Notebooking for Field Trips

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Goodies from a Trip to NYC & Philladelphia

When we go on a field trip, we always come home with a plethora of brochures, post cards, maps, and pamphlets. I usually ask my daughter to use those items to create a field trip report for her notebook.

That does two things.

  1. It gives them a place to be stored rather than cluttering up the house.
  2. It provides a way to review what we learned on the field trip.

For our recent trip to New York City and Philadelphia, I set my daughter loose with all we had collected, some page protectors, cardstock, and basic school supplies (glue, scissors, etc). She organized all our materials, planned how to arrange them on the notebooking pages, and wrote notes about what she saw.

cutting out pictures

Of course, she doesn’t use everything that we bring home. She gets to decide what are the best materials to include. Some duplicate pamphlets or maps can be cut apart to provide pictures for embellishing pages. (Everything else goes in the trash to reduce clutter.)

Do you ever use notebooking after a field trip?

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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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Mary Reply

Well — I think we just might now! We went on a great field trip today to a natural history museum and my daughter brought home all kinds of pamphlets, etc…

Once again — THANK YOU!

Nadene Reply

Sometimes these pages are the best treasures of trips and travels! Along with one or 2 photos, some notes and maybe a few items found or collected, the page tells a whole story! Although we don’t officially scrapbook, our pages have many scrapbook elements and we love looking through them even years later!
Hope Sprite enjoys revisiting her notebook pages!

Kristy Reply

I love this! This would be great even for those who don’t notebook all the time.

Pamela Reply

We love creating notebooks as a way to record our learning adventures, and as you mentioned, it is an especially great way to use all of the brochures we accumulate while traveling.
On a recent 5 week journey, we created a log book where each of us took turns recording pages about the places we had visited. It is always interesting to see what each person gains and remembers from the same trip.

Penny Reply

What a great idea! My daughter would love this as she loves crafts and scrapbooking. Thanks for the great idea!

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