I remained calm and let her get everything off her chest. When she went off to read and Hope was playing Starfall, I looked through Julia’s workboxes with new eyes. It was 10 drawers of workbooks: reading, writing, spelling, math and even science, history & religion. ALL workbooks. I don’t how it happened. I never intended it to… One reason why I would never put her in school is because of all the mindless, busy work – but here we are. And I felt like a hypocrite.
So I took to the Internet and “hit” the blogs. Soon a solution caught my eye. Notebooking. It seemed like a very simple yet brilliant idea. Would it work? I explained it Julia and I saw her eyes light up with excitement. “YES!” She exclaimed, “Let’s do it!”
I didn’t have any extra binders laying around. (I’ll explain why in a later post.) And I have a strict rule that I force myself to adhere to: When I want to try something new that I find on a homeschool blog, I am NOT allowed to purchase any new “system” unless I know it will work for us – or at least give it a try.
So while I didn’t have binders, I did have a ton of 3 prong folders. That would work. I set up a few into a notebooking / lapbook combo folders. I forced myself not to get fancy and refused to have to have it be “perfect”. When I was done, I was happy. So was Julia!