I’ve mentioned notebooking with my daughter several times now, and I wanted to share a little bit more of our story. Anna found a sudden passion for notebooking this year. She has blossomed into an avid lover of all things history, all things birds, and all things literature. I don’t know the exact moment it happened, but suddenly she wanted to create books or lapbooks about everything she learned! I don’t mind, because she needs practice writing, cutting, and taping anyway! I love the notebooking method and I get excited to create things as much as she does. We have a bird notebooking journal through our science curriculum, and we have done a few history pockets and literature pockets and even lapbooks. But the majority of our daily notebooking comes from material found at NotebookingPages.com.
Once we finish a project, I usually start the next by browsing around the membership section after the kids go to bed. I print out a few things and then have Anna look at what I have the next day. This week, she decided she was ready to tackle the California State History Notebook. You can find a state history notebook for each of the 50 states at NotebookingPages.com and we will tackle quite a few of them before we are done, since we move around often. This is the perfect time for her to study California, since she has finished up her Ancient History study this year and we won’t start the next section until Fall.
Anna chose to use the baby blue notebook that Caleb turned down, and we started assembling her California notebook. It will probably take us all summer to finish, and that’s just perfect! We will do a couple pages each day and only spend a few minutes at a time. Anna gets to research and find the answers, copy the answers onto her page, cut and tape the pages into her notebook, and color any pictures included on the page.
As you can see from the pictures, she forgot to read the description of the state bird and the state flower before she colored those pages, so they are not the correct colors. She decided she like them better that way! She also spent several minutes studying about the state bird using the iBird Pro app for iPod. Since she is all into birds right now, that app gets daily use and I love how it tied in so nicely with our NotebookingPages!
Here’s one of the things I love about the notebooking method. When we are all finished – Anna will have a precious keepsake instead of a bunch of crumpled paper to throw away! My kids all keep their notebook journals and lapbooks in their special boxes and save them for years! It will be so fun to compare how far they have come when they graduate from High School!
Here’s the thing. Right now is the perfect time to buy a membership at NotebookingPages.com. For a few more days, you can get a 50% off discount. That’s a huge discount, and you aren’t going to get your membership any cheaper then that. But I know you might be wondering why a membership is worth the price. If you are not sure, why not sign up for the free membership and try it out? You haven’t got anything to lose!
I love the free pages, and we started out using the free basic pages before I purchased anything. I still use that basic set all the time! Today, Debra has dozens of free pages you can try, including an entire section of really nice Bible pages and some beautiful character pages. So even if you walk away from here and you don’t want the paid membership, you should get the free stuff. Seriously.