If you’re just now joining us, this is the third in a series of blogs in which I am sharing my process and product of our notebooking project. In the first blog, I talked about materials that you should get. In the second blog, I walked you through step by step of the basics. Here, we’re going to talk about just a few more things to keep in mind.
Keep In Mind the Big Goal
I debated about whether or not to show this picture. It is a small notebook that was glued onto the flap of the project. In it, I wrote some key dates and ideas that we decided she should remember, and she wrote the definitions or significance of the terms. It’s not pretty. I would’ve made the pages more even. I would’ve written in fancy ink. I would’ve drawn small Viking doodles. But it wasn’t my project.
I think the temptation for some of us is to try to make our children do it the way we would do it. But the goal for this was two fold: a) to create an ‘informal’ notebook of sorts of all the periods and peoples we study in history over the next year and b) for my daughter to pull out the most important points of information and to communicate that information in written form. Had this been a formal project for presenting at a history fair. . .well then, it would’ve gotten re-written. But it wasn’t. It is for her use. She can now wax eloquent on Vikings–in fact, much more so than I expected–so I left it as is.
I share to encourage all of you who can related to my moment of temptation that it doesn’t always have to look super nifty for it to achieve it’s purpose. Be careful of squelching your child’s desire to do this because of perfectionism.
Encouraging Creative Processes
I helped my daughter decide on the most important information. After that I stepped back. The rest of it she came up with on her own. She had to figure out how to lay everything out, what to do about the page being too big for the binder, and how to solve the problem of the ink leaking through to the other side. Not big problems for adults to solve–especially those of you who are creative and enjoy scrapbooking anyways–but for a 9 year old that’s a lot of thinking.
For your child to get the most out of the project, step back as much as possible. When you’re asked for help, try to get your child to come up with a good answer rather than giving one. With that said–enjoy!!!
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