As I have already said in my two posts this week about notebooking (here and here) one of the things that I like about notebooking is that it creates an opportunity for each of my individual children to record what THEY learn – not defined by me, not defined by their siblings, and certainly not defined by a writer of curriculum.

Most of the time our notebook pages reflect our conversations.  Our learning process goes something like this

  • Read a book
  • Talk about a topic
  • Think about it – ask questions, research, talk some more
  • Write about it

Our talking is as much a part of the process as reading and writing is.  Talking gives us an opportunity to test what we think we understand; it clarifies our thinking.  It also gives an opportunity to glean from others as we listen to what they are understanding or questioning.  Talking gives me, as the parent, an opportunity to teach more than just facts.

When we talk about the things we read we often end up discussing what God has to say about that particular topic.  We may look at government, or cultural issues as we study history, or discuss how we view God will change how we interpret the world around us, we may discuss the choices a character in our story makes, and if they line up with the Word of God or not.  There are so many opportunities in our regular lessons to discuss things that shape our beliefs and our character.

There are therefore, two types of information

  1. Information about the world – the facts
  2. Information that comes from knowing Jesus – wisdom

Which means there are two types of notebook pages that my children can create

  1.  Something that reflects the facts – knowledge of this world
  2. Something that reflect wisdom – something that will shape their heart (beliefs, character, inner being)

As the parent/teacher it is good to keep these two distinctions in mind and make sure that our children are working on both.

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