Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership
I am a homeschooling mommy of four children, ages 4-14. I am also a
missionary in a remote African village. I have been teaching my children
for 10 years, and haven’t yet found my fit in the curriculum world. I
have my kids creating binders for Bible history and geography with pages
I create & they fill in & decorate. I had no idea that what I
was doing was called notebooking or that anyone else did it. I stumbled
upon your site a few days ago and can’t get enough! We only have
internet access three times a year when we’re in the capital city, so
I’ve ordered your CD with ALL your pages. I am really excited about
incorporating your pages into my kids’ binders that they started last
year. You have blessed our family tremendously. I plan to tell all the
other missionary – homeschool moms here about your site. Most here use
Sonlight, and these pages would be fabulous for the kids to use to keep a
record of what they’ve learned from the books they’ve read.
My kids and I absolutely LOVE your notebooking pages! They
look incredible and are so easy to use! I love that you can use them for
older or younger ones also! All the options for each product page is
wonderful!!! Thank you so much for such a helpful and affordable
Product: Nature Study Pages
Wow! Notebookers and Charlotte Mason fans pay attention! Here is a
great resource for you. And for those who don’t fit the above
descriptions, you may very well like this, too. I think everyone from
unschoolers to the classically minded could make good use of this
nature-journal facilitating software. The first part of this computer CD
contains a slew of nature notebooking pages. At the beginning there is a
Nature Study Notebook Cover and suggestions for using the pages
themselves, which are categorized in eight sections.
First comes the “7 Days of Creation,” with several templates for
journaling and illustrating. All of the pages that have writing space
include pages with primary-style lines (with a dotted line between two
solid lines) and pages with standard lines for older students.
Next is “All about Animals,” which has six sub-sections: Amphibians,
Birds, Fish, Invertebrates, Mammals, and Reptiles. Among the myriad
options, there is a page for drawing animal tracks, an “observation jar”
page for drawing little captive creatures, and lifecycle pages. The
spider page has a place for sketching the web, and there is an arthropod
page with a sectioned template for drawing the head, thorax, and
abdomen. A nice feature found here and in the plant section is a “word
bank” where specific terms are printed at the bottom of the page for
student reference–good for building vocabulary and spelling skills.
The “Habitat” chapter is most comprehensive: arctic, beach, creek and
pond, desert, forest, jungle, mountains, plains, prairie, rain forest,
streams and rivers, rotting logs, savannah, sea and ocean, under a rock,
underground, and yard. I especially like the last one, as that is a
familiar and convenient habitat for children to explore! Rotting logs
and under a rock sound like fun too.
The “Nature Log and Journaling Pages” are lined with “date,”
location,” and “notes” column headings. There is a generic page and one
for each season as well as various template pages with space for writing
“Plants, Flowers, and Trees” come next. The flower pages have places
for leaf and flower/petal detail. The tree pages have spaces to
illustrate the bark, leaves/needles, and the flowers/fruit/nuts/cones.
There is also a place for bark rubbings.
The last three sections are “Rocks and Minerals,” which includes
igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks as well as minerals;
“Seasons”; and “Weather,” with all kinds of daily, weekly, and monthly
weather logs among other things. There is even a page for the water
Each section contains a cover page for separating each category and
organizing your nature notebook. The template pages are most attractive,
with beautiful illustrations and pleasing layout.
At the end of this Nature Notebooking half of the CD is a bonus
section. It is an amazing assortment of nature-themed fun frames and
borders. These could be used as additions to your children’s nature
journal or would be perfect for letter-writing or stories. The author
also suggests using them for copywork and dictation. There are rainbows,
birds, flowers, leaves, seashells, snowflakes, frogs, and butterflies
to name a few. Some are black and white, most are in color and range
from quaint to “cartoon-y” in style. In general, they lean toward
“girly” in their appeal.
Whew! Okay, so now comes the second half of the CD, which is North
American Birds Notebooking Pages. There are 680 notebook pages for 97
types of birds, and there are blank templates for adding other birds.
Again, you will find both primary and regular-style line options for all
the pages that have journaling space. Seven different page templates
are available for each bird. Some are full-page illustrations for
coloring. Where it applies, male and female species are shown. Many of
the pages have a space for the common and scientific name. One template
has a range map printed on it.
We usually school year-round, trying to plug in some fun stuff in the
summer months along with the usual catch-up. I’ve added “Nature
Notebooking” to my summer to-do list, and the kids are 100% behind me. I
will also make sure we take pertinent pages (animals, habitats, birds,
frames, and borders) with us on our family vacations from now on!