Simply Charlotte Mason Homeschooling - Charlotte Mason Notebooking

Some of you have asked about notebooking and whether that is a Charlotte Mason method. It’s a good question, and the answer all depends on what you’re thinking of when you think “notebooking.” For some people, notebooking is like scrapbooking. You tuck postcards and maps, stickers and photographs, pamphlets and articles from magazines on the […] Charlotte Mason Notebooking originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.

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Welcome to the simply Charlotte Mason podcast. I'm so new shaver. Some of you have asked about notebooking and whether that is a Charlotte Mason method. It's a good question and the answer all depends on what you're thinking of when you think notebooking for some people. Notebooking is like scrapbooking you tuck postcards the maps and stickers and photographs and pamphlets and articles from magazines on the pages and put them in an attractive arrangement.

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For some notebooking is more of a portfolio you include samples or pictures from all kinds of assignments that your child has completed book reports board games. Jigsaw puzzles movie reviews paper dolls, flattened papercraft posters diagrams and science experiments.

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For other people notebooking is a collection of worksheet type assignments. So the child completes word puzzles or does a cut and paste style mini book or coloring pages or fill in the blank guides any kind of pre printed sheet with step by step instructions for the child to completed.

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But none of those descriptions of notebooking accurately reflects the notebooks that Charlotte Mason used with her students Charlotte's students use notebooks in a variety of subjects. They had a nature notebook a book of centuries a math notebook and a book of motos plus notebooks for beginning reading and writing and spelling but all of those notebooks had one thing in common. They were all blank.

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The students began with a blank journal and an idea record what your learning give it your full attention and do your best work?

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It was no busy work. No uniform step by step instructions to make each student's Page. Look just like everyone else has what those notebooks became what those pages were going to look like was up to each student. Now the teacher might give some guidance, but the notebooks became a personal reflection of each student's knowledge.

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You see blank pages require the learner to think more deeply from all of those ideas that I've been reading or observing or thinking about what exactly do I want to put on this page. How do I want to word it? What do I want it to look like?

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giving the student the scope of a blank page offers countless options for creativity and for the child individual personality to shine through

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it also requires deeper thinking then if he's simply filling in the blanks on a pre-printed page are following step by step instructions to cut and paste and color just like so

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and it's also supporting a very important habit the habit of self-education a person who's learned how to read or observe for himself and then record his ideas and observations from that learning can continue to do that for the rest of his life. He's not dependent on others to tell him what he should be writing or drawing or remembering he has the tools he needs for self-education and if a student can practice those skills use those tools of self-educating all the way through his school years, they will become a habit and he will naturally develop fluency in self-educating.

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That's why Charlotte's notebooks for blank. Let me give you a quick rundown of how each notebook that I mentioned was used in a Charlotte Mason education the nature notebook with a blank journal with sick paper that could support painted illustrations. The child was required to record what he personally observed about different nature friends and trees could be made in writing If the child was unable to do the writing himself the parent or teacher could do the writing as the child dictated what he wanted to say.

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The entries could also be made in drawing or painting.

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These notebooks became personal records of each child growing relationship with nature.

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The book of centuries was a timeline Journal it had the dates across the top of the pages and the older students would create their own Century at a glance table. The blank pages were for recording key people and events that the students came across in their reading assignments as they flipped to the appropriate pages and field in different people or events. They formed their own connections as they noticed the people and events that were already recorded their look at that Jonah went to Nineveh about the same time as the first Olympics were held in Greece.

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Each student can also enter pertinent milestones and trace the history of a personal interest or hobby. Perhaps she's interested in fashion or furniture or architecture or trains, but she can add sketches of what that item. Looks like in each Century personalizing her book of centuries even more.

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The math notebook was full of blank grid paper, especially in the elementary years. Most of the math was done orally once the student demonstrated that she had grasped the concept. She was allowed the privilege of recording one of the problems in her math. Notebook after she had salted the amount of writing was increased as the student progressed.

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In this way the best notebook became a record of each student's personal growth and arithmetic and using grids. It's a brilliant idea grids help the student keep the numbers neat and keep place values aligned and the grid size can be adjusted to fit your students handwriting ability as she grows.

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A book of motos sometimes called a commonplace book with a journal that the older students created from their reading and encouraged them to stay engaged in the reading and to look for ideas and quotations that stood out to them those quotations or excerpts were to be transcribed into their books of mottos against the journals started out blank and became a personal reflection of the ideas that struck each child individually the teacher would simply check to make sure that at least two lines had been written into that journal each week, which lines were added was up to the student.

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You see how this practice also sets up a mindset of self-educating and encourages it to become a habit.

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The beginning reading notebook with called my word book. It was a blank journal in which the parent would record the words that the child had learned how to read it was like the child's treasure chest of words that he knew again a personal record of that child individual growth and learning and then the hand writing and spelling notebooks are similar. They were journals in which the students wrote their copywork and transcription and dictation passages as they progressed through those stages.

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As you can see Charlotte Mason notebooks or nothing fancy. Nothing that requires a lot of preparation on the teachers part yet. They can become cherished records and beautiful reflections of each child's personal growth and development that important habit of self-educating. That's notebooking. The Charlotte Mason way. This is just a brief overview of Charlotte Mason style notebooking. If you would like to learn more about each of the notebooks, I described check the links in the show notes, you'll find links to blog posts videos and other resources that will help you get started and enjoy Charlotte Mason's brilliant notebooks.

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