Q: What if my child dislikes both writing and drawing?
A: Let your child create digital notebooking pages.
Does your computer have a publishing or word processing software such as Publisher or Word? Most children love using the computer to do their work.
Below is an example of a notebooking page my daughter created when we read An American Plague, a story of the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia. (The mosquito pages I made for this study are here.)
The transmission of the disease is a mystery throughout the book until the very last chapter. Understanding how mosquitoes transfer Yellow Fever is a foundational concept which I asked Sprite to demonstrate on a notebooking page. She suggested creating a diagram on the computer, and I gladly complied. I give her as much freedom as possible so that the notebooking pages truly reflect her own understanding and personality.
Other advantages to working on the computer:
- mistakes are easy to fix
- images and text boxes can be dragged and resized as necessary
- spell check is available
- clip art or photos serve as substitutes for drawing
Do you let your children create notebooking pages with the use of computer software? Do they enjoy it?