Notebooking, or its variety lapbooking, is one learning tool that we have used especially in history and science.  Instead of the usual way of testing comprehension (fill in the blank worksheets or multiple choice quizzes), recording a re-telling of what a child has learned is a great way to measure what he understands and remembers. Notebooking allows the child, not only to learn the content of his journaling, but also provides him a way to sharpen his writing (penmanship as well as narration), art, grammar, and spelling skills.  An added bonus is having all this learning documented so that the student could look back to it or share it with someone else (another opportunity to remember what he is learning).    You can be creative and just “notebook” from scratch:

Or you could use some pre-made notebooking materials available for home schoolers:

Some of our children who have really taken to this skill use it even as they grow older:


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