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(Enter between June 16-June 27, 2014)
You have embraced the idea of teaching your children to journal by
using notebooking templates. You have downloaded hundreds if not
thousands of cute, interesting, and important files for them to use
during their study and personal learning time. But now what?
Without proper organization, those amazing templates you have
purchased and downloaded for your children to use for their
schoolwork will be locked and unused on your computer. Even worse,
without a plan for organization you will have spent good money only
to use up space on your harddrive.
Create a master file folder on your computer
In order to locate your notebooking templates easily, it would be
wise for you to create a master file to store all of your files. A
good master file name would be “Notebooking Templates for School”.
I personally keep this folder on my desktop screen. Why?
neatly tuck this file in my directory list I tend to forget it it
there. If it is right on my desktop screen then I am reminded often
that there are cute and interesting templates for the kids to use.
Create a sub folder for each category as you collect and create
Under your master file folder, you will want to create category
folders that make it easy for you to find any template you need. I
highly suggest you create lists by subject:
Depending on how organized your like your files, you can choose to
go one step further and add files under each of these categories. For
instance under the history folder you can create files for ancient
history, medieval history, modern history, the civil war, etc.
Create files as you go.
If you are new to notebooking, you will quickly discover that
there are thousands of templates available for you to introduce to
your children. An easy approach to this kind of journaling is to
consider what subject you are studying together in history (for
example) and to acquire a handful of templates for your student to
choose from as they are learning. Organize these files as you go.
With a little bit of time and effort you can ensure that you will
be able to take advantage of all the free templates and great deals
that you stumble upon as you search for school supplies and
curriculum. With a good system of organization, you will be able to
find those resources when your student is ready to use them!
How to Organize a Notebooking Station
Notebooking is the practice of journaling while you learn using
pictures and words.
It is fancy journalling.
This is an easy and engaging way to teach
any subject and works extremely well in the homeschool environment.
Beautiful templates, coloring tools, and a learning environment
provide learners with everything they need to notebook successfully.
There are two reasons children thrive in a notebooking learning
Organizing a Notebooking Station
Find a wide assortment of notebooking templates. You can create
them yourself, or download templates from thousands of available
online notebooking templates.
Organize your templates into files or notebooks.
If you are using the traditional hanging file folder system,
create folders for your templates to make them easy to locate. Some
example categories would be: blank templates, countries, ancient
history, floral, insects, character studies, and holidays. There are
many many more categories. Simply add new templates into new folders
as they are acquired.
If you chose to organize your templates into notebooks, you
may want to fill a three ring binder with plastic page holders. Print
of masters of each template for your child and use file dividers to
organize by topic.
Organize your art supplies.
Create and area, bin, or holder to give your child easy access to
scissors, glue, crayons, colored pencils, and markers. Replenish them
a few times year to keep the supplies fresh!
Create a Journal for each child’s completed notebooking pages.
Your children will be very proud of their notebooking pages when
they are complete. Validate their hard work by providing them a place
to store them safely. A three ring notebook with plastic page
protectors works beautifully. At the end of the school year, or when
they have collected quite a collection of pages on a particular
topic, you can even have the pages bound at your local office supply.
Notebooking journals are a beautiful keepsake and even make great
gifts or grandparents!
Taking the time to organize your child’s notebooking templates,
journal, and supplies are essential. If you treat these supplies with
respect, so will they. There is something intrinsically freeing about
journalling about what you are learning. It is one of the best ways
to document what you are learning. Your children will grow to love
their journals. Even reluctant writers can grow by first using the
pages as copywork, then word and phrase collectors, and finally
documenting their learning.
Notebooking is a fruitful resource and skill to add to any
educational environment and works beautifully with homeschool
Note-booking is a great way to approach teaching your kids about the holiday President’s Day. My boys enjoy the high quality templates by Debra. I think the best aspect about note-booking is the pages are cute (yes, I need the pages to be cute for ME to buy into the project), easy to download and store, and provide a confined space for the boys to write about what they are learning.
Many kids will stare at a blank page all day, but will happily write their heart out on paper that has a confined space.
Here are a few samples for you to help you as you celebrate some of our Presidents. While you are on Debra’s site be sure to sign up for her free note-booking samples!
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