Dear Homeschool Mom,
Ready to homeschool without the
Busywork? Boredom? Burnout?
It doesn't matter what curriculum you use, what method you follow, or how many children you have.
I wanted them to enjoy learning.
After 6 years of homeschooling, I knew I wasn’t giving my kids the 'best of the best'. I didn’t want them to turn out like me: a great student who 20 years later, with high school and college diplomas in hand, doesn’t remember much of anything taught. I wanted the knowledge to stick. I wanted them to enjoy learning. And ... I wanted our days back!
DEBRA REED // ProductiveHomeschooling.com
Homeschooling mom of 10; homeschooling since 2000
It's your turn to
Make learning memorable & enjoyable.
It doesn't have to be complicated ... just 3 simple tools.
3 Essential Tools
#1 Interesting Books
Choose books that draw you in, paint a vivid picture of the history, the story, or topic studied. Choose books written by authors whose excitement for their field of study shines through in their writing.
#2 Art of Narration
Narration in its simplest terms is telling back what you read, heard, or experienced. There are a variety of ways to "tell back" ... verbally, in writing, a drawing, drama, creating something physical, etc.
#3 Grand Finale ... Notebooking!
With notebooking, your child creates a unique, personalized notebook compiled of his narrations, reports, drawings, personal insights, observations, copywork, maps, photographs of artwork or models he has built, and whatever else he would like to add. This notebook (or binder) is a scrapbook of learning experiences written and illustrated by your child.
ENGAGING, EFFECTIVE, ENJOYABLE LEARNING
When you combine these 3 tools and use them consistently, you provide a more engaging, effective, and enjoyable learning experience than your traditional textbook/worksheet/test approach. You're not limited to a particular curriculum. You can choose your own studies and your own books.
Using these 3 tools together builds active listening, effective communication, and deeper thinking skills.
- Engaged reading & active listening skills
He spends time in a book that's interesting and engages his mind. He knows at the end of his reading he will give an account for what he read, so he becomes more disciplined in his focus.
- Effective communication skills
After reading, he will tell or show someone what he has read using his own words. Seems easy, but this is definitely a skill that takes practice.
- Deeper thinking, organization, creative, & writing skills
He assimilates what he's learned and then creates his own unique piece of visual and/or written content to add to his notebook.
The more he uses these tools, the more skilled he becomes at
- extracting important information.
- synthesizing information with his opinions and previous experiences.
- organizing what he’s learned and teaching it back.
Your child becomes a storyteller, a teacher, even an expert.
He won't quickly forget what he's studied over the years. And if needed, he'll have his collection of treasured notebooks to jog his memory.
Notebooking develops priceless
skills in your children.
HOW MUCH TIME does this add to our day?
This approach does not add more to your day.
It's going to free up time in your day!
Cut out the busywork that's not working and replace it with notebooking.
Our ProSchooling Quick-Start Guide will lead you step-by-step.
Notebooking takes less time and
makes a longer lasting impression than your current busywork!
notebooking before & after
"I DON'T REMEMBER what I learned."
"Let me SHOW YOU what I learned."
what if my child hates writing?
Notebooking can be a lifesaver for the child that hates or is reluctant to write. Let him choose a topic he loves and send him off to the library to search for books on this topic.
- For one of my sons, it was DINOSAURS.
- For one of my daughters, it was FROGS.
- For an older child, it may be a hobby, a favorite literature series, a particular topic in science or event in history.
Often times, just skimming through our topical notebooking pages collections provides a good place to start.
After spending time in his books, ask him to (narrate) tell you about what he learned. If this is truly his passion, then he will likely have lots to tell you!
Ask him to write about:
- What he found most fascinating.
- The new things he learned that he didn't know before.
If he needs some help framing out these ideas, GREAT!
Little by little, build from one sentence to two, from two sentences to a paragraph, from one paragraph to several, etc.
One day at a time, one page at a time, he builds this first notebook. He creates a cover page. He begins adding other interesting tidbits: maybe a list of interesting facts and figures, a poem or song about his topic, a quote from a famous person, maps, a timeline. He can add anything related to his topic.
His notebook takes shape, he takes pride in his work, and soon enough...
a more confident writer is born!
You are not limited to a curriculum plan or scope & sequence.
Your child’s interests can provide the content.
Notebooking provides a natural and unintimidating way to develop
research, organization, and writing skills.
what about high school?
TESTS? TEXTBOOKS? TRANSCRIPTS?
Notebooking is AWESOME for high school students!
This process of reading, narrating, and notebooking builds deeper levels of thinking in your child. We don't want to hang this up at the high school level. This is where years of preparation begin to pay off.
I understand the pressure to dot your i’s and cross your t’s with high school children. Some book and curriculum choices may be out of your control. So what if that is you? Or what if you want to use textbooks or curriculum that's not as interestingly written?
Here’s our experience. Without notebooking, my high school kids actually did very well with textbooks and the typical chapter reviews and tests. However, a week or two after finishing the chapter, they would mysteriously forget most of what they "learned". Sound familiar?
This was the proof I needed to keep notebooking through high school. We use notebooking with the textbooks!
They notebook the chapters and skip any worksheets and busywork type assignments. At the end of the chapter, they take the test for our high school records. There is a HUGE improvement in their retention, PLUS they now have an awesome reference notebook.
Notebooking is not limited to writing summaries or narratives. In the younger years, most of the writing is in narrative form. However, in the middle years and especially in high school, we include more essays, research reports, literature analyses, persuasive writing pieces, etc.
Not everything they add to their notebook has to be a formal writing assignment either. Use the notebook as a way to organize notes, collect research, build a portfolio, journal, sketch, brainstorm, mind map, etc.
Notebooking in high school provides a great way to document learning and make learning count.
Don't compromise a meaningful education
for a well filled out transcript!
Our end game is not a high school diploma.
Our goal is to develop mature, independent life-long learners.
If you're struggling . . .
with busywork, inconsistency, a lack of motivation, feelings of failure
And you want . . .
to transform your homeschool
with interesting books, narration and notebooking
And you need . . .
a solution that is EASY to execute,
FLEXES with real life, and
provides VARIETY for your whole family
Let me introduce you to . . .
the membership program, printables, and tools
we built with you in mind.
The ProSchool Membership is a library of 1000s of downloadable notebooking pages & printables plus homeschool helps created to help you be more confident, relaxed and productive in your homeschool.
Our ProSchooling Quick-Start Guide shows you step-by-step how to gently transition from busywork to using the 3 tools mentioned above (interesting books, narration, and notebooking).
This is not a curriculum or curriculum plan. However, many members use our library of topical notebooking pages as their guide through many studies. You can use our notebooking pages with a curriculum or without. Our family does both.
You have complete freedom when you use notebooking!
Notebooking frees you to learn effectively with whatever resources you choose to use for your studies.
The ProSchool Membership makes it all easy to implement.
Art Study * Bible * Copywork * Character Study * Famous Men & Women * Geography & Maps * History of the Ancient World, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, and Modern Times * Holidays * Literature Study * Music Study * Nature Study * Science * Timelines * Word Study * and more!
Lots of samples below!
MEMBERSHIP FEATURES & BENEFITS
With our notebooking pages, your child’s work will shine and take center stage.
MEMBERSHIP Questions & concerns
Can’t I make my own notebooking pages?
Yes, you can. However, we have spent thousands of hours since 2006 creating this HUGE collection of topical pages. I know how much work it is. I know how much time is lost to stop in the middle of a lesson to design page(s) on the fly to fit each of your children. Those few minutes easily turn into 10-15 minutes or half an hour … for each lesson/topic. Our collection has 1000s of topics READY-TO-GO. Type the topic in the search feature and instantly you are redirected to those pages. And if we don't have a specific topic ... you can easily generate a custom topic in less than a minute with our members-only (included) Page Generator program. More details below.
I don’t have time to try something new.
Is your current plan working for you? Are you spending time where it doesn’t count? Do you feel like your day is spent investing or wasting time? Notebooking replaces your time spent on busywork. The quality of time spent is an investment. An added bonus . . . you will likely finish the day earlier too.
I’ve put my kids through so many changes already … what if it doesn’t work out?
I understand. That’s why we offer a low-cost monthly option. You can test the waters and see the benefit for yourself before investing in our LIFETIME membership.
I’ve already invested so much money... I can’t afford to waste anymore.
Notebooking is not a fad. It’s not a curriculum. It’s a tool. Notebooking can be used with any curriculum (or without). Your choice! We offer the low-cost monthly option so you can test this out and see if it's for you. The lifetime membership option is a one-time investment that will last your family for YEARS. It can be used with your children AND your grandchildren. In the end, your membership will keep you from overspending on resources you do not need.
The ProSchool Membership makes notebooking:
SIMPLE * BEAUTIFUL * DO-ABLE
INCLUDES ALL OF THESE resources
The member library is filled with thousands of notebooking pages covering hundreds of topics.
NEW resources added each month!
In addition to notebooking pages,
the membership includes a growing library of homeschool helps,
such as our Productive Homeschooling QuickStart Guide.
ALL PURPOSE NOTEBOOKING PAGES
A to Z NOTEBOOKING PAGES
BIBLE NOTEBOOKING PAGES
CHARACTER STUDY NOTEBOOKING PAGES
COPYWORK NOTEBOOKING PAGES
FAMOUS PEOPLE NOTEBOOKING PAGES
GEOGRAPHY NOTEBOOKING PAGES
USA Study Pages
Country & Province Study Pages
HISTORY & TIMELINE NOTEBOOKING PAGES
HOLIDAY NOTEBOOKING PAGES
LATIN & GREEK WORD STUDY PAGES
LITERATURE STUDY NOTEBOOKING PAGES
SCIENCE & NATURE STUDY NOTEBOOKING PAGES
Wait! There's more!
LIFETIME MEMBERS RECEIVE 3 BONUSES
(Monthly & yearly subscription members receive only Bonus #1)
FREE BONUS #1 ... FOR ALL NEW MEMBERS
Join today at any level and your active membership includes
our online tool: ProSchool Generator.
We created this tool for our ProSchool Members because there are literally millions of topics your children could want to notebook about.
Using ProSchool Page Generator, within minutes, probably less than a minute ... watch the demo, you can generate a personalized set of notebooking pages on any topic.
No fuss. No wasted time. No limits.
- Choose your notebooking template from our library.
- Type your topic's TITLE.
- Upload your IMAGE.
- and click GENERATE.
Customized notebooking pages in less than a minute.
Watch a quick demonstration.
*This is an online program you use with your computer/laptop. An internet connection is required.
... I am LOVING the page generator!!!!!!!
Hi! I just had to tell you how much I am LOVING the page generator!!!!!!! I do not know why I didn't do this sooner?! I made an entire custom notebook page set for my son's Story of the World to go with each chapter. I love it, thank you!!!!!!!!!!! ...it really has been a life saver. Instead of searching for the right notebook page I can create my own! It is so easy and it literally only took minutes.
FREE BONUS #2 ... FOR ALL NEW LIFETIME MEMBERS
Join today at the LIFETIME level and your membership includes
12 months FREE access to our
online tool: ProSchool Publisher ($50 value).
ProSchool Publisher is a versatile online design and publishing tool we created especially for teachers and their students.
You (and your students) can use ProSchool Publisher to:
- type text directly to our notebooking pages
or any other PDF printables
- add images and clip art to notebooking pages & printables
- create and publish your own
notebooking pages & homeschooling printables
Start your project with any of these ...
- a template from the Publisher's default library
- a PDF printable you import from your computer
- a blank template (start from scratch)
ProSchool Publisher drag-and-drop editor makes it super easy to add text/headings, add your own images, add clip art from our available collection, mix-n-match pages from our templates and your own, copy/move templates from teacher to student accounts, and more!
Your project is saved to your account online. Download and print the project or come back later to edit or publish some more.
Your ProSchool Publisher subscription includes 1 Teacher and up to 10 individual student accounts.
Includes 5 Gigabytes of storage.
Watch a quick demonstration.
Need a quick handwriting or copywork page?
Want to type directly onto a PDF,
notebooking page, or other printable?
Other desktop programs too expensive or complicated?
Create anything you want!
*This is an online program you use with your computer/laptop. An internet connection is required.
FREE BONUS #3 ... FOR ALL NEW LIFETIME MEMBERS
Join today at the LIFETIME level and your membership includes
LIFETIME access to our sister site's planner membership:
Mom's Household Planner for ALL seasons ($24.95 value).
Mom's Household Planner for ALL seasons
As a special bonus, you receive a free membership to our sister site Mom's Tool Belt and the Mom's Household Planner for ALL seasons ... a themed home management binder system for moms who have their hands FULL.
- A large collection of customizable planner printables.
- Build a customized system ... take control of your household!
- Seasonal artwork ... new planner every 3 months.
- Not just a bunch of cute templates ... they are first and foremost functional.
- Includes future calendar updates.
- Unlimited access ... download as many times as you want!
COVERS, SPINES, & DIVIDERS
BIBLE STUDY & QUIET TIME
LISTS, LISTS, LISTS
ROUTINES (& CHORES)
TO DOs and more...
Read what our members have to say ...
...they can’t wait until the end of the day to share with daddy what they have been learning!
I initially signed up for the freebies to “test the waters” of notebooking. Wow! It has transformed our days!! My kiddos are excited to write (what?!) and seem to really be retaining what they are learning. They are so enthusiastic about their work and to top it off they can’t wait until the end of the day to share with daddy what they have been learning! I’m sold! We are now Lifetime Members! Thank You Debra!!
I was so thrilled to find a way to make sure they were retaining information, practicing their writing skills, improving their handwriting, all while having a good time.
I have 4 kids 8,8,4 & 3. When we started homeschooling 2 years ago I was so overwhelmed, trying to figure out how to make sure they retained what we learned. I was so thrilled to find a way to make sure they were retaining information, practicing their writing skills, improving their handwriting, all while having a good time. This was the answer! As I started notebooking I learning that even beyond being great for my 8 year olds, the little ones (4 &3) enjoying coloring, drawing and beginning their writing skills on the notebook pages as well! Now it’s a full family activity, and I am able to give each child a page that is at their level in the same subject! A total homeschool homerun!
My children were becoming masters of the material we studied!
I wish I could remember how I was initially introduced to notebooking. I believe I Providentially stumbled upon this website for it has been the springboard for major changes in our home.
After almost a decade of homeschooling, I knew what I wanted our schooling to look like, but at the same time I knew it was looking less and less like my vision. When I discovered these notebooking pages, I decided to use the freebies offered to try it out with my children. They didn't really notice a difference at first, so I began substituting some of our "independent" work with more notebooking pages. I was so pleased with the outcome. My children were becoming masters of the material we studied!
I was sold! I purchased the Notebooking Pages Membership during the Fall Sale and took advantage of the other bonuses offered. I asked for the Epi Kardia curriculum for Christmas and was again very pleased.
My children were not as optimistic as I was about starting "another new curriculum." I was so pleased yesterday to hear my oldest son comment, "Is this what we're going to do more of? This is really fun!" I am now spending time reading all those wonderful books with my children, exploring the volumes of creative notebooking pages for ways to express what we've learned, and sharing it all with excitement to Daddy when he comes home. What a blessing this has been for our family.
The key to our successful transition to notebooking was the wonderfully helpful emails that I received the first couple weeks after my registration on the website. Each email walked me through the process of incorporating these into our schooling. Without that I would have been too overwhelmed to know where to start. Instead it was an exciting process and a gradual (more permanent) transition.
Thank you again for blessing our family!
My only regret is waiting so long to become a lifetime member.
I have been using the “freebies” for some time. I have gotten a whole lot of mileage out of the lined papers and the science experiment papers. I have used several others as well. This is my 3rd year homeschooling, and although I use a curriculum, I use the pages to supplement what we are doing. In science, we use the experiment pages to take notes and create easy study pages. I use the history pages for the same purpose. However, I keep coming back to the site to find more pages as we advance in our studies. I am seeing so many exciting pages, for geography, anatomy, history that I kept longing for that weren’t freebies. I just jumped in today and purchased the lifetime membership, and my creative ideas are flowing. I can’t wait to use the pages in conjunction with our curriculum to enhance what we are learning, instead of just flying over the materials. My child gets excited about history, so now we can create a notebook of her favorite topics. The possibilities are endless! My only regret is waiting so long to become a lifetime member.
They are so proud of what they’ve produced and take pride in their work.
We first began using these materials last year, as we notebooked our way through the Old Testament. My children absolutely LOVE their notebooks. They are so proud of what they’ve produced and take pride in their work. I have 6 kids and we are homeschooling all of them. Many curriculum’s have add-on worksheet sets to purchase – but none are as high quality as those on your site. For a lifetime membership I will have materials ready to go FOR.THE.REST.OF.OUR.HOMESCHOOLING.YEARS!!!! X 6 KIDS!!!!
I love the materials. I love that we will have lasting evidence of what they’ve learned. I already love the idea that someday I will be able to show my GRANDCHILDREN what their parents accomplished in school.
The possibilities are endless.
The possibilities are endless. When I purchased my membership last year I was at the end of my rope. I was burnt out with homeschool. The kids were burnt out with the daily hassle of worksheets. Then I found the notebooking pages and I was hooked. We are using them with our current studies with Classical Conversations. We love this product. This saved my sanity in homeschooling my children. And now with the publisher, my girls and I are going to have a blast creating pages to go in our notebooks. And after watching the videos on the Book of Centuries and trying the template, I am super excited for this school year.
The notebooking journey has awakened something fresh and exciting in our school time.
The notebooking journey has awakened something fresh and exciting in our school time. I was struggling to 'organize' what the kids were learning in history and science and truthfully, just wanted to inject some FUN into those two subjects with minimal prep time.
I have found the templates from the membership collection to be outstanding help for each my 7 students--from my really creative children to my reluctant writers--and well worth the money we invested in it.
My children are pleased to see their history and science notebooks taking shape. With notebooking pages by their sides, they have created something to be really proud of!
...it can be used for so many different subjects and presentation formats.
I am a former public school teacher of 13 years. When I began homeschooling my children 2 years ago, I desperately wanted to find something that could help me create the kind of notebooks and folder books that I used with my public school children. I didn’t have to look far. When I found your site, I knew that it would be a perfect fit for our family! My children and I have absolutely loved using all aspects of the program. Their notebooks and folder books are filled with interesting and detailed information that they are proud to show to others and want to keep for future reference. I highly recommend it for all homeschoolers because it can be used for so many different subjects and presentation formats. I am very excited about being able to save information in the new teacher and student accounts! This takes Notebooking Pages to a whole new level!!
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!!!
Even my 15 yo, who isn’t required with the younger few, sat down and did notes!! Lots of notes.
I had heard about notebooking for years, but I just KNEW my kids weren’t that into taking notes. As we read history, for instance, I would mention things they needed to write down, and the response was moaning, groaning, and slow motion, then messy, if any notes. Last week, for science, I needed a skeleton page to label, and we had been studying the Explorers. I prayed, talked to my husband, and took the plunge. We purchased the notebooking membership to save my time. I immediately printed off an Explorers page, a map, and 2 explorers pages each. The pages were met with colored pencils, immediate attention, and almost excitement. Even my 15 yo, who isn’t required with the younger few, sat down and did notes!! Lots of notes. They were engaged, asked spelling, dates, and listened. The 6yo kept up with the others, and had the cutest notes ever!! I’m surprised, and SOLD on notebooking 😉
She is retaining more information than ever, and is even working above grade level.
This is our go to site for all our notebooking needs. My daughter especially loves the Publisher. This site motivates her to want to create and learn. She is retaining more information than ever, and is even working above grade level. We discovered Notebooking within months of beginning our homeschool journey, I couldn’t imagine educating any other way. My daughter wouldn’t want to learn in any other way.
Though my daughter has always been a good student, she wasn’t an independent thinker when it came to learning, unlike her older siblings. She just read what she was told, answered questions at the end of a chapter, and took a test. Then we began homeschooling in 6th grade, now approaching the end of 7th grade, my daughter actually makes out her own schedule of what she wants to read and Notebook on, she has taken initiative in her own education. She now has an interest in History, Classical Music, Art, Literature, and chooses topics most kids wouldn’t.
Like you, I had preconceived notions of the “perfect” homeschool education. I spent a great deal of money our first year on material she never even used. Then when I discovered notebooking, we invested in paper, art supplies, a comb binder, laminator and a library card. She is a happier student, I am a happier mom.
I think Notebooking should be an educational law. I apologize for my lengthy reply, but I have become not only passionate about Notebooking, but a huge advocate. Your site is easy to navigate, and offers a wide variety of subjects and topics. Though we follow a Charlotte Mason style curriculum, Notebooking truly will work with any style or methods of teaching.
...thank you so much for allowing me the freedom of not recreating the wheel!!!
After looking at the idea of notebooking for the last two years...we are DOING IT this year! I have looked at your site off and on as well as many others and even contemplated making my own pages for a million different topics but the realization that I came to every time was that the page I would create would be JUST LIKE what I see on your site! The details, the space to write, the different formats for different ages, the massive number of subject areas...the reasons are absolutely endless that I finally committed and bought my Lifetime membership to start using! We are so tired of book work alone and this has led all of to just dread school time and the threats of them having to get on that big yellow bus at the crack of dawn have been flowing more and more freely in our home! With 5 kids...4 of which will be school age this fall I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to introduce this into our schooldays! We can do so much more together and tie in everything I have always wanted to with Music, Science, and History! I am so excited for our new year again and I wanted to tell you thank you so much for allowing me the freedom of not recreating the wheel!!! Anyone on the fence, don’t wait as long as I did! Jump on in...it feels great!!!
...has inspired my children to learn, to explore, to be creative and to write!
What a blessing you are to so many homeschooling families! Notebooking is the answer to my prayers!
It seemed like our homeschool was lacking something. The workbooks were dry & boring or repetitive. I discovered your site a year ago, purchased a year membership & we started our notebooking adventure! We have slowly integrated it into our homeschool day & now we are ready to start using it with all of our subjects. It was hard to tell myself to put those workbooks & other materials we purchased out of site & stick with the notebooking. I can see the difference in my kids, they like school, they want to do more!
My children really enjoy being creative with their notebook pages. Notebooking is helping me to teach language arts to my children the natural way with out all the boring workbooks that sometimes bring tears. This method of homeschooling has inspired my children to learn, to explore, to be creative and to write!
My year membership just expired & I knew I had to purchase a lifetime membership this time around! I am looking forward to all of the awesome notebooks they will create in the future! The 3-D pages & the publisher look great! Purchasing a lifetime membership is one of the best investments we have made in our homeschool journey. Debra, thank you for all the love & time you put into this site to help the rest of us enjoy our homeschool journey!
This site has given me so many options. It has also enabled me to have more fun time with her and her brothers and not be so stressed over planning.
I was thrilled to find your site. I had been searching for different ideas to use with my daughter that are more creative. This site has given me so many options. It has also enabled me to have more fun time with her and her brothers and not be so stressed over planning. As a lifetime member I love the fact that future updates are included with no additional charge. I am getting ready to start the Colonial times with her and focus on the Revolutionary War so that she can understand why we have the freedoms we do today and why it is important to ensure that her children have them as well.
...saved me so much time and allowed us to really showcase all our homeschooling accomplishments ...
What an amazing resource notebooking pages has been to us! We began with the Bible pages to supplement our FIAR book studies. Now we use them along with Tapestry and our the timeline work.
The History packages exceeded all my expectations! The Explorers pages were such a fun addition to our World History study and now the American Presidents have really brought all our work together in an impressive and fun notebook that we can show to friends and family to highlight what our students are discovering on our learning journey.
The designs and quality are so impressive and effortless for me, the crazy busy mom, whether just using copywork pages or ongoing projects like our Nature Notebook and timeline. These products have saved me so much time and allowed us to really showcase all our homeschooling accomplishments in a fun, meaningful way for our family to tell a story about our adventures in learning. Thank you!
It allows for their creativity to flow ... Notebooking has been such a success for our homeschool!
I recently bought a membership and the way I homeschool has changed for the BEST! I am a four year homeschool mom who struggled trying to find a way to make learning come alive for my children (ages 4, 14, 17, 18). They are enjoying putting together notebooks. It allows for their creativity to flow and they can write down what they find interesting about a subject instead of someone forcing an interest on them. They also get to draw if they want or find pictures to place in the notebook. A lot of kids love to doodle! The membership saves me time by providing such nice pages. Notebooking has been such a success for our homeschool!
My son who I couldn’t get to write three consecutive sentences, suddenly wanted to write everything he’d learned..
Last year I hit the wall in my homeschool journey. My children were frustrated and so was I. We were not having the educational experience any of us wanted. I shelved everything for a month and went back to the drawing board. I am incredibly grateful to have found your site while slogging through the difficult ordeal of revamping our homeschool. I looked through the entire site. I watched the intro video. (I suggest everyone else do the same!) I signed up for the Freebies account, because while it all looked very promising, I didn’t want to spend the money until I’d tried this “notebooking thing.” Boy was I glad I did! I started a study of Chopin and Elephants with my children. They loved it! They loved the “neat pages” to write and draw on. My son who I couldn’t get to write three consecutive sentences, suddenly wanted to write everything he’d learned about elephants. They love using the notebooks I learned to make from the terrific “how to” articles that Debra has written. Suddenly, learning was enjoyable again. I have only one regret when it comes to notebooking, I wish I had known about your site sooner. I didn’t try notebooking earlier because it always sounded confusing and difficult. Debra and her wonderful site eliminated that concern. I’m thrilled to have access to pages on every subject I could possibly imagine. Thank you for this wonderful site. It is more than worth the price of subscription!
What a blessing it is to have all of these resources at my fingertips...
I have loved having access to all of your notebooking pages as a Lifetime Member. Paying for access to that was really a no-brainer for me. What a blessing it is to have all of these resources at my fingertips to print whenever I need....versus spending hours attempting to either create what I need or search for it on the internet. Your hard work has paid off to serve at least one family (although I know there are many more than just us!). THANK YOU doesn't seem like an adequate way to express our gratitude!
Thank you for saving me time and helping my kids learn in fun ways.
After many times of wanting to take the plunge, today I did just that. I bought the lifetime membership, and I’m so glad I did. I’m truly blown away by the pages and topics offered. It has got me revved up again and ready to dig in with my kids. I’ve already printed off pages and the kids have ran, dug out books and began researching so they can do their fun pages. Thank you for saving me time and helping my kids learn in fun ways. I believe learning that’s enjoyed is learning that stays. Keep up the good work and may God bless you for all your hard work. My kids ages are 15, 13, 9, and 8. They are all as excited as I am. The best part is I can print off the pages we need and take them with us everywhere we go.
...I am just LOVING the notebooking pages.
I purchased the complete set of notebooking pages last spring. It was my first purchase from your site and I never buy things on impulse like this. I knew as soon as I saw the samples that I wanted this.
We have used many of the Alphabet pages, and we also use the Nature Study pages. This month we are starting a study on ancient civilizations and I am just LOVING the notebooking pages. The pictures are great, very detailed and realistic and they are perfect for my little ones. I was worried that we would not be able to use a lot of these pages until they got older (they are in first grade and kindergarten) but we have already used a lot of them!
The Ancient Egypt pages we are using now are just beautiful, and my children actually enjoy writing when they use them. I even use the copywork pages for handwriting and spelling practice. It is much more fun to do their work on pretty pages!
It is even neater now that you have made this a membership, and I always look forward to the updates. I can't wait to use the A-Z Animals pages, I know my kiddos will go crazy for them!
Thank you SO much for all of your hard work. I recommend your pages to everyone I know who is homeschooling.
...it has completely changed our school for the better.
We are loving notebooking! Let me just say it has completely changed our school for the better. Now the girls are really excited to "do school". I was about to give up even though I knew it was what God wanted us to do. School was just drudgery. This has breathed new life into our home and days. How could something so simple provide such relief? If you can't enjoy what you are doing, then, what is the point? We are so happy to be notebooking.
Notebooking is great for him, they aid with recall, memory and he really enjoys them.
Thank you for the Lifetime Membership offer it is very affordable. Our son had a stroke, causing long and short term memory. Notebooking is great for him, they aid with recall, memory and he really enjoys them. They are easy to adapt to his level yet are still challenging enough for him. Education has not been easy but with the help of your site he is interested, and it frees up a lot of my time. Again Thank you and God bless
...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!!
...my children LOVE looking through their notebooks frequently and I LOVE to see concrete evidence that they are learning.
I cannot even begin to say how much your site has changed my life! Sound melodramatic? Perhaps, if anything, it is an understatement! After homeschooling our 2 older children through middle and high school and then starting from the beginning with the three younger ones (9, 6, 3) I was feeling overwhelmed and stagnant. I saw my children getting bored and frankly, so was I. How was I going to keep this up? I began praying for God to inspire me with a way to teach my children that would bring fun back into learning and would, at the same time, give me confidence that they were learning what they needed to. It was within a week that I stumbled upon (through God’s grace and love for his struggling children like me) Debra’s website. Of course, I did my own homework and looked into several other sites offering similar services, but NONE of them offered what Debra does; and to be honest, I don’t know HOW she manages to do it! If I tried to make my own templates I’d be so frustrated! (and I have tried in the past) This site allows me to have access to everything I need for school and print it off quickly without feeling like I wasted my time at my computer…time that could be spent delving into books with my children and having fun. I LOVE the new publisher feature that will allow my children freedom to create their own unique pages as they get older. I have to be honest, when we first started notebooking it was intimidating and scary for me…I wanted to DO it RIGHT…but that’s the magic in this kind of learning: there is no RIGHT way! I just think of it now like a journal of all the things we like to talk about. Pictures, drawing, writing, etc…my children LOVE looking through their notebooks frequently and I LOVE to see concrete evidence that they are learning. THANK YOU, THANK YOU Debra Reed for all your hard work (so we don’t have to!) and your excellent product!
...we started using Mystery of History and Apologia Science and found that notebooking worked great with both of them.
We started out with just doing notebooking for small projects and for the occasional handwriting exercise. I used to think it was one of those areas that our family didn't have time for or could afford. Then we started using Mystery of History and Apologia Science and found that notebooking worked great with both of them. I truly believe that my children have enjoyed both of those subjects more and have learned more than they ever would have if we had only followed the "traditional" textbook approach. Thank you for making the learning experience fun!
We benefit in so many ways from these pages and I appreciate NOT having to do the work!
We started out using the ABC books and have moved up as my children get older. We now use the history pages with our Story of the World studies. We use the science sheets to keep up with experiments with Apologia. One of the things I like most about the pages is that you can use them in so many ways and with so many programs! I love too that I can hop on and print out EXACTLY what I need…like the president pages that we used to study through all the presidents! Recently Debra added a program to write your own copywork sheets in CURSIVE!!! No more buying copybooks that “aren’t quite right!” Now I can make my own and have exactly what we need (with pictures too!!) I cannot wait to get started. We benefit in so many ways from these pages and I appreciate NOT having to do the work! 🙂
Even my non-writer is doing written narration for the first time without complaining!
The pages have really inspired my kids to do well and be proud of their work. Even my non-writer is doing written narration for the first time without complaining! I've also found the maps to be a great resource, the timeline . . . It has all saved me so much time!
Busywork was destroying our homeschool.
Notebooking has been a true Godsend for our family. Busywork was destroying our homeschool. My daughter is so excited. She woke up and did all her chores and completed her notebooking all by herself. She was hovering around the family table as we were preparing the notebooks asking,"When do we get to start this?" She could hardly wait. They have eleven notebooks a piece so far. They are all nearly crammed full. Listen to this please, when we went to Wal-Mart last for supplies, she got herself a new notebook and things to go in it and came right home and made herself a new notebook, not candy, not Barbie, but a beautiful notebook that she designed on her own. Thank you, thank you, thank you...
"Mom, are we going back to notebooking?! ...great because I remember so much more when we do that"
We have used notebooking in our homeschool for years but this past year my husband took a new job requiring us to move out of state. Moving can require a lot of a mom of five. I decided to trim down our workload and go as simple as possible. One of the things to go was notebooking. Now several months later we are moved in and trying to get back on track. My oldest daughter in her teens saw me looking at my account. She asked "Mom, are we going back to notebooking?!" I said I am planning to. She replied "great because I remember so much more when we do that" She proceeded to tell me about previous studies we had done and how fresh they still are in her mind because we used notebooking. I hope this is an encouragement to moms out there that are either considering notebooking or need to return it to their routine.
Notebooking has become an integral part of our schooling this year; we use them with our Sonlight history (to capture narration and related artwork), for our copywork/handwriting, and for science.
We first came across notebooking via an online homeschool newsletter that led us to YOU! We used a variety of your free pages to try out this new idea. In past years, we have primarily used oral narration to reinforce learning, but I wanted to capture some of that on paper this year, for record keeping. Enter your site. I took you up on your offer of the lifetime membership. When I opened up the file, I couldn't believe how many great options there were, always something available to tie in with what we are learning, and new great pages coming along throughout the year. Notebooking has become an integral part of our schooling this year; we use them with our Sonlight history (to capture narration and related artwork), for our copywork/handwriting, and for science. The kids are always excited to see what page is coming next, and we look forward to binding the pages at the end of the year into books! My kids have normally been rather averse to having to WRITE, much preferring the oral narration, but the wonderful pages, and the knowledge they are creating a book, make it more fun for them. And I feel more confident in my homeschooling than ever, because I have wonderful records of all we have accomplished- wonderful peace of mind! I have never been to any other notebooking-pages site, because I have always found everything and exactly what I needed HERE! Thanks for such a fabulous resource!
It has allowed me to have another area of rest!
Thank you for your program. It has allowed me to have another area of rest! My kiddos are self directed in their written narration but are still so very proud to show me their work!
These pages have saved me so much time over the years...
I’m a homeschooling mom of 4 children who are various ages. One child has moderate/severe ADHD. We’ve tried various ways of learning and found that notebooking and lapbooking was the most successful and the best received. We’ve been using these wonderful notebooking pages for years! Each time we begin a new unit, I simply log in to print the needed pages and we are on our way to another great learning adventure. These pages have saved me so much time over the years and I am truly grateful for all of your efforts. I always recommend these pages to friends and family!
...it is not until he sees their completed notebooks that he understands how hard they work, how much they learn and how much fun they have.
I would like to thank you for your hard work and sharing it with us to save us time. My husband is a very visual person and loves to see the girls (7 and 5) work. However, it is not until he sees their completed notebooks that he understands how hard they work, how much they learn and how much fun they have. Again, thank you for sharing your "treasures" with us.
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