Using a "notebook is a simple way to spend one-on-one time with a child, and also to present or give review for language and math concepts, and for facts and vocabulary in other subjects.
Gentle Shepherd's notebook pages are different from what homeschoolers commonly call "notebooking pages." "Notebooking" usually means that children put pictures and written material about certain subjects on special pages, to record what they have learned and have a way to show it to others.
In contrast to notebooking pages, Gentle Shepherd's notebook pages are pages that are already completely finished, and a parent decides which ones to put in a 3-prong report folder. Around 4-8 pages are used at a time.
Each day, the parent and child go through all the pages together, and when a certain page is learned well it is removed and a different one is put in. It takes only a short time to go through the pages-- usually around 5 - 10 minutes.
A parent can make custom pages; for example, a page with names of everyone in the family, or a page with the home address or phone number. If you know your child needs to practice a certain concept or set of facts, you can make special pages for those things.
For more details and examples of the way our family has used notebook pages, read the article, "The Rocking Chair Method," in our articles section.
This article was published as part of a WeE-book by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, along with another article that has ideas for school activities to do with young children (Homeschooling with Young Children) and photos of the materials described. The title of the WeE-book is Homeschooling With Young Children. It is available at www.theoldschoolhousestore.com
These notebook pages are in an ebook, ready to print out and use!
We are in the process of creating more sets of preschool notebook pages; that's why this is called "Set I."
Preschool Beginning Notebook