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Say NO to busywork, burnout, & overwhelm!
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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 are having fun figuring out the notebooking publisher part of the membership. Our first page turned out really great and my daughter is excited about making her notebooks look really cool this school year! So glad we renewed and looking forward to seeing the future of the notebooking publisher.
Since 2011 I’ve been using the notebooking pages for most of our kids’ work in history, science, handwriting, Artist and composer studies, health, and even language arts. Once a month or so when we have new topics lined, I just go to the site and download what I need. I love that the pages are so versatile – I can use them for narration, lapbooking, color or draw and then just compile all their work in a folder. The kids love that they can have options (instead not notetaking/narration all the time which can be taxing for a younger child). And they get inspired by the pictures they see – which makes thinking of what to write easier.
We have been using the Ancient History notebooking pages with Story of the World Vol. 1 this year, and I was able to match one or more pages to each chapter to go along with our studies. My son Aidan loves it!
Being a Lifetime Member means never having to renew. It is always there for me. I can print out what I need when I want it and it’s already paid for! This is such a great idea Debra has worked so diligently on over the past years.
We just started using Notebooking Pages this year and it has added so much ease to our history lessons. No longer do I have to wonder what they are learning – they are showing me. They are proud of their pages and love looking back which works as a great way to review!!
I was thrilled to find Notebooking Pages. I had been searching for different ideas to use with my daughter that are more creative. This site has given me so many options. It has also enabled me to have more fun time with her and her brothers and not be so stressed over planning. As a lifetime member I love the fact that future updates are included with no additional charge. I am getting ready to start the Colonial times with her and focus on the Revolutionary War so that she can understand why we have the freedoms we do today and why it is important to ensure that her children have them as well.
I am a lifetime member who is seriously in love with the notebooking pages and the NEW Notebooking Publisher web-app feature. You can create cursive AND/OR print copywork pages – NICE! There is nothing on the market that even compares or gets close to this product. I am still trying to wrap my mind around it all. It has been an absolute lifesaver and has become an invaluable resource to our homeschool. My daughter and I BOTH love the customization features of the web-app. The notebooking pages cover a variety of subjects and age ranges. They can be integrated into your homeschool day with very little if any prep. The pages are done beautifully and are quite impressive. Check out the samples and you’ll see what I mean. I would often check Debra’s website for notebooking pages I needed and ALWAYS found something that fit our needs. I truly appreciate her dedication to making this project number one. If you aren’t a lifetime member and you enjoy notebooking with your children – what are you waiting for? It IS worth the money. You won’t regret it. I know I don’t. The product allows your family (any family) to retain information from their studies in a more engaging, fun, and creative way. I found Notebooking Pages years ago through Currclick. I noticed that every topic I searched for led me to her website – she is very thorough. I wanted everything I saw! My daughter was very young at the time, but I wanted to make sure I had high quality materials to use with her as she progressed through her schooling years. I hope that I can create enough copywork pages this summer for our fall curriculum before my web-app expires. The price to extend the use of the web app is extremely reasonable, but we just finished building our house and the budget is tight right now. I know that if I have the funds, then I will most likely renew the web app. I wish I had purchased it when it was offered as a lifetime product last year. Dummy – I should have known better. Oops – did I say that out loud. I didn’t get to use the web-app as often as I hoped this year because we moved several times and life was just all out of whack. Make sure that you use the web-app free months that are included with the purchase of your lifetime membership especially if you enjoy copywork activities. My daughter is definitely learning better and retaining the concepts now that we use notebooking pages. It works well with any curriculum. We were using an online science curriculum the other day. My daughter asked me if she could create a notebooking page for the life cycle of the jumping spider. Umm . . . YES! She asked me. She also created a copywork page for the term life cycle. She is learning cursive this summer and I look forward to providing her with meaningful copywork pages that complement her studies and the books she reads. Okay, so I just read over my comment. I sound like a gush – oh well, it is what it is. When I love a product, I tend to sound a little giddy or over the top. The new feature amazes me. I am not an affiliate but I may have to consider it in the near future. LOL.
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!
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 2 very intelligent young grandchildren ages 7 and 10. I help my daughter with their homeschooling on Saturdays when they come to our home for work in lapbooks and notebooks of special subjects.
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 fun 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.