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Notebooking can be employed in any homeschooling method and with various curriculum, subjects, and resources. Learners from wide ranges of ages and grade levels can use the notebooking system with a great flexibility.
Today I am going to share some experience and information about notebooking with the world history. History should not be only merely memorization work. The most important part is learners know the events, the person, and other aspects the give influence.
There are some versions of the world history notebooking binder organization. So far, we only have tried a couple of world history curriculum: Mystery of History and Story of the World Series. Each of them has unique features that I am not going to discuss right now
Well, since we are really keen of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition), I would like to share how the book has taught us organizing the world history notebooking page binders. This organization is classical based one, so there are three kinds of organization methods based on the trivium. However, those methods can be applied to any world history curriculum, especially the classical ones. Basically, all arrangement in each stage is based on the 4 ages, according to the book, p. 111:
- Ancient Ages , 5000B.C. – A.D.400
- Medieval / Early Renaissance/ Middle Ages, 400-1600
- Late Renaissance / Early Modern, 1600-1850
- Modern, 1850 – Present Day
The Grammar Stage ( Year 1-4)
The world history notebooking should contain:
- narration with picture and/or graphic organizers about each time of story with some picture of children's
- activity division such as drawing, coloring, maze, word search, etc. Put the title of the story on each activity paper so that they are not going mixed up.
- mapping activities
- timeline can be an optional to keep in the world history notebooking binder. You might either use separated binder or put it on the wall.
The process of narration is just very simple and basic. You might read it more detail in Starting Narration in Notebooking, but I would like to share a very brief and to the point step here:
- Parents read for children or older children can read independently.
- Parents ask some basic whole story questions about the story to make sure they understand.
- Children answer the questions in full sentences.
- Children write two or three things important and interesting from the story.
The Logic Stage (Year 5 – 8)
According to The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition), pg. 275, each age of history is divided into 10 sections:
- Great Men and Women
- Wars, Conflicts, and Politics
- Inventions and Technology
- Daily Life
- Cities and Settlements
- Primary Resources
- The Arts and Great Books
Timeline is a compulsory since we can track the events through the time using timeline. We can continue using the previous timeline or make a new one on a separated binder or on the wall.
On each of the section above, learners might provide
- historical map
- related graphic organizers
- composition based on the outline and the graphic organizers.
That organization is really awesome for me, but we don't use the system. We use the Mystery of History with provided notebooking page system. We modify it and here are the sections of our recent notebooking page binder:
- Note taking (can be with the graphic organizers)
The Rhetoric Stage (Year 9 – 12)
According to The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition), pg. 490, each age of history is divided into 4 sections:
- The History Foundation
Learners read great book and at the end of each chapter, they need to take a note:
- A list of important dates and why they are important
- The important person
- Three or four important events
- Two events, people, and ideas for further study
- Book Context
In the rhetoric stage, learners are supposed to read real living books or great books. They are novel, drama, or any original resources for learners to analyze and argue based on the historical sequence in each age.
In this section, learners “investigate” the background of the great books: the author, the written and the published period. Then learners write about the historical background summary of the book.
- Book Notes
This section is used to keep the literary study of the great books based on the book notes.
This is the final work of the great books. This section is used to keep the purpose, the strength, and the weakness inside. Learners write a book report, an evaluation, and an argumentative along with the books assigned.
That is the classical world history notebooking page organization. In other homeschooling methods, organization is based on the ages merely. You also have a freedom to arrange your own notebooking page binder as long as it is suitable with your children.
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