The kids and I have been enjoying our Bright Ideas Press, Christian Kids Explore Biology for several months now. We love it. The lessons are just the right size for their attention spans.
When we first got our curriculum I knew that I wanted to put a notebook together for the printable resources that they offer to go with the curriculum. I looked and looked for examples of how others put theirs together with no results. So, I decided I would show you how we put ours together. Please note, these images are from when we first started. So it is still nice and neat.
First I went through and printed out the contents of the printable resources, organized them based on type (unit pages, coloring pages, diagrams, etc…) and then decided that I wanted to add a few extras. Before we get to the extras let me tell you how I put this together.
The first thing in our notebook is the coloring page that is identical to the cover of the book. S took her time and colored it to look just like the cover of the book. She was so pleased with how it turned out.
Then I used a pack of 8 binder dividers to divide each section. The next section is the rest of the coloring pages. I chose to put them first because that is what S enjoys doing while I am reading the text to her. It allows her the ability to grab the page she wants, color it, and put it right back easily without going through the contents of the book.
Next we have our unit pages. These correspond directly with the text. There are quizes, instructions and, worksheets in these pages. Sometimes we complete them, sometimes we don’t. S is in 3rd grade so I am not pushing this very hard this year, just using this to introduce her into the awesome world God has created. This curriculum is perfect for that!
After that we have diagrams. These are awesome teaching tools. I find myself pulling them out before the lesson they go with so I have a visual to teach the children from. I am a visual learner so it is great for my teaching ability to have that tool in my hands.
Then there are the extras in our Biology Notebook…
S loves copywork. I decided the Bible verse pages that were included would be the perfect thing for her to use as her copywork. I do not make the copywork mandatory but something she can work on as I am reading the text. I made a simple half lined page for her to copy her scripture and then draw a picture should she choose too.