What You Must Have for Notebooking

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what you need for homeschool 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.

  1. notebook paper
  2. a pen or pencil
  3. notebooks

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.

  • glue
  • paper brads
  • scissors
  • stickers
  • stencils
  • 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.

  1. page protectors
  2. a three-hole punch
  3. 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.


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Jimmie Quick

Jimmie is now a veteran homeschool mom. Her daughter Emma is a student of the sciences at a large university in Illinois. Her guide to notebooking—Notebooking Success—guides you through notebooking: what it is; how to use it; how it fits a Charlotte Mason, classical, and textbook curriculum; tips for getting the most educational value from it; and much more. It comes bundled with several bonuses, including a small set of generic notebooking pages that can be used with any topic.

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Crystal @ Serving Joyfully Reply

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 🙂

    Jimmie Quick Reply

    Yes, that’s so true, Crystal. Notebooking is not complicated. That is the beauty of it. Use what you have on hand.

Heather Reply

Woot! You know how I feel about notebook paper! haha Great breakout Jimmie.

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