As a reader, homeschooler, and author I have a multitude of books on my "to be read" pile. I try to stick with the list before I buy more books...but this spring I found a book that I had to read RIGHT AWAY. THE LIVING PAGE...amazing read!!!!
As a homeschooler I greatly subscribe to the use of living books rather than text books for education. When I started homeschooling I first dove in believing I would be rather traditional...box curriculum from one source, filled with workbooks...when in reality I had never learned well that way myself and my oldest daughter withers with too much workbook style. So where did this leave me?
When I went to a homeschool conference I was introduced to the values and methods of Charlotte Mason. I couldn't believe my ears...there was a method for how I wanted to teach but didn't know it existed. In first grade I took many of Charlotte Mason's methods to heart...though not 100%...mostly because I want our education to be customized and a method does not provide that, but more of a framework. We poured over living books, implemented narration, and very simple notebooking...and my little student thrived!
It was only recently published and there weren't very many reviews and even among my homeschool circles online didn't have very much to offer because it was so newly released. But I was so drawn to it I just had to read it. I was nervous that it would be dry but in reality it was the complete opposite. It was inspiring.
I devoured the first half of the book but then, because I didn't want it to be over, I savored the rest of it. Laurie Bestvater writes with authority and with great detail and explanation on a variety of notebooks...but I found that she also offers to each reader the freedom to find how notebooking will fit into that reader's life...which might look different from her notebooking life.
This book was so inspiring and brought me back to what I love about journaling, the beauty of words, and a slower, vintage lifestyle. Slowing down and finding the beauty in the less flashy and shiny doesn't just resonate for my spirit, heart, and mind and grow my soul but in how I parent, homeschool, love my husband, relate to God, and build relationships. I implemented the Commonplace book immediately and have also begun a nature journal and a timeline notebook (similar to a Book of Centuries).
I will be posting more about notebooking and my commonplace entries and the beauty of slowing down...
One of my earliest entries in my Commonplace book...
"I am not a teacher, but an awakener." Robert Frost
Do you journal or do some form of notebooking? Does this appeal to you? How do you prefer to chronicle your life for future generations?