How to use notebooking pages with your unit studies free e-book offer

How to Use Notebooking Pages in Your Own Unit Studies Free E-book CoverDo you hear about notebooking pages and wonder how you can use them in your homeschool? How about unit studies? Does the idea of exploring a topic or historical time period with activities and projects from science, language arts, art, history, and even math appeal to you? Do you ever wonder how you can use notebooking pages in your unit studies?

After homeschooling for over 10 years and teaching in and out of the classroom, I am convinced that notebooking was one of the most effective means of learning I have ever used. My sons went from being non-writers to prolific and mature writers after using notebooking pages in our unit studies in a fun and easy way. One even tested out of Freshman English in college!

Our family has used an eclectic mix of Charlotte Mason methods with oral and written narration and notebooking pages with unit studies for years.

And I wanted to share with you how our family used them in a variety of ways! I hope you find this e-book helpful!

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Free Abraham Lincoln Mini Unit Study using Charlotte Mason Methods

Abraham Lincoln Mini Unit Study

Primary Ages

Read Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner – your child can read to you or you can read aloud.
Meet Abe Lincoln by Barbara Cary
As your child narrates to you the events of the story, you can write it for him/her on a notebooking page to place in a notebook. (See notebooking page links you can choose from below.)

You can have your younger child listen to some of the reading suggestions listed below for the older child and have them narrate to you events from these stories as well, while the older children write their own narrations.

Make a hat and have the child put notes in it and wear it just like Abe Lincoln. Make a donut shape out of black posterboard that fits over the child’s head, roll th top part of the hat and tape it and attach to the inside of the donut shape to stick up like Lincoln’s hat. Then cut a circle out to tape to cover the hole at the top of the hat.

Your child can also make a log cabin like the one Abe lived in when he was a boy. Cut out of a cereal box or light weight cardboard the sides and pointed roof of the cabin and tape together in the shape of a cabin. Cut out a door or any windows you wish to add, and glue craft sticks to the cardboard cabin to completely cover the cardboard. When the glue is dry, paint the craft sticks with brown paint.

If you would like some worksheets and more information to read with some unit study activities, click on the following link from School Express

Intermediate and Junior High and High School Ages

Read any of the following living books:

Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, Leader, Legendby Justine and Ron Fontes (younger readers)
Abraham Lincolnby Ingri and Edgar Parin d’ Aulaire
Abraham Lincoln by James Daugherty
Abraham Lincoln’s World by Genevieve Foster (this gives you a world view of Lincoln’s time)
Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz
Abraham Lincoln the Writer: a treasury of his greatest speeches and letters by Harold Haolzer (for older students, a great resource for primary documents for study, copywork, dictation, memorization, and analysis)

After reading any of these living books, have your students narrate the events from chapters as you read them together aloud as a family or individually and then have them write their narration on any of the notebooking page options listed below.

You can copy nicely worded or key sentences from the books for copywork for the children to write on any notebooking pages. After they have studied these sentences and copied them, you can dictate any sentences to them at the end of the week while they write them down.

When there are key events mentioned in the books from his life or from events occurring around the world, put these into a timeline. (an example of a timeline notebook page can be found here )

Copywork can also include lines or the entire text from the Emancipation Proclamation or the Gettysburg Address. You can find these online or from the collected works mentioned in the book above.

A unit study for Abraham Lincoln for elementary age students can be found here in lapbook form

For more activity ideas, read Abraham Lincoln For Kids: his life and times with 21 activities by Janis Herbert

Have your older and high school students write an essay or prepare a persuasive speech for debate about Lincoln’s actions and reasons for instituting the Emancipation Proclamation. Did he do it for the slaves or save the union? Look at this link to analyze and prepare for this discussion and write your position.

Notebooking links to choose from (this one is written to work with the
d’ Aulaire book) (you can use the blank biography notebooking page or the 1/2 inch Abraham Lincoln page) (a variety of blank biography notebooking pages to choose from)

Slideshow Overview of our new Charlotte Mason Audio Seminar Set

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Charlotte Mason methods and how to use them in a practical manner in your homeschool? Have you been attracted to the idea of unit studies, but don’t know how to get started planning your own unit study around a topic of your choosing? Do you like the idea of following a unit study, but wish to combine Charlotte Mason methods like using “living books”, “narration”, “dictation”, and “copywork”? This training will help you accomplish all of this!

Here’s what you get in the Audio Seminar Set! 3 Workshops in 1!

  • 10 MP3 Audio files (approximately 30 minutes each)
  • Handouts and Notes to accompany each workshop session
  • Sample and Blank Unit Study Brainstorming sheets, Subject Area and Goal Planning sheets, and Lesson Planning forms
  • Powerpoint slide shows to accompany workshop sessions to highlight the main points discussed in each session.

Take a look at our Slideshow overview of our new Audio Seminar set!

You Can Make Your Own Unit Study Using Charlotte Mason Methods Course Overview Session 1

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