Notebooking is simply taking a piece of paper and recording the things that you’ve learnt. Here are 10 reasons I love notebooking:
- An easy transition from oral narrations and copy work to independent writing
- Adaptable to all ages (my expectations vary depending on the students abilities – not age)
- It is about the things that the kids learn/remember rather than predetermined information that I, the teacher determined as important (which means it will be in their long term memory stronger)
- It offers a context for learning to use the computer – for example: Microsoft Word, Publisher and PowerPoint and digital scrapbooking
- It can be adapted to varying degrees of creativity – Josh liked just writing and found his image on Google images whereas Naomi will spend an hour or two cutting paper, doodling with textas and many other artistic mediums.
- It offers a context to learn to use the internet – key word searches, scanning results, selecting the best few (and knowing when to stop looking), finding images, maps and considering copyright.
- It can be applied to either a short lesson or a longer term project that requires research
- It is easy for the kids to file their own work away – either in plastic sleeves in a binder, or glued into a scrapbook (they can do this themselves, which teaches them orderliness)
- A years worth of notebooking creates a meaningful record of what is learnt instead of creating tests to show for your progress
- You don’t have to plan any worksheets to fill in after a lesson or discussion – your children will create a meaningful representation of the lesson starting with a blank piece of paper.
More about Notebooking from my blog:
Today I’m linking with Many Little Blessing’s Top Ten Tuesday
– though there is no theme to all the links, there does seem to be a bit of a theme today – book lists!
Reading recommendations from other mums is a great way to find new titles for your family.