Recalling Information Proves Most Effective in Learning

The New York Times published an article stating test-taking (a means of retrieving information about recently learned material) has proven to be the most effective means in long-term memory retention. I find the article interesting, not because of the test-taking, but by the results from different experiments that were conducted using various popular learning methods, including the popular mind-mapping idea.

From my standpoint and own experience in our homeschool, and stated in the research, the test-taking or practice of retrieving information can also take the form of oral and written narration, including writing notebooking pages on the topic recently stated. It is the practice of retrieving the information on your own (without looking at a reference) that appears to transfer it from short term memory to long term memory.

Here is the link to the article

This scientific study hasn’t told me anything I haven’t seen in our own homeschooling experience using oral and written narration and our notebooking methods! It did confirm for me and reassure me that we are on that right track!

Another Special Discount!

Well, we’ve had a number of requests for a discount code for purchasing our printed softcover edition of Nature Study, Nature Journals, and Poetry Through the Year AND our PDF file bundle at Currclick! So, we’ve developed a special discount code/link where you can purchase both at a special price.

Now, you can have the printed edition to read and refer to when teaching or developing your lesson plans AND the pdf file from which to printed your favorite journal/notebooking pages!

What is normally priced $48.90 is only $23.95 for both the printed book AND the pdf file! This special is good through the end of January only! After that it will go back to the normal prices!

Here’s the link to received this special price through Currclick!


Special Discount Price on our New Softcover Printed Edition of our Book!

We have exciting news! With the help of Currclick we have a newly printed softcover edition of our Nature Study, Nature Journals, and Poetry Through the Year e book! Right now, to introduce you to this exciting adventure, we are offering a special discount on this book. Here’s the code with the link so you can be sure to get the discounted price:

I know that this ebook/pdf file is a big one, so that’s why it is perfect as a printed book where you can read and refer to it while you do your science and nature study and you can copy notebooking pages from the back. Or, for just a few dollars more you can purchase the pdf file to go with printed edition and get the benefits of both for a more economical cost!
We are in the process of making our other titles available in a printed format as well! Look for our other titles and some new ones coming to Currclick soon!
Remember, this offer is only good for a limited time and can only be received with this special discount code only found here!

Notebooking Pages Winter Special Sale!

Well, it’s been awhile since I have posted, but am now ready to begin a brand new year of new posts, new ideas, and new products of my own in the making! (Stay tuned for those and an exciting announcement!)

Wanted to pass the word along about a new sale going on right now at Notebooking Pages! We are currently working on several projects using these pages as we study American History! We are using the States pages and Presidents pages! As we progress through time, we are notebooking each state as it is added to the union and keeping up with historic events and government and political developments with our President notebooking pages! I am really psyched about this!

Anyway, here are the details for this sale so you can hop on board the notebooking homeschooling style!

NotebookingPages Back to School Winter Sales Event!


1) All Notebooking Pages Product Bundles are 25% off.

2) Use coupon snowflake to save additional 25% on any order.

3) Every NEW Treasury Membership purchase receives the following GIFT PACKAGE worth over $90:

a) BONUS three months subscription period for a total of 15 months (value $7.50)
b) The following FREE digital gifts: 

  • From Epi Kardia (value $25): Six Week Sample Epi Kardia Lesson Plans
    Never before offered for free, this six week sample of Epi Kardia Lesson Plans covers from Creation through the fall of Rome. Integrating history, science, language arts, fine arts and projects, this sample covers ALL of the core subjects with no other curricula needed for school (besides math)! All you need are the living books that go with it, usually found in your public library or available at (The books for each grade level may be viewed at this page from the Epi Kardia web site.) This trial digital six weeks unit is available in first, second, third, fourth grades and middle school level (7th-8th).
  • From Creative Learning Connection (value $5): Sharing Shakespeare with Students
    Sharing Shakespeare contains: An Introduction to Sharing Shakespeare; Why Study it/Who Should Study it/Where to Begin; A List of Recommended Books & Videos; Brief History/Timeline of Shakespeare; Family trees for the History Plays; Quotes from Shakespeare Plays; Notes on each play: A Synopsis of the plays, videos we enjoyed or didn’t enjoy, historical notes, etc.; Character-Line Charts for Each play; Review Charts/Play Reports/Performance Reports; Fun to have with Shakespeare
  • From Outdoor Challenges at Handbook of Nature Study (value $5): Autumn Nature Study Challenge and Notebook Pages-Oak Trees
    This ebook mini-unit contains complete instructions for completing an autumn study of oak trees including three different notebook pages to follow-up your outdoor time.
  • From Talk-a-Latte Online Seminars, Retreats, & Mommy Club (value $25): THREE awesome workshops10 Tips for Making History Come Alive! (Audio Mp3 Workshop)
    Need a little help in pulling together your history studies? Need some fresh ideas to breathe life into your history studies? Ready to teach History The EASY WAY??? Join Cindy as she takes you through the basics of teaching History The EASY WAY. Cindy will take you into her home and share her very practical how-to’s and ideas that are sure to help you make history lessons doable AND easy! If you are needing a bit of help for planning your lessons, breathing more life into your studies, or just knowing how to document what your children are learning, this is a workshop you definitely won’t want to miss!Help! I AM the Messy Mom! 10 Easy Organization Tips to Get it All Back Under Control! with Cindy Rushton
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    Let’s Try Copywork with Cindy Rushton
    I remember the day that I found copywork and gave it a try. I was at my wits end. I am a writer, but my children HATED writing. I was losing him. He was losing his love of learning. I had seen references to copywork in old, old books. I had even seen Ruth Beechick’s reference to copywork in her little 3R’s books. Of course, I thought that copywork was just for the purpose of teaching our little ones to write. Matthew was already writing well. I was about to miss one the KEYS to reaching my reluctant writer. Needing help TODAY? This 3 audio workshop is a MUST! Grab it and take the time to work this into your homeschool. You CAN reach that reluctant, resistant and very frustrated writer! (2-Audio Workshop)

  • From Gentle Shepherd (value $6): Picture and Writing: Younger Ages
    Do your kids like to draw? This set of work pages gives prompts for making pictures, and writing about the pictures. There are 36 work pages, so one page can be used each week for a school year, or they can be used less often over two or three years. These pages are for grades two through four. There is a large box for an original picture, and five widely spaced lines for writing.
  • From Christian Home Business Connection (value $7): Six Low Cost Ways to Start an Internet Business; BONUS FREEBIES…Article: Help Your Teens Earn Their Own Money; Aricle: Homeschool Moms Can Earn Extra Income; Report: Lessons from the Provebers 31 Woman for Homeschoolers
    Helping you find purpose and profit in a home based business.
  • From Busy Homemaker: Five Easy Steps for Organizing Any Room
    Having a well-organized room is the key to its upkeep. Have you ever bought something, tried to use it, and then said, “Why in the world did they design it that way?” You quickly found out that there was a design flaw that created more work for you. Room organization works the same way. If a room is well designed, it makes your life easier. If not, the room design can work against your efforts to keep it clean. This ebook will teach you how to organize a room to make it easy to maintain.
    NOTE: This book is an excerpt from their newest ebook that will be out January 1.
  • From Mom’s Tool Belt (value $4): Mom’s Home Journal for ALL Seasons (Winter-Themed Journal Pages – original release) PLUS a $5 coupon toward a one-year membership/purchase of Mom’s Home Journal Membership Site
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