Notebooking is a tool in your supply of teaching methods, so it should be helping you to teach and helping your children to learn.
Here are my goals for my daughter’s notebooking:
- learning organization skills
- writing narrations
- practicing expository writing
- verbalizing mathematical concepts
- explaining scientific processes
- reinforcing recently read ideas
- creating a tool for reference and review
On my side of the equation, I find that notebooking helps me kill two birds with one stone in curriculum planning.
Since notebooking involves so much writing, a notebooking assignment can often “count” as whatever academic subject is covered plus a writing assignment. In fact, I don’t require my daughter to do a lot of “pure” writing assignments in language arts. Instead she uses the content in her other subjects — math, science, history, art, music, Bible — as the basis for expository writing. Two-for-one assignments make for smart time management.