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    Let’s Talk About Notebooks

    December 2, 2014 by Brandy Vencel

    [dropcap]M[/dropcap]ystie keeps hinting that I should write a series on notebooks, and I decided December was as good a time as ever. December is a meditative sort of month, and so notebooking seems like an appropriate topic. After all, notebooking is a way of being more meditative — more thoughtful — about what we’re learning or observing. It’s a way of concentrating attention.

    Now that I’ve written that, I think I understand more of why Laurie Bestvater, in her important book The Living Page, often refers to notebooking as a way of being present.


    Classical Charlotte Mason Notebooks


    This post is going to serve as the series landing page. I’ll add a linked table of contents to the bottom as we go along.

    I’d also like to hear what you’d like to talk about in regard to notebooks. I don’t want to recreate the work Laurie Bestvater has already done, but rather expand upon the topic, and maybe deal with some of the how-to-get-it-done nitty gritty. What else? I’m open to ideas.

    I’m curious what types of notebooks your family already keeps, or you plan to keep as your children get older.


    Previous Posts on Learning Notebooks

    Before I give the Table of Contents, I thought I’d include some links to posts I’ve written in the past, in case you just can’t wait to get started on this subject.



    Table of Contents

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  • Reply tina December 17, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I am now subscribed to all of the schole sisters 🙂 This series was exactly what I was looking for to better our notebooking journey. While I have started a commonplace book, I was at a loss on what to do with the BOC and the nature journal (I have no artist skills). I have time to figure out my own BOC (E is only 8) and am looking to start the nature journal for our next term coming up. Thank you for helping us with our homeschooling journey!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      You’re welcome and welcome to Afterthoughts, Tina! I have come to love my BOC and I hope you find it just as great. It wasn’t until I started keeping one that all the history I knew was jumbled up in my brain and events never in right relation to each other…

  • Reply Ritsumei January 1, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I’m not sure what’s the problem, because I can’t really tell the difference between the way the address works on your related posts widget, and the link list you made in your post, but the ones up on the post are giving 404 errors tonight. I’m a happy camper anyway, thanks to your related post widget, but I hate it when my blog doesn’t work like it’s supposed to, and really appreciate when people let me know it, so I thought I’d say something here. Thanks for the lovely series, though!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 2, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Thanks for letting me know! I just moved to WordPress on New Year’s Eve and there are still a lot of bugs to work out…Everytime someone lets me know what isn’t working, that helps a lot, so I really appreciate it!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 2, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Oh! And just so you know, I went in and changed and updated the Table of Contents. Apparently, it was an old version of this post that ended up moved, so it was missing some posts. I don’t know if you were able to find all of them or not, but they should be here and working now. 🙂

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