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by Mary Ann Kelley

TheHomeSchoolMom: Homeschool Notebooking

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Notebooking and lapbooking are closely related. Notebooking is a bit simpler, with the information inserted into simple 3-ring binders instead of put into the more elaborate lapbooks. Notebooks are put together using maps, lab reports, scrapbook pages, worksheet pages, drawings, essays, timelines, and any other relevant work that your child creates. The sites below will guide you through the process of starting to notebook and give you some examples and ideas.

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Cut Out the Busywork . . . Try Notebooking!
Before notebooking, our school days were chocked full of a variety of learning activities and curriculums, but the learning was so dry and dull. By the end of the day, and I mean the-END-of-the-day, the kids were wiped out and so was I. Do you have days like these? Notebooking will refresh and rejuvenate your homeschooling. It opens the door for meaningful learning while saving you time, money, and those precious hours you currently spend (if you’re like most homeschooling moms) trying to tweak everything that you currently do to make your day better. Read More...

Explore, Discover, & Create . . . With Notebooking!
At the end of each school year, are you finding yourself swimming through mounds of worksheets, quizzes, tests, and half-finished workbooks wondering just what to do with it all? Where does the organization begin? What do you keep? Where will you keep it? How much should you, dare I say, throw away? As you begin to tackle this heap, your brain recalls the many hours that went into creating this voluminous collection. You may start to wonder just how well spent those hours really were. You remember the great ambitions with which you started the school year and the many ... Read More...

Notebooking Publisher Demo Video Part I
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and their notebooking (& copywork) web-app, The Notebooking Publisher™

Notebooking Publisher Demo Video Part II
Visit (affiliate link) to learn more about their LIFETIME memberships
and their notebooking (& copywork) web-app, The Notebooking Publisher™

Productive Homeschooling (affiliate link)
“From copywork to nature study, notebooking is a fun tool that captures all that we have learned about a particular topic and turns it into a concise, artful piece of work. The kids are always excited to share their notebooks with others & they love to look back over what they’ve created (& learned)… Whether starting with a well-planned, formatted notebooking page or a single piece of blank paper and a few supplies, each notebooking page becomes a dearly treasured & unique creation.” Productive Homeschooling has both free resources and downloads for sale as well as a publisher app. You can see a demo of their cool Notebooking Publisher app (free with ProSchool Membershipaffiliate link) in the videos above, or visit the link below for more information.

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There are a variety of one-page themed downloads for your notebooks at this site: math, planets, scientific method, science biography, animals, music, and more.

Crafty Classroom – Lots of printables for notebooks (geared toward younger students)

Donna Young’s Notebooking – Donna has an extensive site full of downloads and most of her notebooking pages are attractive, basic templates that can be used for any subject.

The Notebooking Fairy – An extensive site with many free downloads on many subjects as well and encouraging blog posts and ideas and the Notebooking Success eBook (affiliate link).

Fueling the Fire with Notebooks
This is an excellent article from Terri Camp of Ignite the Fire that gives the basics of notebooking.

Highland Heritage Notebooking
Tamra of Highland Heritage not only has some of the best downloads for notebooking, she also has this page detailing the basics of how to get started.

Half a Hundred Acre Wood Classical Notebook – Lots of free downloads to create notebooks in classical homeschooling

Homeschooling with Journals – Journals can be used for anything explored in learning. Instead of preprinted templates, students enter all of their own content.

Notebooking Downloads at Homeschool Share

Homeschool Helper Online Free Downloads

TheHomeSchoolMom’s Notebooking Board on Pinterest

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