My children hate to cut and paste. With a passion. It’s all my fault.
When I first started homeschooling I had no idea what I was doing. I thought homeschooling should look like school.
Where the hate came from:
So we started with workbooks from the dollar store.
The cute color, cut and paste ones.
And read. A lot.
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Then I found a cute online program called Letter of the Week. It is an amazing curriculum and has since improved. It was certainly a life changer but the “school at home” mom (that’s me!) tried to do everything every day. At that time I remember a lot of cutting, pasting, and gluing.
As time went on I started to look for other resources to add “fun” to our homeschooling. I stumbled across lap booking! Oh, the excitement! We did many lap books. Do you know what lap booking is? You guessed it, more cut, pasting and gluing. Which is awesome, IF your kids like that kind of thing. IF you are balanced and do other things too. Did I do that? Nah…cut, paste, glue.
My daughter started school and I found these beautiful engaging colorful math books. Singapore Math Primary . Did I mention you can cut out the activities and glue them on the right sheets?
Can you see where this is going? Yeah, you are right. No matter how much you love something if you do it day in and day out… it goes from fun to not fun fast!
And let me tell you, my son when he was super little, would color, draw, cut and paste for days on end. This child grew to HATE it! In fact, I would take out crayons and scissors and he would cry.
In an effort to add to the workbooks and textbooks we studied I would add in reading books, pretty notebooks to write in and more. I started creating borders for printed paper at home for them to write notes on as the plain white loose leaf was practical but boring.
Then I returned to work and no longer found the time to create these pages each week.
When I found Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool I felt overjoyed. This program saved my homeschool when I returned to work and that is not even close to an exaggeration. That was before I knew what to look for in a working mom’s homeschool curriculum.
But there was one thing we were not thrilled about.
Easy Peasy uses many lap books. My children hated cut and paste. What was I going to do?
First I had them make some of them, others they summarized what they learned and wrote paragraphs. I learned about sketch notes and that helped. However earlier this year I found the best thing ever.
Let’s see why I love them enough to include them on the list of must-have resources for the working mom.Notebooking Pages to the rescue! A cure for cut and paste @NotebookingPgs #ihsnet #homeschool Click To Tweet
What is Notebooking Pages?
Notebooking is today’s way of saying journaling. It tells a story of your child’s learning. With notebooking pages, your child can record what he or she is learning in their own words, showcasing their personality and learning to write in their own unique voice.
Notebooking pages have two elements, visual and written. As both of my children love to draw and write this works out great for them. Instead of just filling in the blanks, as with worksheets or workbooks, they get to choose what to tell you and explain it further by showing. Kind of like a show and tell.
Why I love Notebooking Pages?
As a working homeschool mom, time is not always in my favor. So when I discovered Notebookingpages.com, I was thrilled! Why? Because it has everything and it is easy to use.
Here is how it works:
Step 1: Go to Notebooking pages.com and sign up
Step 2: When you sign up you get over 600 free notebooking pages, that include everything! Basic Lined Set, Bible, A-Z, Famous Artists, Famous Composers, World Explorers, Copywork (Animal Themes), Ancient History, Nature Study (plants & animals),
… and 3 complete country sets: USA, Canada, & Australia!
Bonus: You also get free training emails that will be sent out to show you how to use NotebookingPages.com.
Step 3: If the pages you want are not the free resource list you can go to the “products” tab and use the search bar and enter what you want.
For example: We are doing chemistry and I wanted basic science pages. I searched and found Basic Science and Experiment Pages Tada! You will note that says that this pack e-set of basic science notebooking pages are great for reports, labs, experiments, and narrations. Included are basic pages come with both primary and regular lines and with a variety of layouts using our 3D template layouts.
You could also use 3D mini-books to add an extra dimension to these pages! (learn more about that here, and watch the video!)
Step 4: After you chose your pages, add to cart and choose how to pay.
Step 5: Check your email and be sure to check your spam folders, especially if you are using Gmail. Download and print off as many and as often as you like.
Of course, an alternate step is to buy the lifetime membership and then you skip the buying and downloading steps 😉
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How I have used Notebooking Pages.com:
So far we have used notebooking pages in several ways, such as:
Instead of book reports, my children draw and write on note booking pages, basic lined ones such as these.
For my daughter who does not want to learn an instrument (at the moment anyway), we plan on using these on Famous Composers.
So that is where we are starting!
I am excited and so far the kids haven’t gone running when I pull out a pretty notebooking page for them to do along with their lessons, and that is a huge change and a big win for me!