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Subject: notebooking help
Date Posted: 6/29/2008 4:19 PM ET
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I am thinking about trying my hand at notebooking with my 6th grader. I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me. I have tired lapbooking this year and it worked out ok but seemed like we were spending a lot of time with the little books and he would get fustrated easy when we didn't finish it. So I was thinking about notebooking instead. Thanks  Michele

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 9:08 AM ET
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I'm bumping this up. Can anyone help Michele? I goggled notebooking and found some good websites that looked helpful, but I think she wants input from someone that actually does it.

Would you like the websites Michele?

 

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 9:28 AM ET
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No thanks I have lots of them what I really am looking for is some pratical advice from someone that has done it. Want to know the why they started it how they started things like that. How well it works for different subjects. I have done lapbooking but it is way too time consuming for us and he gets frustrated quickly but it is a really fun activity. Thanks Michele

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 10:48 PM ET
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I've never notebooked. (is that actually a word? lol) Can someone give me a brief description?

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 12:04 PM ET
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Sorry I would have posted earlier, but I was trying to gather my thoughts!  We have been notebooking for over  a year  so we are probably considered newbies at this still.  But we LOVE it!!  We tried lapbooking also and my kids did not care for the little books, and I didn't feel they had alot of creative say in those.  Then I heard about notebooking and I'll be honest I was thinking yeah what's the difference!  But it really is different.  I was looking for something different to help my 7th grader and soon to be 1st grade, my dd would read every book including textbooks but she didn't always retain what she read out of the textbooks.  But anything that was historical that was written in first person or it told the story in a regular reading book she could remember everything. 

That was when I figured there had to be a better way to help them retain what they learned.  As I said first we looked at lapbooking, then we tried notebooking.  The best way I can describe notebooking, is scrapbooking + learning.  We have done the states, we are now working on the olympics and I am planning the next one on voting/civics.  What I enjoy the most is I can make it easier for my son and make it as complicated as my daughter needs. 

I find my pages through a variety of places, I found some on the web, I make my own and I also use teacher resouce books that I have found at garage sales, pbs or wherever I can find them.  I just copy pages to use or I take ideas from them of what I would like to include.

Depending on what we are working on sometimes I will buy some scrapbooking items (letters, stamps, even some stickers) to help them get creative.

We have just started using notebooking for language arts - for vocabulary, book reports and current events.  What I also like is that the whole time they are filling in spaces with what they learned about that day they are writing.  So their descriptive writing, explanation and even sometimes their persusaive writing is improving without having a specific writing curriculum.

One person that I found at the beginning of our journey with notebooking is Cindy Rushton she has wonderful  items and even a whole class type audio that will help you get started.

Sorry if this is disjointed and rambles.

Char - I'm sorry this isn't exactly a short description!  :-)

 



Last Edited on: 7/2/08 12:05 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 6:17 PM ET
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I have an aquaintance who does electronic notebooking.  They are amazing!!!!

She has a site for free info classes:

http://www.virtualhomeschoolgroup.com/course/category.php?id=9

and blogs...

blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-kQcZzU0waavPrjBfNfIA.3VW

www.homeschoolblogger.com/armoorefam

and a Yahoo Group:

www.homeschoolblogger.com/armoorefam

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 8:08 PM ET
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Wow thanks Stacey!! Would you mind if I ask a bunch of questions since your dd is a year older than my ds? I could either post them here or email you whichever you prefer. I wondered how to start. How did you start? I will look up that lady you talked about as well. I am in the process of starting to plan out my 6th grade year. I was hoping to notebook most of his subjects as sort of an organized way to see how we progress over the year. With our state we have no requirements like that so I have never done any sort of portfollio or anything. I found that my ds reads and reads and reads  but the same thing doesn't remember it most of the time and I would like documentation that he has read these things. We have done unit studies before and is it easy to put them into a three ringed binder kind of thing? I feel like such a newbee at this but really ready to try something more concrete. I want to do more book type reports with him too and wondered if that would help us to stay organized.  I am thankful for all who have posted for me. I have been home schooling all his life but find that I learn new things every year, what works for us and what doesn't. I think lapbooking was fun but like Stacey said the little books got on my ds's nerves and he would get so fustrated. What kinds of books did you find to help Stacey? How do you incorporate the teacher things? I am sure I will get the hang of it when we start. I am planning on starting lessons in August and right now am making plan on what I will teach and gathering supplies. Thanks again for all the help. Michele

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 1:42 PM ET
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A friend of mine notebooks with her three kids. One of them likes it more than the other two,she is artistic and a visual learner (right brained learner) and enjoys working with scissors, glue sticks and arranging the layout on the page.  They use cardstock in a three ring binder as the base and lots of colored backgrounds (regular old colored cardstock not scrapbooking paper). The mother spends time online looking for images and they do print offs in color (expensive IMO) then glue them onto the pages in an arrangment. They use handwriting to write things over and around the images to provide words to explain what was learned or to describe the images. It is so similar to lapbooking but just not with the cutting and folding and little books. Imagine that same info/stuff all flat on a page. I've seen the notebooks and they are impressive. In addition to reading books and doing projects they take that information and put it into the notebook. The notebook is a summary and a visual record of what was learned. Theirs also contains some photos the mom took and had printed out showing projects they made (crafts, recipes, 3D stuff).

(I will see if I can get this friend to write up something about notebooking and if she does it I will post it here.)

I have always wanted to do lapbooking or notebooking but each time I try it bombs with my boys. Sigh. Yet another example of what I'd like to do with HSing plans doesn't always work out with the kids.

Have fun and good luck with it! 

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 7:18 PM ET
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That really did help a lot. Thanks so much. I a hoping that my ds will enjoy it but you never know.  I was looking for some way to organize our papers. I did do some of it  this past year with all his field trips and papers. I am hoping that I will be able to keep it up all year. I do take photos of all his projects and things like that so we have a record of the stuff he does, experiments that sort of stuff so I don't have to keep all the stuff.  It adds up quickly. Thanks so much for all of you who have helped me. It is nice to know that I can come here and get encouragment in my home schooling adventure.  Michele

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 9:11 AM ET
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Hey guys sorry gone for the fourth and I didn't check in.  Michelle I didn't want you thinking I was ignoring you! :-)  Feel free to  email whenever you want.  But I'll answer what you wrote earlier.  Getting started wasn't the hard part lol!  It was narrowing down what I found and figuring how to use what I did find.  I am in the middle of planning our Olympic one now so let me kind of walk you through what I did. 

I started with a couple of teacher books on Olympics and I searched the web for Olympic information, lesson plans and worksheets.  The teacher books I looked through to find appropriate activities for my dd, one thing I took was a list of past athletes, I wrote their names on some cut up index cards and put them in a jar.  She had to pick out three names (to start with) and find either a book or she could search the web for information.  I created a paper with clip art and she need to pretend she is writing their biography.  With one of the books came an Olympic board game where you answer questions based on your knowledge of the Olympics.  What I did was adapt it so I can include questions about the Olympics as we watch.  I also include the fun stuff like word searches, word scrambles etc.  I am also including both winter and summer, I have more emphasis on the summer but I there were things I wanted them to learn about with the winter also.  The teacher books I use to get ideas from or even use the worksheets that they have in them.  We are also going to do foods from other countries as we go through some of the countries involved in the Olympics.  So the I will have them put the recipes in and write up something similar to a food critics report or something along those lines.

Another thing I am doing with the kids is setting up a mini olympics for them to see what it takes to do some of these sports.  I am planning on taking pictures so they can include these in their books also.

I have been using both the 3ring notebook and those 3 prong portfolios, depending on the subject or how long we will be studying the subject.  For example when we started our states last year I put them in the 3 prong, but as we added more items my dd moved hers to a 3ring notebook whereas my ds still has his in the 3 prong.

We have really enjoyed the freedom the notebooking allows.  If there is a subject that comes up we can put one on hold and start another if it's more important.  The only subject I haven't figured out how to notebook is math, I have a couple of friends who do, and I have watched how they do it, but to me it doesn't look any different then writing the answers out of the book on a piece of notebook paper!  :-)

But please feel free to email me with any questions. And I so agree with you this forum is wonderful to get encouragement from.  And I love how we don't have to know everything going on with homeschooling because you can always come on here and get your answers!!



Last Edited on: 7/7/08 9:17 AM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 7/8/2008 8:02 AM ET
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Thanks again. I am in the middle of planning an olympic unit for my ds who is 11. I found a neat site that had a lot to do with the history it is called emint.org. You click on the ethemes at the top and then search olympics and all sorts of stuff comes up also I found that educationworld has a lot as well. I have used them in the past for things. 

I think this will be easier than I thought it would  be and am looking forward to starting it. My ds loves to learn about olympic stuff and we have a contest on who can pick the best countries and keep score on who's teams do the best. We have done that for the last few I think like four or  five now. Thought he might be getting to old for it but he was really excited about it yesterday when we were talking about the olympics starting.

Math is a hard subject for my ds and I will have to think of a way maybe we can spice it up by notebooking it a bit. Maybe he would enjoy it more. I did use Math U see and probably will again but am going to start out the year with some other math workbooks and maybe try some math games too.

Thanks so much for all your help and I will keep you in mind if I need more help. Michele