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  1. Nikki
    @ 3:07 am

    Notebooking is encouraging to me as well! Sometimes I begin to wonder, "Am I truly teaching my children anything?" Then I flip through our notebooks and the Lord blesses me and gives me peace!

  2. Kimmie
    @ 2:56 pm

    Hi Jeannie;

    I love the idea of the plastic sheets to protect each sheet of ‘learning.’ We have done illustration notebooks, however never in the plastic sleeves…I’d love to give this a go this year. I am sure it will help me feel more organized…at least with the 4 youngest…thanks for the sage advice.

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

  3. Patti
    @ 6:18 pm

    Hi Jeannie. I’ve been homeschooling since 1989 and I wish I would’ve had your blog when my 2 oldest were younger. What a help it is now with my 2 younger adopted children!

    But I will share what I did with my 2 oldest girls: any papers created (drawings,’school’, coloring contest pictures, fair ribbons, certificates, etc) were dated and put in a folder. Then every month or so (sometimes the end of the ‘school’ year), I sorted, then placed the keeper sheets, in order by date, into plastic sleeves inside a big (3 inch) 3 ring binder. Some drawings I trimmed down and taped 2 or 3 on a colored sheet of paper (to save space and be ‘creative’), but making sure dates were on them. When the binder was full (usually a few years worth), I made a cover with the dates (e.g.-child’s name, Volume #, years included).

    At their high school grad parties, we displayed them on tables for others to observe. The girls also love to look thru them when they come home, laughing at memories the sheets bring to mind. My married daughter also enjoys showing them to her husband.

    They each have 4 ‘volumes’. So far I’ve done 2 volumes with my son, and will soon start a volume for my youngest daughter.

    We also have taken many photograghs of everything over the years. And yes, I periodically look thru them myself, laughing and crying over memories. Because time with them is SO short. It may seem long, but it isn’t. Cherish it.

    Thank you again for sharing your life and learning with all of us! May God continue to bless you and yours.

    Love in Jesus,

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