I am always inspired by homeschool moms who create a business from a personal need. After all, if they are having an issue, more than likely, there is another homeschool mom somewhere out there with the same need. Debra L. Reed, creator of NotebookingPages.com, is one of those mons. Homeschooling had become a daily draining challenge of curricula that dictated what they did and did not meet the needs of her family. Because of Debra’s experience, homeschoolers like you and me are now benefiting by having resources at NotebookPages.com that bring education to life and allow our children to dig deeper in the understanding of a variety of educational topics and academic areas they enjoy.
First off, you may be wondering ‘What is notebooking?” Yes, it is actually a word. Notebooking is instruction with your child writing about and drawing pictures of whatever they are studying. The pages are usually kept in a three-ring binder for easy access and review as well as for adding additional notebook pages your child completes. You may already have a topic in mind, but if you do not, you will have at your fingertips more than 1,000 “topical pages, themes and designs” available to you with a Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership. Notebooking allows children to journal through their words and pictures significant points that will enable them to remember what they study. NotebookingPages.com is great to use with children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. You may have a child who prefers to draw versus writing, the other way around or prefers both. Either way, notebooking can enhance their understanding.
When covering a topic, I like to see the different interpretations of what my children are studying. There are some sheets that prompt them for responses (ex: geography sheets), but on the other lined sheets, children are able to write what they want about what they learned. Giving them free range to illustrate their interpretation added to the learning process.
There are notebooking pages with topics “from A-Z” as well as specific subjects like the following:
Bible/Character, Famous People, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Holidays, Language Arts and Science/Nature
Each of those areas has pages that cover so much in that subject. You may use the notebooking pages for a quick study or the pages for journaling for going into great detail on a subject. That is one of the great things about notebooking; your study can be as brief or detailed as you like. Just as with the choice of pages, your child may add as much detail as they would like. If you do not see a page for something you are studying, you may even suggest new topics for notebooking pages. New pages are added every year.
Along with the pages, Debra offers other resources that may help you get on your way with notebooking. The story behind NotebookingPages.com is interesting and you may see some similarities in your homeschool that brought her to create the company.
It is summer time and we have two family reunions we are attending. One is in Georgia and the other is in Michigan. I thought it would be fun to do a brief study on the state of Michigan since my children have never been to the state. These homeschool notebook pages were found in the geography section.
I am currently in the trenches with planning our new school year. Now that I have access to all of the pages of the Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership, I will be including some of the pages in our school days as part of our regular study and some other topics for when my children just need to have fun studying something that totally interests them.
If you are wondering whether or not notebooking will work with your family, you may try a free membership. Get a free 600 + page sampler and a tutorial series that will get you on your way to notebooking. The Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership is available for $97. You may also purchase individual pages.
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