I schedule a 4 day week. While we generally school 5 days a week- Fridays are reserved for catch-up, delight directed investigation, notebooking, and generally a flex day for those weeks we need to ‘drop’ a day: illness, travel, farm work, one-of-those-days 😉 , field trips….
When I pulled my kids from public school (4th and 6th grade) we began science with NOEO. It scheduled a 4 day week and there are a few notebooking type pages in the front of the syllabus. We made endless copies of these until we discovered notebooks at our state’s homeschool convention from Miller Pad and Paper Company. These eliminated making copies every day, and kept each child’s pages bound in one book. They loved this. So, they began using the same notebooks for history, creative writing….
We made endless copies of these until we discovered notebooks at our state’s homeschool convention from Miller Pad and Paper Company. These eliminated making copies every day, and kept each child’s pages bound in one book. They loved this. So, they began using the same notebooks for history, creative writing….
As a part of our spring meltdown one year, I re-vamped our school (incidentally we had moved on to ‘higher level’ high school curriculum- instead of the living books studies like NOEO.) I had heard a lot about delight-directed learning but did not have kids motivated to do that. I switched back to a wide variety of living books studies and decided that they notebooking theory was a good way to investigate.
I googled notebooking pages and read a Notebooking Queen book by Cindy Rushton. (I’m not sure which one and I no longer own it but something like this) I printed a few and put them in a 3-ring binder. General pages like we had been using but different organization.
I’d say this has been successful with my younger kids- but my older ones still prefer the notebooks from Miller. They began with different habits ;).
The 4 day week has been quite a success for us and it looks like this:
Our homeschool day begins with a-loud reading by me. Then math. These are the two things I find most important to do every single day (math and reading). So, on Fridays we do the same thing, but at the point that they look at new assignments- they are looking at notebooking as the assignment. Sometimes they file things into their record binders, sometimes they create new notebooking pages, sometimes they complete things that have not been finished for whatever reason- but in the end we have less pressure on Friday. We’ve completed learning. We’ve investigated or recorded or caught-up. That is how we do it- until it doesn’t work 😉 then we will try something new.
MENUS and IDEAS- I collected two documents that list ideas for the kids to use in their notebooks. I’m not sure where I got them. I wish I did so that I could give credit. I printed them and put them in a page protector in the front of their notebooks.
now it’s been a whole year since I’ve put this binder together, and I didn’t put it together with intent on sharing it- just using it- so I’ll do my best to give you an idea of the sources I’ve used. I apologize for what I’m certain I’ll miss.
My NOTEBOOKING binder includes:
- pages from www.notebookingpages.com
- and the www.notebookingfairy.com
- also from crafty classroom
- timelines and other pages under a HISTORY tab
- SCIENCE TAB with a few science related or friendly generics from above, plus science lab reports from Guest Hollow
- and a GENERAL tab
I put each page in a plastic page protector and make extra copies of a few. The page protector sheet can be copied, 3 hole punched copies can be used. This makes the notebook re-usable.
Good Luck. PLEASE share your notebooking ideas with me! I’m really quite new to this.