Notebook Method

Oct 16

Notebook Method

There are many time tested and true methodologies used in this curriculum and on campus. Many of the methods actually originate from outside the school from a wonderful Christian organization called the Foundation for America’s Christian Education, or F.A.C.E. as many say. This is a big, big question and can lead you on quite a journey. We’ll be starting a monthly live streamed and local training specifically on these methodologies and philosophies in the coming months.

In short, 4-“R”ing is a method that develops critical thinking and a love of learning and application. “Research” through true and good books (scriptures, words of the prophets, classics, primary sources, Noah Webster Dictionary); “Reason” the true principles taught in that research; “Relate” it to you, why it’s important to you, what action this requires of you; “Record” it for your evidence of learning and to solidify the principles learned in your heart.

The Notebook Method facilitates the “Record” portion of the 4-“R”ing process. The notebook is used in every subject by every child. This is their record and becomes their treasure and evidence of learning. The beginning of every course, of every year begins with the children creating their notebooks for each subject. All completed assignments, are stored in their notebooks.

Here are the main points:

1. Sir Francis Bacon has been quoted as saying, “Reading maketh a man full; conference a ready man; and writing maketh him exact.” In distance education courses, as with on-campus classes, students diligently keep notebooks to make an exact record of their learning. This methodology helps students impress the knowledge on both their minds and their hearts. The notebook method can serve as a basis of their learning for years to come.

2. Centuries old, it is the excellent method found in the educational background of the greatest thinkers and leaders in History. In the Bible and Book of Mormon alone, hundreds of references to writing, making records, books and chronicles are found.

3. Mastery of Learning requires that the student makes a written record of his/her study. And the greater – more detailed the record, the greater the mastery attained.

4. The Notebook Approach is more than an efficient way of filing the learner’s work in a three-ring binder, which is how it may appear to you at the beginning. However this method is a valuable tool of reasoning and academic discipline.

5. Over time your child will learn how to become an active producer rather than passive consumer in the educational process. The responsibility for learning is transferred to the student as he/she gets older. Any student who learns to reason from the principles eventually becomes a master of that subject.

6. This method aids in the purposes of education by enlightening the understanding, correcting the temper, and forming the habits of youth that will help develop a self-governing character and independent mentality.

7. You child will have a record of his/her own creativity, productivity, progress in learning and illustrations.


To learn more about other methods that are used in this curriculum please click here


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