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I knew I wasn’t giving my kids the 'best of the best'.
Mom of 10 ... ages young to adult
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, quite frankly, the knowledge STICKS. Lightbulbs click and eyes shine! We have a growing treasury of their homeschooling journey.
Discouraged or frustrated with your current homeschooling situation? Please check out the posts below.
These posts give you a glimpse of my path from doom & gloom to victory!
I LOVE the State Study birds, flags and flowers pages. Using these along with other pages for our US geography made things much less frustrating for my son when he was studying the states. He liked to glue the colored flags, seals and birds into place on his study sheets. Thank you for putting easy to use tools like this a click away!
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.
I love the variety of pages available and now the ability to create our own for whatever we need. Such an awesome resource!
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.
I love, love, love using the pre-formatted notebooking pages! As a member it is very convenient to come to the download center to pick the pages I need without having to store everything on my computer or use a CD. The download center is logically organized which makes finding what you need a breeze. I haven’t had the need to use the publisher yet, but plan on using it this year for history and copywork. I did try the publisher when it was first introduced and found it easy to use, I love the fact that you can make custom pages with ease. If you have ever tried to make notebook pages with Word, you know how much hard, head-scratching work it is, the Publisher is much easier and less frustrating than anything I have ever tried to create on my own.
Love this membership. It is a great value – you get so much for the price. I am looking forward to it changing our homeschool for the better this year!
Thank you Debra for putting together the papers I’ve always wanted! And for continuing to add more great pages every year! It’s so comforting knowing that I have a lifetime membership and I don’t have to worry about the computer crashing, misplacing the floppy or disk drive, and losing the original, because It has happened more than once!! Years ago when I was only homeschooling two, it was no problem staying creative and organized. After the fifth child, who happens to have major medical issues, and becoming primary caregiver to my parents who suddenly acquired major medical problems within a 6 week period, I just don’t have time for creative and organized. With NotebookingPages.com, I don’t have to choose! I can be creative and organized because you do it for me! <3 <3 <3
The character training notebooking pages have been such a help to me as I have been trying to teach my children the character traits that we all need to grow in. With pages like “Sewing seeds of….” and pages with lines and spaces for pictures, I can adapt the pages to whichever character trait we are studying at the time. I can have my children write in “Obedience” or “Attentiveness” after the “Sewing seeds of…” and then we go from there. I also love the page that says “What God says about….” Then we can look up the Bible verses that talk about obedience an write them out. The versatility of these pages is wonderful. Thank you for such a great product at such a great price.
I am looking forward to our third year of using the pages from NotebookingPages.com! My kids love setting up their new copywork notebook for the year, and finding history pages that go with our first reading assignments. I am homeschooling 9th, 5th, and 2nd grade, and I can always find something for each of them that makes it a little more fun to journal their learning- enjoying playing with the new publisher, too! Looking forward to the fun of creating our own pages this year! :)
I just love the treasure trove of pages that I've found so far in the notebooking pages [membership]. More importantly, my seven year old daughter gets excited about writing when she sees the newest cute animal, idea or story inspiring page. I'm so very thankful for this sight, it saves me a lot of work and money.