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What You Must Have for Notebooking
As parents, we try to teach our kids the difference between needs and wants. Even we homeschool moms have to distinguish between the two or we will end up either overbuying or feeling that our homeschool is lacking. Just because something is convenient or cool doesn’t mean it is a necessity.
What You Need for Notebooking
One of the major advantages of notebooking is that the supply list is short. You won’t have to buy a thing because you certainly already have exactly what you need to use this learning method.
Here is what you need.
- notebook paper
- a pen or pencil
Simple, isn’t it? Notebooking requires the basic school supplies that any household would have on hand. With just paper, pencil, and a binder, your children can get the maximum benefit from notebooking. If that is all you have, feel reassured that it is enough.
More Things that the Creative Notebooker will Need
If your children are creative and artistic, they may need supplies beyond pen and paper but still well within the range of normal school supplies or a basic craft cabinet. Creative children feel stifled without additional tools for expression, so for them these items qualify as a need.
- paper brads
- double-sided tape
- markers and colored pencils
- colored cardstock
If you have a creative child, you already have these things on hand, and the point is simply to make these things available for notebooking.
What You Might Want for Notebooking
Beyond the basic needs, there are a few tools that make notebooking considerably easier and create a polished finished product. If you plan on using notebooking long-term, I suggest investing in these three inexpensive items.
- page protectors
- a three-hole punch
- hole reinforcers
And if you want to get very fancy, you might consider a binding machine to create your own notebooks. I had one for a while, and we used it only a couple of times. We really prefer three-ring binders to comb bound notebooks. So don’t feel that you need a binding machine for notebooking. You don’t. All you need is paper and pencil.
For more must have lists, see the link-up with iHomeschool Network.
Love this list and how you broke it down into the needs and wants 🙂 It’s so easy to see all the huge supply lists and get overwhelmed at first until we break it down 🙂