One of Our Favorite Creative (and Frugal) Homeschool Tools

 

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for creative methods to use in your homeschool to keep your kids engaged with the learning process.  On the other hand, budget is also a consideration so you need resources that won’t break the bank. Does that sound familiar?

I’ve found something that works for us that fits both of those requirements: notebooking.  We have been using notebooking for a while in our homeschool lessons and have found it to work for a wide range of ages, interests, and abilities.  Whether you’re a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, take a delight-directed approach to learning, Classical, or something in between, notebooking can work for you.

Notebooking: all-purpose, frugal homeschooling tool

We love notebooking because:

  • We can follow our interests — notebooking works for any topic!
  • It allows kids to retain the information they’ve learned.
  • It’s easily customizable for age and ability.
  • It’s inexpensive.
  • It’s portable so it works for carschooling and field trips.
  • It creates a great record or portfolio of learning.
  • It creates a reference tool for future studies.

Check out these posts to get more ideas for notebooking:

Explore, Discover, and Create with Notebooking

Laying a New Foundation for your Homeschool

Homeschool Notebooking Curriculum Round Up

 

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Sale

Now is a great time to try notebooking (or stock up on notebooking pages if you already love it!) during the Notebooking Pages lifetime membership sale.  You can save 25% off the regular price, now through Aug. 7th.  You can even download a free sampler pack to get an idea of what’s included.  Read on for the details below!


Now through August 7th:

Save $25
on Notebooking Pages

LIFETIME Memberships!

The Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership collection
makes notebooking SIMPLE, BEAUTIFUL, and DO-ABLE while keeping busywork, boredom, and burnout at bay.

Membership Features and Benefits

  • You have unlimited access to the complete notebooking pages collection. … There is NO hurry to download everything. You never lose access! Use your pages with your children AND grandchildren.
  • You receive 1000s of topical pages and designs. … Your children can always find just the right notebooking page to complement their study, creative style, or mood that day.
  • You receive notebooking pages designed to work with any size family. …Notebooking Pages publisher, Debra Reed, has 10 children with various biological backgrounds, traits, learning strengths and weaknesses. She designs pages with them in mind! Without a doubt, these will work for a WIDE variety of children.
  • You receive pages with varying amounts and types of line styles/widths. …You can use them with your very young AND mature writers K-12.
  • And probably the BEST feature and benefit … You receive ALL current PLUS all FUTURE notebooking pages.
    Your membership grows with value, options, & topics every year!

Save $25 by visiting the link below!

http://notebookingpages.com/memberships-2015bts?ap_id=Sara

This link also gives you both bonuses listed below!

LIFETIME Membership Bonus #1

Sign up today and receive …

12 months FREE access to the notebooking web-app

The Notebooking Publisher™

Great for moms, teens and high schoolers!

LIFETIME Membership Bonus #2

Sign up today and receive …

$100+ bundle of gifts from membership sponsors . . .
Homeschool planning/planner resources, copywork, unit-studies, art & music studies, Bible curriculum, nature studies, & more!

This is SUPER discount on Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Memberships … don’t miss out!

Save $25 by visiting the link below!

http://notebookingpages.com/memberships-2015bts?ap_id=Sara

Get ALL current & future notebooking pages, PLUS $100+ homeschool e-bonuses, PLUS 12 months access to the notebooking web-app!

NotebookingPages.com

 

Happy Homeschooling,

Sara (75 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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It’s not too late (plus 11 of my favorites from Build Your Bundle)

Doubtless you’ve heard of the Build Your Bundle Homeschool sale. It’s definitely been the talk of homeschool circles online. I admit that sometimes I don’t pay attention to these things just because I think I don’t have time to study the choices and I really don’t need any more digital curriculum that I might never get around to using. I can honestly say that’s not the case with the Build Your Bundle sale. It was supposed to end yesterday, but they’ve extended the sale until midnight tonight for anyone who wants to make a last-minute purchase (which is what I always end up doing).

To simplify your choices a little and answer any questions about the usefulness of the resources included, I’ve made a list of my favorites from the sale that I’ve actually used, reviewed, and can recommend. I’m not a high-pressure kind of salesperson and I won’t recommend anything I wouldn’t actually use myself. I really hope this helps as you’re planning for next year’s curriculum!

Top 11 Favorites from the Build Your Bundle Homeschool Curriculum Sale. Ends 6-2-15 at midnight!

My Top 11 Favorites from Build Your Bundle

WriteShop (3 different levels + StoryBuilders)
Girls of American History – American Girl unit studies
Write from History – Charlotte Mason style historical copywork
Homeschool Legacy unit studies
Mastering Essential Math Skills
A Journey through Learning lapbooks
A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers
Notebooking Pages
Heroines of the Past Bible study
The Wise Woman Literary Analysis
Too Wise to be Mistaken, Too Good to be Unkind

I’ve used more of the materials in the bundles, but I haven’t written reviews of everything and I wanted to narrow this list to make it as simple as possible for you to check them out in the last hours of the sale today.

Over 200 products in 19 bundles priced starting at just $10!

All of these resources are included in the bundles, or they can be mixed and matched by building a bundle of your own choosing. You really can’t go wrong. And if you’re not convinced about the advantages of digital curriculum, you might want to read this post for the reasons why I’ve learned to use it in our homeschool.

There are 19 individual bundles priced starting at $10, plus the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!!

These bundles are full of products from popular contributors!

 

  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

 

Build Your Bundle 2015 Pre-Sale Graphic
 

Don’t forget the Buy 2, Get 1 free offer!

You will be saving up to 90% off the regular prices of all of this great curriculum, plus get a free bundle when you purchase two!

 

 
 Bundle of Bonuses - FREE for all customers who make a purchase!

Sara (75 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Homeschool Curriculum in the Digital Age

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to save in our homeschool budget.  I try to use whatever thrifty resources I can, which often includes digital products. I was an old school holdout for years before I came to accept digital homeschool curriculum and books, but the practical side of me (read: frugal) won out.

Homeschool Curriculum in the Digital Age ~ 6 Advantages of Using Digital Homeschool Curriculum

 

Advantages of Digital Homeschool Curriculum

There are some advantages to digital homeschool curriculum that I’ve come to appreciate in the past few years:

  • it’s available instantly when you need it
  • it doesn’t take up room on your bookshelf
  • it’s easily portable (we like to read on our Kindle)
  • you can print what you choose when you choose
  • it can be used for more than one student and printed multiple times (depending on the particular copyright permissions of the material)
  • it is generally less expensive than print materials

Do you use digital homeschool curriculum? Why or why not?

 

Happy homeschooling,

 
iHomeschool Network's 4th annual Omnibus sale • the original homeschool bundle

Sara (75 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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