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How to Use Notebooking In Your Homeschool

Throughout our homeschooling journey, there has been one great constant: NOTEBOOKING.

In the beginning, we were Interest Led/Charlotte Mason homeschoolers; we notebooked.

Then, during a year where we just needed to unschool, we continued to notebook.

Now, we have settled on a Classical path; we incorporate notebooking in our days. 

Notebooking is the perfect way to inspire creativity, document learning, organize material, and learn effectively. It brings organization and REST to our homeschool days.


How to Use Notebooking In Your Homeschool

Will Notebooking WORK in My Homeschool?

I often hear people tell me their children don't like to WRITE, or that the physical act of writing is difficult. (Let your children dictate their notebooking pages, or allow them to type their pages.)

I also receive many questions from readers about the supplies you need for homeschooling.  (Really, all you need are basic school supplies and some three ring notebooks.)

Notebooking is so personal, so customizable, and allows your child to express themselves with their schoolwork.   

So, how do you know if notebooking will WORK in your homeschool?

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself. If you answer YES to many of them, then you are probably a good candidate for notebooking!

  • Do you like to document your children's learning?

  • Do you have children who like to be creative, enjoy arts and crafts, and feel the need to dig deeply into a subject?

  • Do you have children who think outside the box?

  • Do you have children who like to organize and admire FACTS and MEMORY WORK?

  • Do you prefer NOT to administer pencil and paper tests, but desire to somehow assess your children's learning?


How To Use Notebooking in Your Homeschool

Getting Started With Notebooking

Notebooking is one of those things that can sound confusing and complicated. In reality, however, it is SO simple and adds an element of predictability and peace to our homeschool days. 

This post, written by my good friend Jimmie, is your one stop for learning all about notebooking and how to get started.  If you know NOTHING about notebooking, read the post and then come back here. 


 

5 Ways to Use Notebooking In Your Homeschool

We've used notebooking in many ways over the years. 

Hopefully this post will give you ideas (no matter WHAT your homeschool method and learners may be) to implement easily in your homeschool this year. 

 

 

 


Helpful Notebooking Posts

You can notebook through all subject areas, all methods, and across all ages.

Notebooking has been that GOOD THING that has STUCK each year.  

The following posts may strike a chord with your homeschool and style:


The BEST Notebooking Resource

Throughout all of the notebooking we have done, there is one resource we have relied on consistently.

Back-to-School Membership Sale

Notebooking Pages is a subscription service that allows you to download notebooking pages for virtually ANYTHING you are looking for. 

In addition to being able to download premade pages, children have the opportunity to create their OWN pages using the Notebooking Publisher App. 

Hands down, Notebooking Pages is our favorite homeschool resource. 

Currently, Notebooking Pages is having a Back to School Sale.  This is a wonderful time to grab your lifetime membership for $25 off the normal price. 


Let me hear from you!  Do you use Notebooking in your homeschool?  Do you have plans to start this year?  Do you have questions about notebooking?


How to Use Notebooking in Your Homeschool

How to Use Notebooking In Your Homeschool

Notebooking Pages One Day Back-to-School Giveaway

This is an exciting week if you want to learn more about notebooking, grab some great freebies, and plan for your homeschool year. 

TODAY ONLY (Tuesday, 7/28) from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (CST) Notebooking Pages  (our favorite resource for all things notebooking) will offer its annual Back-to-School freebies and also give away TWENTY FIVE Lifetime Memberships! 

Back-to-School Membership Kickoff Giveaway


Freebie for EVERYONE: 

NotebookingPages.com Product Sampler

25 PRIZE WINNERS:


ONE Grand Prize winner receives a Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership PLUS a homeschool package worth over $850 from our sponsors (see list below)

24 Winners receive a Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership! 


Giveaways From: 

Mom's Tool Belt
Home School Adventure Co.
Thinking Kids Press
Harmony Fine arts
Outdoor Hour Challenge
Enrichment Studies
Train up a Child Publishing LLC, formerly Epi Kardia
Homeschool Copywork
Barefoot Ragamuffin Curricula
Brookdale House
Katie's Homeschool Cottage
How to Homeschool My Child
NotebookingPages.com
 


Simply visit Notebooking Pages to claim your prizes and enter to win the membership! 

Then, tomorrow the Notebooking Pages annual Back to School Sale begins, with $25 off every lifetime membership.  

Back-to-School Membership Sale

To learn more about how we use notebooking, along with videos and examples of notebooks, just visit the Notebooking section of my blog.... and I'll have a big post for you tomorrow about HOW TO NOTEBOOK, too!  



You're a Homeschool Mom? You Are Building Something Amazing!

You're a Homeschool Mom? 

Maybe you're even a NEW homeschool mom? (God bless you.)

Did you know you are building something AMAZING?  

As we prepare for another school year (yes, ours begins next week!) I feel like we all need encouragement. We need to know that what we are doing MATTERS. 

It matters so very, very much. 

God has given me several BIG moments this summer where I could sit back and marvel at what HE is building through a tiny seed He planted in my heart nearly seven years ago. 

That seed has given me the strength to help children learn to read, master times tables, navigate friendship issues, and tackle formal logic! It has given me the strength to keep going when it seemed like the easiest thing to do would be to enroll my children in public school. 

So let me tell you now -- as you anticipate a new school year --  you are building something amazing, and homeschooling your precious children IS WORTH IT!  

You're a Homeschool Mom?  You are Building Something Amazing!

You Can't Always MEASURE What You Are Building

Society tells us that we need to MEASURE our children.

Measure them against each other, against a test score, against Common Core requirements. 

As a homeschool mom, however, you can't always measure accomplishments or progress. 

When my kids were little I measured their progress from my heart:

  • Were they happy and ENJOYING learning?
  • Were they kind to each other?
  • Did they have a thirst for knowledge?
  • Could they sit and read a book without being asked just for enjoyment? 
You're a Homeschool Mom? You Are Building Something Amazing!

We learned a lot with Unit Studies and Five in a Row

We took many field trips and earned a lot of Junior Ranger badges. 

I followed my kids' interests wherever they would lead. This set the stage for them to know I was their partner in learning and would support them in their endeavors. 

Did I have TANGIBLE evidence of what was being built?  No, but I knew in my heart I was laying a foundation for something wonderful. 


Sometimes It Feels Like You Are Just HAMMERING Away

Believe me, I understand that many days homeschooling is just HAMMERING AWAY at things. 

If you have a child that is strong-willed or a child with special needs, that hammering can be almost constant. 

There have been MANY evenings when I would just sit down in tears, and tell my husband that the WEIGHT of being responsible for my children's ENTIRE education was just TOO MUCH. 

I would waste valuable time thinking how much BETTER my life would be if I could just get some peace and quiet like moms who send their kids to school. 

I've learned - in times like that - to do a few things to bring myself out of the pit:

  • PRAY!
  • confide in a mentor/friend - be totally honest and seek encouragement
  • take a few days (or weeks) off - your kids will be JUST FINE
  • outsource a subject (or two)
  • seek COMMUNITY - a co-op or homeschool group is so helpful
  • refer to encouragement in one of the 10 Best Books for Homeschool Moms 

All of that hammering WILL produce something beautiful. 

It will produce a family that is closer, siblings that have a deeper bond, and children that are more apt to discover their God given gifts on their own terms and time table. 

Believe me - when your kids get into middle and high school, you will start to see the fruits of your labor. 

You're A Homeschool Mom? You Are Building Something Amazing!

Those BIG Moments I'm Having

I told you there have been BIG moments this summer where I just realize God is building something amazing through my homeschooling efforts. 

Can I share just ONE with you? Maybe it will encourage you in your journey? 

My Anna is starting to talk about what she wants to do after high school. She is asking questions about music therapy and working with the special needs population. 

This summer she had several opportunities to volunteer with a special needs ministry through our church. She came home from the special needs VBS and said, "I can't wait until this is what I can do for a living!". 

As a homeschool parent I have the opportunity to foster this interest, design a for-credit high school course for her, and seek out more volunteer opportunities for her.  

THIS IS BIG. 

THIS IS WHY I HOMESCHOOL. 

You're a Homeschool Mom? You Are Building Something Amazing!

In the same short time span, I've found a lot of resources for homeschooling high school. I have been to many college websites and know  I CAN DO THIS. 

God is giving me the signs and encouragement I need to stay the course through homeschooling high school. 

 

Let me hear from you!  Are you new to homeschooling?  A veteran homeschooler?  Do you know you are building something amazing?  Do you have a story to share?  Use the comments below and let me know!

 

If you haven't gotten my free eBook, You CAN Homeschool: Encouragement for the Journey, please feel free to download it. It's a collection of stories and encouragement from our first few years of homeschooling.