It would seem from the reading that many kinds of notebooks were mentioned as being educationally purposeful in a Charlotte Mason education. last time we looked at the nature notebooks, I was reminded and inspired to make more time for nature sketching, to provide access to good materials, and to do it myself as an example for the children but also, just because it is so good to just sit and create! Drawing, painting, writing - all things I loved before I was a grown-up - are activities I would love to be able to revitalize in myself while at the same time fostering a love of in my children.
The notebook that got the most attention in this section of The Living Page was the commonplace book. This is a place to write down inspiring or beautiful words of others. I like to see it as a reference to look back on as a reminder of important life goals. Older students were to keep these based on what they personally wanted to add to them - what they found inspiring or worthy of remembering long-term. In a guided way, i have begun this practice with my children, and it will be exciting to see what they choose to do with this as they are older. More on the children's use of this notebook further on in the post... first, a glimpse at my own notebooks:
These are just some of my ideas for this notebook... I am imagining something that can be passed on so that when my daughters are 34 year old mothers wondering what that standard soaked bread recipe was, they can find it again! And there is something sentimental and beautiful about preserving family recipes in my own handwriting. How special it would be, for instance, if I had my grandmother's cookie recipes written down in her own writing! As we move towards more and more electronic ways of archiving things, this is an art that is being lost, in my opinion... although digital ways of keeping organized can be so useful. My husband has been saying we should put all my recipes into Evernote, making them so easily searchable, and I think that is a wonderful idea! The writing down of recipes would be reserved for some standard, repeated recipes, the ones we find woven into our days as a real part of our lives and not just ones I made three times ever over a 20 year period.
|Just a humorous note my daughter added to the back cover of her poem. I love that she added "out of a book" lest anyone think it was her original work!|
|Some samples in cursive from 2nd and 3rd grades|