less busywork & more learning

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. . . with less time, less money, and more confidence!

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Homeschool Quick-Start Guide

Take the stress out of learning! Whether you're a new homeschooler or a 20-year veteran, our step-by-step guide will teach you how to make learning more effective, engaging, enjoyable, and easier!

Our Homeschool Story

I struggled with homeschool overwhelm for six years before I found our cure. The answer was not a new method, a better curriculum, or a more organized schedule. I'd love to share our story.

Notebooking Pages

Keep busywork out of your homeschool with 1000s of ready-to-go notebooking pages and apps.  All the notebooking pages you could ever need plus tools for making custom pages!

...he LOVED doing it!!! It made the whole experience SO MUCH more of a learning experience...

I just started homeschooling my 5-year old son for kindergarten this year. I'm new to homeschooling, and we are going through a charter school - so we are given a curriculum and assignments. But I have been frustrated with the curriculum and textbooks, and my son has been less than enthusiastic with the number of worksheets and "busy-work" and I was beginning to feel like I was killing his natural love for learning. Here I had this incredible child who is already reading on a 5th grade level, doing end-of-1st grade math, and yet he was starting to hate "school." I felt like I was failing. I started researching online for other homeschooling ideas, and came across the whole notion of notebooking, and it immediately appealed to me. It seemed so much more flexible than the curriculum we were assigned now, and it seemed like my son would be actually learning more than when he's just filling in blanks or drawing lines from pictures to words on worksheets.

My first trial was with one of the science notebooking pages. I printed the one with space for 3 pictures and then primary-lined writing area. We did a science experiment, and rather than just DO it, like we normally would have, after the experiment, I had my son draw pictures of the stages of the experiment and asked him to write a sentence about what he learned - and he LOVED doing it!!! It made the whole experience SO MUCH more of a learning experience, and even though it's been a couple weeks, he's STILL talking about it! Even though he generally dislikes writing, he truly enjoyed that experience, and I hope to have many more like it!! Thank you for opening a whole new world to us!!

Jen Clark in California

Homeschool mom ... does any of this sound familiar?

Our curriculum isn't working.

How to homeschool multiple children and NOT lose my mind?

I want to give my children a more personalized education.

I need an easier way to keep track of what we are learning.

We're not getting enough done.

There are so many homeschooling option... curricula, philosophies, methods.  How do I choose the right one(s) for my family?

My children aren't motivated...
and neither am I.

My child hates writing.

How do I make learning more enjoyable without having to prod them along all the time?

How do I help my older kids be more independent?

I need to simplify our day.

There has to a better way than all of these dreaded worksheets.

We need more variety.  We are all SO bored and can't wait for the "school day" to be over.

Nothing seems to stick!

I would love to add more fun to our day, but how and WHEN?

I need to get organized!

I'm tired of wasting money on resources we never use.

I want my children to LEARN, not just pass a test and forget it.

proDUCTIVE vs. BUSY ... HOMESCHOOLER
WHO ARE YOU? who do you want to be?

I was the worn-out, stressed and busy homeschooler.  


Homeschooling wasn't working out like I envisioned. I felt like a slave to the curriculum I purchased (not just one, but many).  Each day I pushed myself and the kids through the lessons, but ended up feeling like a failure whether we finished the lessons or not.  


If we didn't finish the lessons, that equaled failure.  If we DID finish our lessons, it came at the cost of spending a WHOLE DAY being busy with school, not finishing until the late afternoon or early evening. This meant no time for spontaneous play or fun or learning.  Instead, it meant pure exhaustion for everyone.  So, yes, that was failure too.


After about 6 years of suffering schooling this way, I stumbled across some new tools for learning. Let me be clear.  This was not about adopting a new homeschool method or a new homeschool curriculum or even a new homeschool schedule.  I did all of those things MANY times over in those first six years.


I was introduced to 3 tools that helped me:

  • shift my mindset, from that day until now.
  • cut the busywork from our day, ruthlessly.
  • take the reigns of our homeschool, with confidence.

In a very short time, things turned completely around for us.


Learning became more engaging, more effective, more enjoyable and easier.  


Instead of feeling like a failing, stressed and busy homeschooler, 
I became a confident, relaxed and productive homeschooler.
Or as I like to refer to myself and those who join us on this journey:

... a ProSchooler

Debra Reed
mom of 10
Productive Homeschooling
founder & creator

My name is Debra Reed.  I began homeschooling in the year 2000 and will continue, Lord-willing, until 2028 (with my own kids anyway).  I am the mom of 10 children.  What I share with you on this site comes from a place of wide and varied experience in the aspects of homeschooling, parenting, and marriage within a blended family. I am not by any means a perfect homeschooler, nor a perfect mom, wife, or friend, but I promise to be a real one and share the truth of my experiences.


After 13 years of running my previous site homeschool site NotebookingPages.com,  it was time for a small shift and so here we are at Productive Homeschooling.  I've brought along most of my notebooking pages collections and will continue to share the tools we use and create.  However, I will also share more of my developing story as a homeschool (and for some seasons, public school) mom, a remarried mom and veteran's wife, an adoptive-biological-step mom, and a woman, who only by the grace of God, can share encouragement with you for your own wide and varied homeschool journey.  


I am not an expert, but instead an experienced friend, a pro at knowing my own kids and what has and has not worked for our journey (thus far).  I will come alongside you with our story and the tools and apps I use and have created to become a confident, relaxed and productive ProSchooler.  I pray it's a blessing to you.

Alex turtles notebooking
Jessie high school science notebooking
Free Homeschool Resource Hub

free HOMESCHOOL resource hub

The Free Homeschool Resource Hub is the place to get acquainted with the type of resources available in our ProSchool Membership program.

Inside the Free Homeschool Resource Hub, you will find free homeschooling printables, free notebooking pages, and content from our homeschool help guides. 

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These pages make our school day fun exciting and different every day!!!

I am a new homeschooling mom and I wanted to make our homeschool different than anything my kids had ever seen. In school they had busy work and nonsense questions that didn’t challenge them at all. Now, after a year of creating wonderful, engaging notebooks on many subjects, they now create their own pages and ask me to notebook everything from a recent family vacation (complete with pictures and drawings) to a great recipe we created (they are writing their own cookbook). These pages make our school day fun exciting and different every day!!! Thank you Debra!!!

Lisa