Sometimes I really struggle with keeping my kid’s attention as I homeschool them. I've needed something to break out of the mold, to not only grab their attention but to keep it... yet I had no idea what that something could be. Enter the Visual Note-Taking Online Course! It's revolutionizing our school day already after only one week of using it.
What is visual note-taking?
In a word - pictures! It's a tool for trying to understand and remember information by doodling, which is actually really helpful in retaining information.
Visual note-taking is a way to doodle with a purpose.
Why kids should learn visual note-taking
We've all heard it said and maybe we've even said it ourselves: "I'm a visual learner." Isn't it natural, then to be a visual note-taker? The two fit very well together. At least 65 percent of people are visual learners and visual language increases memory retention by about 40 percent! Today, three out of four of my kiddos received an A+ on their spelling test. Visual note-taking makes it easier for my kids to "picture" the words and recall them from memory. I'm really looking forward to what this will do for us throughout the rest of this school year!
How does it work?
The visual note-taking course is set up to last for 6 weeks. However, we did it in one. The kids and I had a lot of fun doing the course together. If you prefer, you can also do it alone, though I thought it was helpful to do it with my kids. They are in 3rd and 6th grade and it worked well for all of us.
Users log in online and go through the course step-by-step. It isn't necessary to do the course in order, so started with things that sounded the most fun. We began with how to draw people and then were surprised to find out that each of the sections really was fun! The instructor, Ashton, has a sweet voice and includes fun music in the videos when you're meant to copy what she's doing. She made even line drawing and bulleting fun!
Included is the course itself plus practice exercises, "Visual Vocabulary" and PDF templates (I printed them out and put them in a binder for easy reference), access to a special Facebook group, and weekly detailed workbooks. A few interesting courses are how to draw letters, people, boxes, and shading. The course also discusses how to take successful notes.
Who's it for?It's really for anyone in any type of instructional setting. Visual-Notetaking is perfect for homeschool, traditional school settings, or even for board meetings. Pictures and colors really do grab and keep anyone's attention more than simply writing on a board. My kids are using it to take notes, write out their spelling word lists, and in their journaling and letter writing. I'm using it in their to-do lists and on the board during our instructional time. I've noticed that the visuals definitely do help words and phrases to stand out and keeps everyone's attention.
This simple skill is something we'll be able to use for the rest of our lives. Whether my kids stick with journaling, comic-book writing, note-taking, or end up as CEOs in a company or teachers at home or in a brick and mortar school, Visual Note-Taking is something that will be an asset for them. I'm so glad we stumbled across it!
About the All-Star Blogger
Celena Marie is a historical fiction writer and graduate school student majoring in Elementary Education. She’s been homeschooling her four kiddos for six years and absolutely loves it! She blogs about all things ladylike and homeschooling on The Traveling Sisterhood.