Notebooking With Creative Interviews

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Notebooking doesn’t always have to be strict narration. Creative approaches, such as an interview, give variety to your repertoire.

A great example is the interview my daughter created after a short living math lesson. We are wrapping up Unit 2 of lessons in which we learned about the googol, a huge number consisting of a one followed by one hundred zeros.

My Interview with Mr. Googol and Mr. Google

Me: Mr. Googol, how much are you worth?

Mr. Googol: I am one with one hundred zeros behind!

Me: But, Mr. Googol why is Mr. Google named after you?

Mr. Googol: Well, I…..

Mr. Google: I can tell you! When you go to my website, you can find a googol of sites about what you’re looking for!

Mr. Googol: But I, Mr. Google, am not the biggest named number. My brother Googolplex is the biggest! While I am 10100, he is 10googol!

Around her interview, she wrote some additional facts and illustrations. You can see that her clever interview demonstrates what she learned about the googol. It’s far from a direct narration of what we read, but it still conveys the key ideas about the mathematical term.

An interview can be used for any person you’ve studied. But, as you’ve seen in this example, non-living things can be personified for an imaginary interview. Give this option to your children this week and see if they like the interview format.

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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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Kristy Reply

I’m impressed! Love it!

Pamela Reply

Very creative and fun!

Heather Reply

So sweet! Great imagination! Thanks for the idea!

Becky Reply

I love this idea! I am “stealing” it to use with my kids in the coming weeks. Thanks! 🙂

Sally Reply

HOw very clever! It’s fun, and it really ensures the narrator to know the information! Thank you for sharing this idea and a true example!

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