What is Notebooking? An Alternative to Lapbooks

So you’ve followed along my 5 day series on homeschooling with lapbooks and you still think you can’t do it. Well, maybe notebooking is the answer for you instead.


You just don’t want to make the effort with those large oversized file folders. What can you use instead? How about a spiral bound notebook, duotang, or binder?

It really doesn’t have to be a large lapbook at all. Notebooking works on the same principle. It’s a written narration of your child’s learning. Whatever topic they are studying, you can create a notebook for it.

Are they learning about Egypt? Well find some images for a map, Egyptian clothing, food, important historical figures, homes and then have your child write about what they’ve learned on the topic. To da, you have a notebook.

Really love the idea of lapbooks still, but don’t think you can do it? Just place your minibooks into a notebook instead of the folder. I personally don’t make many full lapbooks any more. I use a spiral bound notebook from the dollar store and have the children paste their minibooks into them. Sometimes, I just don’t want to create a full minibook but I find a great image on a topic. My son can easily add more information and write it right into his notebook without cutting out more paper to do so.

With a  minibook, your writing is confined to it’s size, however, with notebooking they can write as much as they want and they won’t run out of space.

Awesome notebooking sites:

Not free:

  • Enchanted Learning – it’s $20/year – I love this site for the early elementary years

You can read the rest of the posts in my 5 day series: Homeschooling with Lapbooks.5 Days of Homeschool with Lapbooks

Anne Marie @ Future.Flying.Saucers ~ Christian Worldview 101
Marya @ Suncoast Momma ~ Homeschooling Special Needs
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break ~ Ordinary Homeschooling
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Our Favorite Family Recipes
Dawn @ Double O Farms ~  Helping Your Struggling Learner
Gena @ I Choose Joy! ~ Homeschooling Middle School
Christine @ Our Homeschool Reviews ~ Free and Frugal Homeschooling
DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor ~ Diagramming the Proverbs

Don’t forget to check out the other members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew for their 5 day series as well.

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  1. Zobia says


    I have sent over several e-mails about the HP Laptop giveaway. What’s going on? I paid for a spot and I haven’t heard from you or whoever actually runs the giveaway.

    I need to know what’s going on!
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    • Monique says

      I don’t believe I’m a part of any laptop giveaways. You will have to contact the organizer since those are usually group giveaways.

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