it. Then there is such a delightful selection of pages for each species. Older children can draw the plant on one nice big sheet or have lines to write about the plant as well as draw the plant on another sheet. Younger children can just color a large picture of the plant, or color a picture on a page that has just a few lines for journaling.
The set is appropriate for all ages, preschool through high school, and we will be using it with all our children for many years to come.
Vickie in ID
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Heidi Cooper in Michigan
I love the materials. I love that we will have lasting evidence of what they’ve learned. I already love the idea that someday I will be able to show my GRANDCHILDREN what their parents accomplished in school.
Angie in Florida
My husband had been out of work for the past 8 weeks. My budget for the school year was use to eat and pay bills. A couple weeks ago you sent a gift for subscribers and it was what I need it for my teaching this semester!!!!. The free notebooking products had been a huge bless in our lives. I had been buying in the past before this economic... a lot of you products and we used them all...God uses you to let me know that even in little things God is there. Like my milk last more that a month and drinking from it every day. The same miracle with My notebooking.... It is awesome!!!with your ideas, topics and more... THANK YOU FOR SHARING AND GOD BLESS YOU SO MUCH.
P.S. I AM SORRY IF YOU SEE MISTAKES I AM LEARNING AS WELL WITH MY KIDS (I AM FROM MEXICO).
Jennifer in New Jersey
I wanted an alternative to using workbooks and more than found that in this website.
We are starting nature studies and had intended to just “wing it” but I am stoked to be able to use the thoughtfully put together pages in animals, trees, flowers and more.
Debra has saved me painstaking hours, weeks? Months even! Assembling all these note booking pages. All I have to do is click and print!
Rebecca Bagwell in AL
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Kaari in Alaska
We have many of the notebooking resources and I love having topical pages for the children's writing that they can color if they wish. I love that the older children have tighter spacing, and younger ones have space to draw with only a few lines to fill with words. Pages or segments can easily fit into notebooking or lapbooking with the children.
I also love the freebies from time to time! I have used notebooking pages for stationary, recipe cards for to-do lists or pretty shopping lists for my sweetheart, and have used many of the cards for thank-yous. The first thing I backed up after recovering from a computer crash on the external hard-drive was my extensive collection of NotebookingPages.com!
I'm a busy mom and after 10 years of homeschooling this is my all-time-favorite homeschooling website.
LaZann in Utah
I was spending hours looking for pages on the internet or trying to make my own. Now I can just click on the page that the children like press print and it is ready to go. I have been trying to do a time-line for the last couple of years. The Time line sheets are so easy to use, customize, and make the kids time-lines look great and Daddy can see what they are studying.
And the new pages that are released at least once a month are an added and wonderful bonus. This month the vehicles were perfect for what we were studying with my preschooler. Thank you so much for such a great site at such an affordable price.
Becky in Ontario
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Jackie Schlageter in New Mexico
They have asked that we work on notebooks because of all the great pages I give them to take home and work on during the week.
I have the dubious (according to my daughter) title of teaching the fun stuff while their mom has to teach them the boring stuff.
I have started giving my daughter pages for the children so that they can say Mom gives them fund stuff also.
I am so thankful for my membership. I have found so many great items to download and print out for the kids. My older children are a bit jealous. I taught in the dark ages of homeschooling (according to them). We did not have computers, the internet, homeschool groups, curriculum fairs or all the curriculum that is out there now.
Thank you so much for all you do for the homeschooling community.
One happy Mama =0)
Britta McColl in Wisconsin
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Dena Johns in Missouri
We've also used several of the nature pages, as well as picture study pages and composer pages. I am thoroughly enjoying all the variety and it's fun to allow the kids a choice in their pages as well.
Thank you so much.
Cari Dierking in South Carolina
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Joy in WA
It seemed like our homeschool was lacking something. The workbooks were dry & boring or repetitive. I discovered your site a year ago, purchased a year membership & we started our notebooking adventure! We have slowly integrated it into our homeschool day & now we are ready to start using it with all of our subjects. It was hard to tell myself to put those workbooks & other materials we purchased out of site & stick with the notebooking. I can see the diff. in my kids, they like school, they want to do more!
My children really enjoy being creative with their notebook pages. Notebooking is helping me to teach language arts to my children the natural way with out all the boring workbooks that sometimes bring tears. This method of homeschooling has inspired my children to learn, to explore, to be creative and to write!
My year membership just expired & I knew I had to purchase a lifetime membership this time around! I am looking forward to all of the awesome notebooks they will create in the future! The 3-D pages & the publisher look great! Purchasing a lifetime membership is one of the best investments we have made in our homeschool journey. Debra, thank you for all the love & time you put into this site to help the rest of us enjoy our homeschool journey!
Sandra Hauge in MT
Kristen Fagala in Texas
I have found the templates from the Treasury Membership collection to be outstanding help for each my 7 students--from my really creative children to my reluctant writers--and well worth the money we invested in it.
My children are pleased to see their history and science notebooks taking shape. With Notebooking Pages by their sides, they have created something to be really proud of!
We also enjoy the various pages for copy work and other reports. My blessing enjoys being able to choose which colors or design to use for her pages. The only problem is that she has a hard time deciding between all the designs so I have to set a time limit on how long she takes to choose one. After that time I tell her I will choose if she cannot. After all we do still have to do school!