How To

(The following is a partial draft. Additional instructions and advice for planning your Awakening Wonder science program will be added as time permits. Please excuse our dust while we’re under construction.)

Ideas For Using The Notebook Pages

Feel free to pick and choose only those pages that meet your needs. You may need to compress the study by selecting from the included topics a number that will more reasonably fit in the amount of time you have set aside for this study. On the other hand, you may want to expand the study by digging deeper or covering more territory. Blank notebook pages are included so you can insert additional topics of your own choosing, or add pages if you need more space to write about one of the included topics.

You have permission to make as many photocopies of these master pages as you need for use in one family, or one classroom. Notebook pages are useful for many different aspects of learning, and for many different styles of education. Here are just a few ideas:

Copywork and Dictation:

Make handwriting practice relevant to the student by incorporating science topics. Make up your own sentences for the student to copy (or write from dictation) or choose a short passage or picture caption from the student’s reading material.

Narrations and Summaries:

Narration is used in several philosophies and styles of education. Parents can write a beginner’s narration of science reading directly on the notebook page. For Primary Level students, the parent should write the student’s narration on a separate sheet of paper and have the student copy it onto the notebook page. As writing fluency builds, students can write their narrations and summaries on the notebook page without assistance from parents.

Lists of Facts:

Have a student research the notebook page topic using your selected information resources and make a list of the most important facts he discovers.

Notes and Outlines:

As students research the topic, the notebook page may be used to collect informal notes or to take notes in a more formal outline form.

Reports and Essays:

Notebook pages make an attractive presentation for student reports, essays, and other extended writing assignments.

Illustrations

Illustrations help bring a notebook page to life.  Some of the notebook pages in this set have empty frames just waiting for your student to fill them. Some students will want to draw their own pictures or diagrams to fill this space. Others may not be as excited about illustrating their work themselves. These students may prefer creative alternatives such as a printout from a web page or a photocopy from a book you are using.

Some pages include illustrations that can be used as they are or colored in as desired. If you prefer a different illustration, such as a printout,  photocopy, or your student’s own original art, feel free to paste it right over the existing illustration. Additional illustrations can also be pasted over some of the writing lines if desired, or you can add one of the blank notebook pages, several of which are perfect for adding illustrations to your notebook, with or without captions or explanatory text. Make the pages your own!

Storing Finished Pages

Since you and your student will be investing your precious time and effort into producing  creative, informative notebook pages, you will want to have a safe way to keep them as a record of work or for future review. Here are some ideas for storing and presenting your finished work:

Hole punch the pages and keep them in a three-ring binder.

Office supply stores carry report covers in various sizes and many attractive styles. Choose a report cover that will hold the desired number of notebook pages.

Place pages in order inside a colored file folder, then staple in several places through all of the layers a quarter inch or so in from the fold of the file folder to form a book. Write the notebook topic on the file tab and store notebooks in a filing cabinet or file box. Your student might enjoy decorating the outside of the file folder to match the theme, or you could adhere the included notebook cover page to the outside of the file folder if desired.

Store the pages in a binder or file folder until your student has completed study of prehistoric times. Then take the pages to a copy shop and have them bound into a book.

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