Notebooking Through American History with Home School in the Woods

Notebooking through American History

I remember when I hated history. There was nothing more boring to me than memorizing dates, names, places, and events that seemed to have no significance in my life other than making me really good at trivia games. Simply put, I just didn’t want to be bothered with it.

Fast forward 20 years… history has become my passion. It has helped me to define who I am, where I’m going, and who I want to be.

You might be wondering how this change came about. I’ll give you one word: homeschooling.

(This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.)

Rather than guaranteeing my kids will detest history by forcing them to memorize and regurgitate factoids, in our home, history – particularly American history – is approached through living books and noteboooking (two of my favorite things).


Time Travelers: The American Revolutionby Home School in the Woods, makes this delightfully easy.

What is Time Travelers?

Time Travelers is a digital homeschool curriculum that is a treasure trove of resources for those families who love to incorporate notebooking into their history lessons.

Combined with a correlating living book (we used Carry On, Mr. Bowditch), Time Travelers offers scores of notebooking-style activities that not only supplement learning, but will hold a child’s interest, as well.

Included in this curriculum are downloadable printables that include:

  • copywork
  • maps
  • mini-books
  • notebooking pages
  • and so much more!

While living books are a time-honored method of teaching tools, sometimes it can be tricky to plan how to use these stories for written work, especially for those homeschoolers in states which require work samples.

Time Travelers takes away the angst that myriads of homeschool parents feel by expanding on historical topics in fun and interesting ways for children and parents alike.

What other history topics can I choose from?

While I chose to use the American Revolution unit with my kids, this era is far from being the only choice that Home School in the Woods offers in the Time Travelers series. Other options include:

  • New World Explorers
  • Colonial Life
  • Early 19th Century
  • Civil War
  • Industrial Revolution Through the Great Depression
  • World War II


How do I use Time Travelers for notebooking?

As I mentioned earlier, this curriculum is chock full of printables of all types. One important thing to remember about notebooking is that not every notebooking page has to be a written narration. Almost anything at all can go into a notebook.

This includes every single printable offered in the Time Travelers series – even those designed to be used in lapbooks, such as mini-books. Copywork is also an excellent notebooking source. Many of the the cursive copywork pages offered by Home School in the Woods are passages from living documents.

So often, homeschool parents are at a loss as to what to do with all of their children’s work. Time Travelers offers a solution by providing resources that can easily be used as not only a keepsake portfolio, but as a reference notebook for future inquiries.

If you’re a notebooking family, Time Travelers is a must for your study of American history.

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Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

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