All of you notebookers out there, I’m looking for suggestions. I have tons of notebooking supplies, pages, pens, glue, and the kids each have a notebook. I love how notebooks turn out, even by the youngest kids, because they are invested in the end result. They remember what they learn when they produce something for their notebook with it. The trouble we have is that both of my sons really struggle with writing.
D2’s difficulties are the more “average”. He’s got a weak grip and so his writing isn’t the best. It IS improving, slowly week by week, and for a second grader I think he’s doing okay now. FINALLY. But it is not his favorite thing, and therefore it can be a struggle to get him to write for notebook pages. Drawings aren’t much more productive either. He will take a half-sheet drawing area and draw three TINY stick figures in the center of it, and that’s it. Hmm.
D1 has more pronounced difficulties. At 9, with a developmental delay and a very big language delay, writing is an almost impossible chore. He can dictate what ever he wants. THAT isn’t a problem. It’s the going from brain to pencil to paper that is the issue. When he isn’t dealing with the writing process it’s a little easier. He does his handwriting (Handwriting Without Tears Cursive) and can produce usually 2 or 3 lines of handwriting in a 15 minute period. This includes tracing over the models.
The writing process is just so difficult for him! He can make the brain come out the mouth MUCH easier. For those of you who have followed D1 and his story, you know this in itself is a big, HUGE step forward for him!! With his history of apraxia and developmental dyspraxia, just TALKING was a really big deal for several years. Now we are dealing with the writing aspect of it. He tends to do a little better using a keyboard for things like spelling, but I think it will be a while before he can use a keyboard in place of a pencil for writing. For the time being, we just deal with it.
I need some suggestions. How to notebook when the students don’t WRITE? Or don’t write much? D1 can copy a sentence he has dictated, but it can take him an hour. (Again, he is NINE.) He can’t draw very much, although he does enjoy it, he has a low endurance for writing in general. So what do we do? I have thought about getting both boys started using a sort of Scrapbooking to Learn method. I enjoy digital scrapbooking, and I’ve considered just getting them started, using clipart or images from Google Images, to produce notebook pages that way. (The issue comes in with expense here, as each page will run me 99 cents to have Costco print them.) The results would probably be really great though, right?
So what do you notebookers suggest? How about you special needs homeschoolers, what would you suggest? I know what I want to have things look like eventually. I also know that right now, this is where we’re at. I’m open to suggestions!