Last time I blogged about NotebookingPages.com I shared about my daughter and her sudden love for all things notebooking. Today I am going to talk about how we supplement various curriculum with the different pages from NotebookingPages.com. Now just so you know, Caleb is really starting to enjoy notebooking too. He is newly seven-years-old and wants to follow in his big sister’s path. Caleb is just finishing first grade, so for his notebooking we do a lot of narration/dictation and that means I write everything he tells me to write.
My son’s science curriculum is the perfect example of how we use NotebookingPages.com as a supplement. We are using a basic science curriculum called Earth Rocks that is really strong on printables for his Science Notebooking Journal. However, we add lots of hands-on exploration beyond the curriculum too, and I want Caleb to be able to record his finds and experiences in his journal.
Since we were studying sedimentary rocks the last few weeks, I went onto NotebookingPages.com in the membership section and looked under Nature Journal. Sure enough, I found a set of pages for Rocks and Minerals including several different pages for sedimentary rocks with different sized lines and layouts. I liked the layout with primary lines and a space for a picture or drawing best, so I printed multiple copies of that page and set them aside until they were needed.
For the last few days, Caleb has been up on the bank behind our house for hours looking for rocks to add to his growing collection. Every time he finds a prize, he brings it home to share with us and of course, I take pictures.
He has found some beauties! Today I printed out pictures of his favorites onto full sheet labels (four pictures to a page) and we stuck them to our sedimentary rocks pages. Then I had Caleb tell me what he liked about the rock, or what he thought about the rock or what he knew about the rock.
Once we finished writing his answers, I trimmed around the notebooking pages and we put them into his science journal using scrapbook tabs. The result looks very sharp and helps him remember some serious fun! He has so much fun exploring on his own and by building a page in his notebook centered on his exploration we help cement that exploration with knowledge and observation. This is delight-directed learning at it’s very best!
Here’s a close-up so you can see those pages better.