Dear Homeschooling Mom,
Say NO to busywork, burnout, & overwhelm!
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and learn more about this tool called NOTEBOOKING.
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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 Notebooking! It is such a great way for the children to "show what they know" right at the level they are at. Some of my kids have trouble writing--they are so glad to have space to draw pictures and the layouts are inspiring, because there are many pages with fewer lines--not so intimidating. The selection is amazing--and always growing! I am also LOVING the [LIFETIME Membership] idea, because I have always "wanted it all" and now I can have it!!!
We loved using the bird/nature journaling pages this summer when we were studying 24 different birds!
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 signed up for a free trial and I’m so glad I did. The publisher is wonderful – easy to use and limitless in scope. If you can imagine a page, you can create it. And, if creativity isn’t your thing, there are 100s of pre-made pages from which to choose.
We have used notebookingpages since the very beginning…and they just keep getting better! Now with the Notebooking Publisher it has opened up SO MANY new ways to use it. I would highly recommend this to any homeschooler. It is a great value!
I purchased the LIFETIME Membership in November 2011 and have really enjoyed using it with my children. It’s nice to have both wide and standard ruled pages too, it works great with all my children!
I just had to share how wonderful and what a godsend this site has been for us.I used to come out here and print off your free products.They worked so well for our studies that I had to buy a treasury membership(we are currently studying ancient Egypt). Imagine my surprise when I opened my e-mail to find out that I had won the 2011 expo from TOS.Thank You so much for the exceptional products you produce at such a reasonable price. HS mom of 7.
These resources have saved me so much time and have greatly enhanced our history and science studies. These pages are the highlight of our day. My children look forward to coloring and filling in their pages after a chapter has been read.
I recently just signed up for the lifetime membership after seeing so many wonderful templates to use for notebooking. I had planned on beginning homeschooling my oldest daughter next school term; however, my husband and I decided to pull her out earlier. I was ready for next school year as far as planning goes, but I really had to scramble to prepare the remaining of this year. Notebooking, interactive notebooks, and hand-made products are things I had planned on doing… I was going to make up most of these on my own, but then I found Notebooking Pages! It just made sense to me to use what was already out there and just create my own where needed. Anyway, we have already used the templates and the publisher (which is awesome) for a report on Jupiter. My daughter was so excited to do this project on her own!
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).