What Is Notebooking?
Homeschool notebooking is a popular way for students to create a special notebook that includes all of their research on a particular subject. These notebooks contain all of the details from a research project, including photos, news clippings, Internet research and book lists. The scope of the project is only limited by the age of the student and the amount of time devoted to each subject. Many homeschool students start a notebook for a subject that will last the entire school year, while others will create one that is completed within a specific time period, such as a semester.
The purpose of creating the notebooks is to help children learn how to do research and to develop reading skills using the various media available to them.
Since notebooking can be done on just about any subject your child can imagine, coming up with ideas is relatively easy. Children can self-direct the subject matter, or they can be given suggestions to get them started.
Some basic notebooking ideas include:
4-H projects - pets, science, forestry, journalism, photography and bird watching
Science - rocks and gemstones, oceanography, the metamorphosis of a butterfly, spiders, dinosaurs
Literature - fiction, non-fiction, Shakespeare, J.K. Rowling, favorite authors, science fiction
History - Civil War, space shuttle, presidents, Middle Ages, famous explorers
Collecting - teddy bears, stamps, U.S. coins, toy trains
Getting Started Notebooking
Notebooking can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Think of notebooking as scrapbooking with a learning purpose. The concept of journaling, as it is known in scrapbooking, will be done frequently throughout the notebooks. Students should write information as they come across it, providing information such as:
- Book title or website address (older students may also include library location information if the item may be needed later)
- Basic outline of the information included
- Short synopsis of the information contained
An entry may also include the following:
- Print out of photos from the Internet
- Clippings from a newspaper or magazine
- Personal photos of the subject
The purpose of notebooking is to learn more about a particular subject, locate information for research papers and to teach children how to take accurate notes. Learning how to take good notes will help them in the future as their subject matter becomes progressively difficult.
Notebooking doesn't have to cost a fortune; after all, it is just a book that has been created for research purposes. However, making it as neat and usable as possible is also a goal, especially if you meet with school principles or administrators to show what your homeschooling students are doing.
The basic supplies include:
- A notebook
- Glue sticks
- Pens, pencils, colored pencils and sometimes crayons or markers
For more serious notebookers:
- Notebooking kits
- Spiral book punches
- Special papers, like those used in scrapbooking
... the sky (and your child's creativity) are the limit!
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