When I posted this photo on my Facebook page a few weeks ago it sparked some questions about how we do notebooking for history. It’s almost not worth an entire blog post on it’s own because my approach is really simple and a little bit hands off. I’ve been using the notebooking method for history, science and religion for many years now and it has made the learning a great deal more interesting and enjoyable for the kids but it’s more of a part-of rather than the entirety of how we do any one subject
This year we are studying the Middle Ages. I cycle history beginning with Creation up to and including the Industrial Revolution throughout the elementary years. This way everyone usually hears it all twice and then high school is for more in depth studies and covering modern history. Modern history is also covered most days at the dinner table, in the car and whenever I can get a discussion going.
For resources I use a variety of spines depending on what we are studying and what my workload is for that particular time. My workload now is very heavy so we are relying on lots of read-a-louds, copywork and some independent study by the older children.
The lesson plans from RC History provide wonderful booklists, coloring pages, different pages with which to do saint reports, culture charts, and other nifty things. This all goes in the notebooks, in addition to maps, timeline notes,
and pages from Notebookpages.com. I have invested in the lifetime membership there and use the pages for a variety of subjects. There are still many free resources available and you can buy things individually as well.
So that’s about it, it’s not complicated. As we study we include things we like and enjoy in the notebooks. The coloring usually happens while I read aloud (currently Big John’s Secret) and the copywork assigned weekly.
I’d love to hear anyone else’s notebooking ideas.