Saturday, September 29, 2012

Notebooking Pages

I know it has been a while since I blogged about school, and I want to share with you a few of the things we are doing this year.  Our time period for history studies is from the American Revolution to the end of the 19th century, and I am looking forward to taking our first in depth look at this very busy time in history.  To go along with our studies, we are taking a closer look at the states of our Union, as well as a look at the Presidents.  I wanted  to keep it simple, something the kids could do on their own for the most part, so I created a set of note booking pages for them to use.    The states pages offer an outline of the US where they can locate the particular state and color it in.  There are a series of facts about that state to be filled in, as well as 3 boxes which can be used to illustrate state birds, flowers, trees, geographical features, fun information they discover about that state, etc.  They can choose what they want to illustrate within these boxes.  Our resources are the Dover coloring book, the Alphabet state books series (we don't have them all, just a small selection) and Our Fifty States.

For the President pages, we are using a set of flashcards for the image on the page (I found these at Targ*t for $1 a set).  Each page includes a place to list facts about the president, space to glue the image sized for a flashcard, and space to write something about each president's life, character and achievements. Our resources for these pages are mainly the flashcard set and our history readings.  The pages have been copied off on a parchment colored card stock to give them a nice look and feel.
Links to the pages are located in the links at the top of this blog.  Please feel free to use these in your own home or co-op group and to link to these pages.  Permission is not given to use these for profit or link pages directly to another site without a link to this site.

1 comment:

vicki said...

love the notebook pages!! I would like to use your idea for a President book the next time we study this time period! When we last studited it, we made geoprapgy notebooks too..the kids really enojyed sketching out their own map of the state as well! At the end of the year. The kids got to plan a family vacation to any of the places they researched...they had to tell how they would get our family there, where we would stay and plan an intinerary. The older kids had the added challenge of keeping a budget! It was really fun to see what they choose! Our 3 year old was devastated that we wren't actually going to take the trips!!! :) Hope youe school year is off to a great start! In Christ, Vicki