Notebooks and lap books™ are closely related. Notebooking is a bit simpler, with the information inserted into simple 3-ring binders instead of put into the more elaborate lap books™. Notebooks are put together using maps, lab reports, scrapbook pages, worksheet pages, drawings, essays, timelines, and any other relevant work that your child creates. The sites below will guide you through the process of starting to notebook and give you some examples and ideas.
Homeschool with index cards
There are a variety of one-page themed downloads for your notebooks at this site: math, planets, scientific method, science biography, animals, music, and more.
"From copywork to nature study, notebooking is a fun tool that captures all that we have learned about a particular topic and turns it into a concise, artful piece of work. The kids are always excited to share their notebooks with others & they love to look back over what they've created (& learned)... Whether starting with a well-planned, formatted notebooking page or a single piece of blank paper and a few supplies, each notebooking page becomes a dearly treasured & unique creation." NotebookingPages has both free resources and downloads for sale.
Fueling the Fire with Notebooks
This is an excellent article from Terri Camp of Ignite the Fire that gives the basics of notebooking.
Unit Study Portfolio
Although they are called portfolios by Robin Sampson, author of Heart of Wisdom unit studies, these are just notebooks by another name. This article gives some lovely examples of notebooks as well as tips on how they can be used to help with the college admissions process.
Scrapbooking To Learn Photo Gallery - If you like to use paper manipulatives in your homeschool, you will enjoy looking through this photo gallery at some of the neat projects. Whether your preference is lapbooks, notebooks, or scrapbooks, you will find ideas to inspire you.