Why Do You Notebook? Setting Goals

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Notebooking is a tool in your supply of teaching methods, so it should be helping you to teach and helping your children to learn.

notebookingConsider why you notebook. What are your goals for using this method in your homeschool?

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.

What are your goals for notebooking? Feel free to comment.

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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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Carletta Reply

My goal is to help my kids develop writing skills, and also help them learn to enjoy expressing themselves in writing.

Nadene Reply

Your list covers my goals too! I realize that when children write what they know, they make it their own. This is very important for studying in high school and onwards.

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