Beginner’s Guide to Notebooking

What is Notebooking? I’m sure you’ve heard of the term. It is recording what you’ve learned in a notebook. (It’s essentially a journal/diary… an educational one.) It helps the information stick in your mind. We’ve used notebooking from almost the very beginning of our homeschool journey. We were first introduced to the idea in My Father’s World First Grade. There was a Bible Notebook where the children would write narrations from their Bible stories, and then draw a picture to go along with it.


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Beginner’s Guide to Notebooking

What should I put in my notebook?

You don’t just have to write down a narration inside a notebook or drawing a picture of what you’ve learned.

You can also add:

  • timelines
  • your own thoughts 
  • nature observations
  • copywork
  • poetry
  • a list of facts 

Get creative! The goal is to record what you’ve learned to help you retain it.

What subjects can be used?

You can have a notebook for any subject! This year, we are using a journaling notebook for Nature Study and History. In the past, we have used it for Art/Artist Studies, Science and History.

Use a notebook for:

  • Math
  • History 
  • Science 
  • Reading 
  • Bible
  • Art 
  • Nature Study 
  • and more! 

Where to find notebooking pages:

You can always create your own pages, or you can pick up a lot of free or paid ones from They have a lot of great choices for pretty much every subject.

Notebooking Pages Free Membership

If you’d like to create your own customized pages, has a tool called the Notebooking Publisher. It allows you to create your own pages, and customize them to what you are learning. (This is an excellent option if you can’t find what you are looking for.)

Here’s a quick video with more information about the publishing tool:

Visit to learn more about their LIFETIME memberships
and their notebooking (& copywork) web-app, The Notebooking Publisher™

Free Notebooking pages for you:

Nature Journaling with Nature Anatomy

Free 600+ Pages Product Sampler

The Notebooking Fairy

Also, follow our Pinterest board for more great ideas and freebies:

Lapbooking/ Notebooking Pinterest Board 


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