A few weeks ago, while lounging on the beach...book in hand, I watched as The Hubs helped my children create an intricate waterway in the sand. They carved out trenches and poured bucketful after bucketful of water down their man-made path. Their "river" was complete with tributaries, a flood plain, and a delta.
At the time, my children had no idea that each of these small sand details added up to big learning. They were just five kids enjoying a sunny day at the beach with dad.
On the way home from our adventures in the sun, we began to chat about their "river". We talked of currents and channels and used BIG words like "headwaters" and "eddy."
During lunch that day, we continued our conversation and ended up watching a short youtube video about the ever-changing landscape of a river, its vegetation, and its affect on the wildlife that it supports.
One thing led to another and my older kids grabbed their nature notebooks to begin sketching out THEIR river using the photographs I had snapped earlier that day. A quick Google image search of river "parts" provided inspiration and further details.
An adventurous day at the beach.
A river with all its intricate parts.
Now both indelibly etched into the minds of my kids because of a simple spiral notebook.
My children will revisit those pages in their nature notebooks in the days to come...revisit them often. They will remember THEIR river and smile.
They will recall all those features we discussed at the beach...and in the car...and around the table.
Because they were given space and time to catalog it all in a notebook. They were given a chance to rehearse what they had learned in a natural way. They were given a blank page and an invitation to fill it up!
Notebooking has become a wonderful extension to our learning over the years...a tool to organize all our thoughts, opinions, and discoveries.
Over the next few days, I will be continuing our discussion on notebooking and how it has come to be such an integral part of our homeschool. I hope you'll join me as we consider...
- The WHAT and WHY of Notebooking
- Different Types of Notebooks and How Best to Use Them
- Helpful Tools of Notebooking
- What to Include in a Notebook
- FAQs of Notebooking
For more helpful homeschool HOW TOs, be sure to check out the other wonderful posts in the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch.