Homeschool,  Narration,  Notebooking

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 Productive Homeschooling 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!


Here are some of my own Notebooking Posts:

Simplifying and Enriching our Homeschool with Notebooking -Part 1

Simplifying and Enriching our Homeschool with Notebooking -Part 2

Spiral-bound Notebooks for Planning


And here are some of my favorite links for getting motivated, starting, and continuing with Notebooking from Productive…

Debra shares very candidly about her homeschool journey and how she came upon Notebooking through a video right here.  She talks about why the combination of Narration and Notebooking unleashes such a wonderful relational, memorable learning experience.  This is such a beautiful way to share what children/teens are learning in their studies.  Notebooking is not new.  This is a timeless habit of recording narrations.  Love how Debra encourages us in this video…

If you are feeling tired, burned out, exhausted of the grind of homeschool curriculums and methods that aren’t really working – this is for you.  These are some super inspiring words from a Mama of 10 who has tried everything.



The WHY of Narration and Notebooking:

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.

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…)


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



I love the QUICK-START guide, which lays out the whys and hows of Notebooking


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

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…!)

Quick-start Guide 3 – Make Learning Memorable, Make Learning Last

This covers the basics of moving into the actual Notebooking aspect – and also shows a typical day with reading, narration, and notebooking.






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



You can also follow my Notebooking Pinterest Board where I’m always trying to add helpful links:
Follow Cassandra’s board Notebooking and Lapbooking on Pinterest.



Free Homeschool Resources (Notebooking Pages & More!)

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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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