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I knew I wasn’t giving my kids the 'best of the best'.
After 6 years of homeschooling, I knew I wasn’t giving my kids the 'best of the best'. I didn’t want them to turn out like me, a great student who 20 years later, with high school & college diplomas in hand, doesn’t remember much of anything taught.
When we notebook our studies, they remember more. Light bulbs click. Eyes shine! We have a growing collection of their homeschool journey lining our bookshelves.
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Our curriculum just isn’t working. My child hates writing. How do I homeschool multiple children and not lose my mind? I’m tired of all this busywork. My child’s not motivated (honestly, I’m not motivated). I need to simplify our day. Would love to add delight-directed learning to our day. My kids aren’t retaining anything. Want something to cement what we are learning. Need more variety in our day. Tired of wasting money on resources we don’t use. Want a more personalized education. Want an easier way to keep track of what we are learning. Kids can’t wait for the school day to FINALLY be over. Want something tangible to help lessons "stick". Want my children to learn, not just pass a test. Want my kids to enjoy learning without having to prod. Feel like we are not getting enough done. We are so bored!
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I LOVE the Famous Composers notebooking pages! I especially appreciate the photograph or drawing of each composer and the listed dates of their birth and death. Having six children, I also really appreciate that each of the notebooking pages sets include primary-lined and regular-lined formats to choose from to find one that is best suited for each child. Famous Composers notebooking pages works well with Zeezok Publishing's Composers biography book series. Excellent Product! Thank you!
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your products!!! I stumbled upon your website a couple of years back, and ended up ordering the complete set of notebooking pages. It has become a staple item in our homeschooling! What a valuable resource! Whenever I need a page for something, be it math, spelling, etc., all I have to do is go to my membership of notebooking pages, browse, and print what I need!!! No more frustration of searching the internet for hours on end only to find something that isn't what I was looking for. Your products are JUST what we need - EVERY TIME!!!! I cannot recommend your website enough!!!! Thank you so much for what you do - you are a Godsend! :-)
I recently bought "Ancient Central Americas." It is wonderful! I had looked and looked for notebooking pages or lapbooks that included The Olmec Civilization, and couldn't find anything until I looked here. So we used the notebooking pages as the center of our lapbooks, and they turned out beautiful! Thank you,
Our children are enjoying using the Basic Notebooking Pages set this year. We use them especially in history this year, and they are making a history notebook that brings all their history narrations into one place. The youngest children use pages with just a few lines and place for illustrations, while the oldest uses pages with more space for writing for her written narrations. We're also using this set for vocabulary words, reading, verb conjugations... I love how versatile this set is. It really is sufficient for all our notebooking needs!
I have homeschooled for 19 years. For 18 years I moaned and yes, even grumbled, about the time, effort, and creative brain drain to create my own pages for my students’ various subjects. I would wonder why, after all these years, some savvy person hadn’t come up with pre-made templates for a variety of subjects under one site. And then last year I found Notebooking Pages! Yea! Although I am now down to teaching one child…who is 16, I still use it when we are doing a quick study on various subjects, such as artists or composers. A great way to re-enforce what he is reading. This fall I will be teaching a group of 5th graders state history. And what site did I first turn to when deciding to create notebooks? Yep, Notebooking Pages. I found excellent sheets on our state plus with the handy Notebooking Publisher I will be able to quickly and easily add pages. Thank you, Debra!
At first I did not fully see what was available and I thought, “this is pretty good, but….” Until now, I have explored the website and I am amazed at the pages available and the quality and depth. Now there is the Notebooking Publisher which is awesome! Well worth the membership!
- My kids and I absolutely LOVE your notebooking pages! They look incredible and are so easy to use! I love that you can use them for older or younger ones also! All the options for each product page is wonderful!!! Thank you so much for such a helpful and affordable creation!
I just started homeschooling my 5-year old son for kindergarten this year. I'm new to homeschooling, and we are going through a charter school - so we are given a curriculum and assignments. But I have been frustrated with the curriculum and textbooks, and my son has been less than enthusiastic with the number of worksheets and "busy-work," and I was beginning to feel like I was killing his natural love for learning. Here I had this incredible child who is already reading on a 5th grade level, doing end-of-1st grade math, and yet he was starting to hate "school." I felt like I was failing. I started researching online for other homeschooling ideas, and came across the whole notion of notebooking, and it immediately appealed to me. It seemed so much more flexible than the curriculum we were assigned now, and it seemed like my son would be actually learning more than when he's just filling in blanks or drawing lines from pictures to words on worksheets.
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!!
Product: Nature Study Pages
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!
I love the flexibility that notebooking approach to homeschool has done for my family. It’s given me direction to how to keep it organized! I also love that I can print right off the website. No need to download it. It doesn’t need to take up space in my laptop, because there are so much to use. I’m really happy we became a member.