Support and Encouragement for moms in the areas of homeschooling, budgeting, breastfeeding, and other things related to parenting. Menu plans, recipes, and product reviews too. Follow along with me on our homeschooling journey.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Schoolhouse Crew Review: NotebookingPages.com
*this post contains affiliate links
Have you ever stumbled upon a resource for your homeschool that you didn't know you needed but once you had a chance to try it can't imagine not having it? When NotebookingPages.com appeared on our vendor list, I wasn't that excited about it. I had heard of it many years ago when I first started homeschooling but never really used it and had no idea their selection of pages was so large. Now that I have had an opportunity to try out Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership, I can't imagine not having it in our homeschool!
Debra Reed, homeschool mama of 10 children started looking for a better way to homeschool her children after 6 years of frustration. She wanted them to delight in their studies and not forget what they had learned immediately after she finished teaching it. Notebooking was the solution to her problem and out of her desire to help other homeschool moms find joy and freedom in their homeschool she developed NotebookingPages.com.
What is notebooking anyway? Notebooking is a child's homeschool journal. It usually has 2 different components: visual and written. Rather then having your child fill in the blanks on a test or worksheet to show what they know, they choose what kind of information to include. They can include a picture of their choice and write the facts that they found interesting on a subject. They can include maps, quotes, photos, timelines, or any thing else they found interesting. There are so many different ways to notebook! You can use notebooking with or without a curriculum. You can choose to make a separate notebook for different topics being covered, or make a notebook of everything your child has learned throughout the year. Notebooking can be used with a wide variety of ages from preschool all the way to high school.
NotebookingPages.com has done all the work to make your notebooking journey easy. On their site you will find 1000's of pages ready to be printed out. You will find pages in topics such as:
Famous Men and Women
Basic Lined Pages
Plus many more!
You can sign up for a free sampler with 100's of pages for you to print out, tutorials to help you start notebooking, and homeschooling/notebooking tips.
The Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership gives you access to all of the notebooking pages that are currently on the site plus all future products and updates. You can choose to make a one time payment of $97 or a four month payment plan with the first month costing $10 and the next three months $29.
One thing I have learned about myself over the last several years of homeschooling is that I am TERRIBLE with subscription things. I never feel like we end up using them enough to justify them. And when it gets close to the time they are running out I feel like I rush, rush, rush to try and get my money's worth. I also have in the last 5 years had two computers crash on me causing me to loose everything I had saved on my computer that I had purchased online. So sad! I am talking about all of this because two of the biggest pluses for the Lifetime Membership for me came before I even had a chance to look through the products. First, it is a Lifetime Membership. I don't have to feel like I didn't get my money's worth or that we are rushing to use it before our time is up because it is never up. Second, if the computer crashes I do not have to worry because I can just log into my account and everything is there for me!
I also love that there is so much to choose from!! I listed some of the different topics above but there are many different choices under each main topic. There are also many different styles for each page. There are pages that have a full page for writing, pages that have a full page for drawing, pages that have a picture to color plus boxes for drawing and lines for writing. There are pages with regular writing lines and also pages with the middle dotted line for younger writers. If you can't find a page with a subject you are looking for you can choose from the large selection of any study pages or 3D notebooking pages. There really is something for everyone for any type of study.
I printed out several of the flower pages for my girls ( 5 and 7) because they love flowers and love learning about flowers. Emmie was happy to just color the flower while Lily likes to color and draw her own. Lily is working on a Nature Notebook and the flower pages have been a great start for it.
The boys enjoy learning about insects, reptiles, and snakes. I printed out some pages on a gila monster for them and some blank insect pages that they could draw in and write about whatever insect they wanted to. We went to a 4 h contest and listened to 4 different talks about insects so they have been making pages for the insects they heard about.
I printed out some of the ABC pages for Emmie to work on writing her letters. She loves drawing pictures and practicing the letters.
We also printed out the U.S. flag pages to finish up a study we had been working on this year and I made some handwriting pages for the children to practice writing their names in print and cursive.
I have looked through many of the other sections. The geography pages are amazing. There are so many topics you could cover. We just finished a 50 state study and I wish we had had these pages then! I also looked at the artist study pages, famous people pages, different history topics, human anatomy pages, dinosaurs, birds, and more. I have spent a lot of time on this site! The drawings on the pages are high quality and I am very impressed with the overall look of the different pages.
One of the things my boys need to work on is writing. They are reluctant writers that really need work on basic writing skills. For the rest of the summer I am going to have them choose a topic and print out a page for them to draw and write facts that they find interesting. Emmie will continue to work on her ABC's and Lily her Nature Notebook. Next year the curriculum we are using has the children write different Bible verses to help with memorization. Instead of putting them in a spiral notebook, I am going to have them use the notebooking pages. We also are going to use them for our geography study, copywork, history and science topics that we cover in our curriculum. The possibilities are endless.
To see what my Crew Mates had to say, stop by the Crew Blog!
*this post contains affiliate links. I only form affiliate relationships with companies whose products I actually use and can recommend!