Notebooking Spotlight: Claire’s Presentation Pages

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In the Notebooking Spotlight, we feature homeschool moms who use notebooking with their children.

Today we have Claire in the spotlight.

Claire homeschools her five children using a self written history curriculum as the basis for the majority of their schooling. She blogs about their homeschooling adventures at Angelicscalliwags. I created a notebooking page based on a suggestion from Claire. She asked for a presentation page, and this post is a follow-up, showing exactly how her children made use of that page.

Notebooking at Angelicscalliwags

In our home school we notebook everything! Our shelves are filled to overflowing with the children’s three inch folders which they enthusiastically bring out eachtime we have guests around. Everything from narrations, to photos, recipes, spider diagrams, stain glass windows, art projects, even the odd wooden doll and a pair of Chinese slippers have ended up in their folders! If we have learnt from it, you can be sure that somehow it will find its way into a notebook.

Notebooking for a Presentation

As a means of wrapping up the study of a culture, the children do a presentation which we invite guests to. We record each presentation and put it onto a disc to slip into the children’s file. However, apart from a collage of photos and their notes from the night, the children have never recorded much about the actual presentation.
I really wanted some note pages I could use to make into a program of events for the guests, with maybe somewhere for them to jot down notes or questions; for the children to record their feelings about how the presentation went along with things they might like to work on for the next one; and for our own records to document what we ate (we always eat food from the culture and era we are studying), any demonstrations the children did and the topics that were presented. It was Jimmie who made this into a reality for us.

The Flexibility of Notebook Pages

Jimmie created a set of three note pages that fulfilled my criteria perfectly. Over the last couple of weeks they have been fully incorporated into our presentation nights and I wonder how I managed without them:
I used them in my planning stages.
We decorated them and made them into scrolls to give to the guests as a memorable program of events. We slipped a pencil under the ribbon to be
used to write any comments or questions they might have:
I found them useful to use on the night as well. Often I see something I would like to change for the next presentation, but in the hustle and bustle of the night I never think to write it down. This time I did.
I was so pleased with the scrolls and how effective they looked, we blew one up to poster size and stuck it on our front door (such fun!)
The children used them after their presentation to reflect on the night. I wrote down leading questions or points I wanted them to mull over. They really enjoyed this, especially the girls, and I will be encouraging them to have a look at their notes prior to our next presentation.
We cut a semi circle into the top side of an A4 envelope, decorated it, three hole punched it and popped everything, including the scroll, inside. We use these frequently as a way to store irregular shaped objects together with note pages on the same subject matter. We were also able to fold the poster and pop one into each envelope.
All in all, it was a wonderful way to record our home school antics.
Thank you, Claire, for showing how you used the presentation pages. It is so rewarding to see them in use! The Vikings are a person favorite of mine, and the costumes and poster-sized notebooking page makes me smile!
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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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Eddie - The Usual Mayhem Reply

What a great idea for really making the most out of a presentation! I especially love that you had the kids use them after the presentation to reflect – a great learning tool! Thanks for sharing. I’m taking notes here in case we ever do one.

Phyllis at All Things Beautiful Reply

I love Claire’s way of teaching! It is wonderful to see the nuts and bolts behind the wonderful presentations!

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