Back to Homeschool with Notebooking

by Jimmie Lanley on August 11, 2011

It’s back to homeschool time, and I’ve been organizing my notebooking materials among other things. My notebooking resources break into three main categories, and they all need specific attention.

Paper for my notebook.

photo credit rmkoske @ Flickr

Organizing Online Resources

The Internet provides such a wealth of notebooking material that it’s easy to lose track of it.

Sandy put it well on a blog comment here at The Notebooking Fairy,

“I’d love some organizing tips, too. I have so many bookmarks I can’t keep up with them. There’s just so much out there. Then, I forget to use things and then it’s too late. That happens way too often.”

The key to bookmarks is using an online manager.  If you are using your browser to hold your bookmarks, you will find yourself quickly disorganized. Worse, if your computer crashes, you lose everything.

I’m currently using Delicious.  (It’s free!) Be sure to tag your finds very thoroughly. You can even create custom tags that match your specific curriculum and make it easy to locate resources later.

Organizing Digital Resources

When I find a great freebie online, I normally bookmark it. But if I know that I definitely will use a certain printable within a few months, I go ahead and download it to my computer as well.

To keep things organized, I’ve learned to create folders and file things as soon as I download them. I have folders for every major academic area — language arts, science, math, history, art, and music. Inside those folders are more specific folders that break down the topic even more. It takes only a few seconds to make new folders, and the payoff is huge when you’re looking for files.

CurrClickIf necessary, print screenshots of what is in the folders and add those to your Mom Notebook.

You can also print the table of contents for any purchased notebooking sets (for example from Notebookingpages.com or from CurrClick). That way you know exactly what is in the set without constantly looking back at the PDF.

Organizing Physical Resources

I like to print out blank, general purpose notebooking pages and have them handy in some sort of organizer. That way I always have a supply for my child to choose from. (You may even want to have a supply of prefolded minibooks on hand.)

Be sure to have your three hole punch, scissors, any binding machines, etc. in an accessible place so that your children can take ownership of the notebooking process.

Have you begun your school year yet? Do you have any tips for getting your notebooking materials organized? Please do share them!

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