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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!
We just started with the notebooking pages from the basic lined page and already. it changes the way the girls looked at their days of work. they already like to draw, but now, they can do it most of the time. Wow!!! I wish I've taken the time to visit the site before....;-)))
A HUGE thank you for offering so many free notebooking pages. I have worked hard to make a few geography pages on my own and it turned out horrible. Thank you for offering you states outlines (geography section)for free, it has made our "notebooking the states" so much easier. You are saving me lots of time and effort. The pages are well done.
This is my second year of being a lifetime member and while I’m still very novice at implementing notebooking into our schooling I have always been drawn to the idea of the simplicity and the orderliness of it. I like the idea of being able to use our own pictures or those we find online to add to custom pages with the publisher too. I wonder if life skills type pages would be useful. I and my eldest daughter make notebooks for everything and a notebook for things like home ec and shop type learning would definitely be used here.
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 have loved the pages that we've bought. We have 4 children and they love being able to color the pages along with writing on them. It's added incentive to get the work done. I can't wait to get a ProClick so we can make nice notebooks out of them. I'm looking so forward to joining the Treasury this year, I think these pages are the best!
I LOVE the notebooking pages!! Can’t say enough about them. What Debra has done to make our homeschool more enjoyable and the learning experiences more complete is an understatement. Being a lifetime member will prove to be such a joy to me knowing that I can just log in and download whatever I need. Personally my favorite pages are the floral copywork pages. I use them for just about everything for myself!! They are so pretty. Thank you Debra!
I love the TOG History pages. We make a notebook every year and it has really helped us stay on track. Thank you for offering this for free.
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!
We have fallen in love with notebooking and all the creativity that comes with it. After using all the freebies on your website, I finally went ahead and bought the CD with all of your notebooking pages on it. I love printing exactly what we need to add the most to our notebooks. I also love knowing I'm investing in a timeless product I can use with all my children. Thanks for doing such a great job.
As a homeschooling mom for 8 years now this is the most comprehensive and well done site for notebooking and lapbooking pages I have found anywhere on the web. I was so delighted when I found your site Debra and my children love the lessons we are doing with the pages. I just bought the entire lifetime membership because it is so worth the money!! This saves me so much time and effort, I could just kiss your face. If you are a first year homeschooler or a long time homeschool mom you will appreciate the collection here.