I have done this with my kids since preschool but recently a neighbor noticed one of the books my kids had made and thought it would be good for her kids. Well, her kids loved it and she couldn’t drag them away from the table. So I thought I would share this here with you. No matter what grade your kids are in they are going to love this concept! They will have so much fun doing this they will forget they were learning. They will actually retain the information from their science and social studies better and faster because they are employing each of the seven learning styles. They are not just hearing or reading a lot of dry facts and dates. They are recreating those stories in their albums.
So how does this work? Well, kids have a harder time remembering something that is unappealing to them or seemingly irrelevant to their life now. Who wants to study a list of dates and names that sound as ancient as the dates they are associated with? But what if you could take a picture of said person, put it on your intro page, and then using your dates, pictures, and short captions, arrange them on coordinating scrapbook papers and stickers and those stories come alive. You can also use colored pencils, crayons, markers, and rubber stamps to add extra details or bring out important facts. Now here is the great part! Your kids may take an hour or two to put their album pages together, but when they are finished they will be able to recite dates, names, and places effortlessly without ever having to sit in front of a book reciting dry facts. Why is this so easy; because the kids are using all the learning styles in their album. They are hearing it, seeing it, talking about it, writing it , touching it, organizing and analyzing their subject into an album. They are immersing themselves and their senses fully into the subject. Then when it comes time to review their lessons they can easily pull out the album and look through the pages. When I ask my kids a question about a lesson they had done they excitedly remark that they remember working on that page and can describe it in detail and in doing so they were able to also retell the event and recite the names, places, and dates with ease. This is studying without pain!
For the next few weeks I am going to share some of our notebooking projects with you so you can see how to put these together. Here is a list of things you will need to get started. Keep in mind that it is a partial list.The possibilities are endless and depend upon the age of your child age and their creative minds.
- Pencils: Regular writing ones and colored
- Markers and Crayons
- Rubber Stamps and Ink Pads
- Scrapbook papers to match your subject
- Stickers; any kind,Scissors, glue stick, and a Ruler
You will also need a book to use as your album. You can use a drawing book, a notebook, or a paper file folder with paper fasteners in it to add pages. I like to let the kids design their own cover page to introduce their subject for these. You can find these things at Micheal’s Arts & Crafts, Wal-mart, Office Max, Hobby Lobby and anywhere else that sells arts and crafts or office/school supplies. Now hurry, go shopping and I will get our first project ready in my next post and see you back here shortly!