The Homeschool Glossary
A Directory of Homeschool Terminology
for the Totally Confused
A kind nickname used by homeschoolers to refer to a parent who is new to
National Home Education Network, "exists to encourage
and facilitate the vital grassroots work of state and local homeschooling
organizations and individuals by providing information, fostering networking
and promoting public relations on a national level."
This term is usually used to describe homeschool support groups, organizations,
and publications that are not associated with a particular religious denomination.
In homeschool circles, the term is sometimes used interchangeably with the word
A method used to creatively journalize or track homeschool studies and learning
experiences by recording them on pages in notebooks or 3-ring binders. In the
popular children's historical fiction book,
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch,
by Jean Lee Latham, the main character, a young man named Nathaniel Bowditch
(born 1773), uses notebooking to record what he learns about astronomy and
nautical navigation leading to his famous work, The American Practical Navigator,
also known as "The Sailor's Bible."
This piece of children's literature helped to make the notebooking concept popular.
Homeschoolers who engage in notebooking jot notes or write thoughts about what they
are studying. They may enhance the pages with drawings, photos, and illustrations.
They may even paste mementos of academic pursuits and subjects of interest onto the
pages - similar to a scrapbook. (See also
"Lapbooking" entry.) For more
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