My Favorite Helpful Links for Getting Started with Notebooking

I have been getting so many messages asking me for more information about Notebooking.  I do plan to follow up with more posts about how we implement Notebooking into our homeschool, but I also wanted to share some links that I have found very helpful.  The majority of these links are from NotebookingPages.com because I honestly find the site to be one of the BEST sites for starting with Notebooking, especially if you don’t know anything about Notebooking and are interested in learning what it is all about and why you should even consider using it as a tool in your homeschool.

This is the site that truly inspired me and motivated me to really jump into Notebooking as a daily habit over the past year.   Debra is full of wisdom and inspiration!

My Favorite Helpful Links for getting started (and continuing) with Notebooking from NotebookingPages.com

The Doom and Gloom of Homeschooling (Part 1)

Are you experiencing burn-out?  Has homeschooling become more of a chore than something you enjoy with your children?  I love how Debra expresses the transparent truth so many of us live – homeschooling is HARD but there is hope.

3 Homeschooling Myths that Trapped Me (Part 2)

Here Debra talks about the traps that held her – “I just need to find the right homeschool method”, “I just need to find the right homeschool curriculum”, and “My homeschool just needs better time management.”

Can any of you relate to believing these lies?  (I can…)

Victory over Busywork, Boredom, and Burnout (Part 3)

Narrations and Notebooking are a winning combination, this post discusses the whys and hows.

Tutorial #1 – Change Your Mindset

What is busy work and how is it hindering your homeschool?  Identify the busy work and set it aside…

Tutorial #2 – The Glue that Makes it All Stick Together (Narrations)

What are narrations and how do they benefit the homeschool?  This is a super detailed post covering all things narrations.  (This site is seriously so amazing…!)

Tutorial #3 – Time for Notebooking

This is an AWESOME post that covers questions like, “What is Notebooking?” and also shows a typical day with reading, narration, and notebooking.

Copywork and Notebooking

A great post all about how to implement copywork into Notebooking.

Notebooking with a Structured Writing Plan

This article includes tips on how to approach writing within a Notebooking structure.  This is very Charlotte Mason friendly, so, of course, I love it.  This post talks about the importance of Oral Narration, how to approach Copywork and and Artwork.  It also touches on the movement from Oral Narration to Written Narration and how to develop from sentence writing to paragraph writing within the Notebooking method.

Language Arts Notebooks

Ideas for using Notebooking for Language Arts (copywork, poetry, etc.).

“Our Story” Video from Debra Reed

If you are feeling tired, burned out, exhausted of the grind of homeschool curriculums and methods that aren’t really working – you need to watch this video.  (Or, rather, listen to it…)  Some super inspiring words from a Mama of 10 here…

I truly hope these links will be as helpful to you as they have been to me.


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  • serenity

    Thanks so much and looking forward to your future posts concerning notebooking. About copywork- what age would you suggest children start? From your experience, will copywork make a young child hate writing? And what should children start with, the alphabet and numbers? And one last question, if you did copywork and AAR 1 at the same time, would it get in the way of the child's ability to read, or will it be 'too much' for the child?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Cassandra

      Hi! Hm… these are great questions, and I'm note sure I'm qualified to answer them! What I can do though, is share what has worked for us. Copywork should never make kids 'hate writing'. It is actually really gentle and is given at the appropriate age/amount ratio. Actually, our kids do very little copywork daily (a few sentences), but over time, done every day, it adds up! 🙂 For us, we started simple copywork with numbers and letters (how to form them). We started when the kids showed they were ready/interested. About age 5 ish? It was different for each child… our youngest took longer to be 'ready' for printing but was putting together adult difficulty Lego sets at 5… so… they all have different giftings, eh? We actually do use the words from AAR Level 1 for a 'word book', which is a form or early dictation. The child looks at the word, studies it, you'd already learned to read it (we started at the beginning once we completed the course) and now he is slowly adding them into his 'word' book… I really love Draw Write Now for Copywork… there are also TONS of free copywork printables on Pinterest. Or, simply pick a few easy sentences from books you are reading or poems and voila – copywork. Start slow and easy and work your way up. 🙂

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