Q & A: What if My Child Dislikes Both Writing and Drawing?

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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.)

science notebooking yellow fever

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?

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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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Angel in TX Reply

You know we haven’t done this in a long time. Thank you for reminding me! My ds doesn’t like writing, he does like drawing, but sometimes he likes to draw on the computer in paint. He could make the notebook page and draw it in paint and paste it over. Hmmm

Kristy Reply

This is so interesting that you brought this up! We don’t do notebooking on a regular basis (my oldest is 5) but we have used it. My son does not like writing as much as typing because focusing on the mechanics is so hard for him…actually I wrote a brief blog post on it. And my niece (same age) has always been drawn to electronics, so for her birthday I got her software for My First Amazing Journal. I think these things also encourage language arts practice which is great for a reluctant student. Of course writing has to happen sometime…doesn’t it? 🙂

Nikki Reply

Thanks for another great idea! I think this might be something my son will enjoy!

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