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Required and optional notebooks and things...important, please read.

There are several things to say about notebooks which flesh out some things about the overall approach that LCC will take when it comes to keeping records of 'real learning.' Because we are a consortium rooted in the liberal arts, this is an important part of the curriculum, and our hope is to scaffold in and out of class work with a few 'real learning pursuits' which don't always look like traditional papers and tests (though we expect there will be a few of those too!).


First, please recall that LCC will continue the tradition that our loose, unnamed consortium engaged in this past year of periodic

Symposium Nights. These were delightful, edifying evening get- togethers that put K-12 student work on display in the form of notebooks laid out to view, recitations, papers read aloud, and community song. We sense they will become a hallmark of our community. The notebooks mentioned below are part of both coursework and these Symposium Nights. Students already keeping these notebooks should NOT begin again! We hope you will just continue in your efforts.


The Book of Centuries is one of the pillars of a Charlotte Mason education. It is a book where historical figures and moments from the ancient world through the present are noted by the student, often with sketches to bring these artifacts, people, and moments to life visually. You can read more about these here: https://www.bookofcenturies.com/about-the-book-of-centuries.html and in this historic article: https://www.adelectableeducation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Bernau.pdf . Students in JH may optionally begin their Books of Centuries, and Students in HS will be required to keep one for our program. It ideally becomes a lifelong tool for learning! There are several options to obtain a B.O.C. in various price ranges. Sadly, two of the best are currently out of stock. Here they are, as well as a third very affordable paperback option. If you are motivated to obtain one of the hardback versions, it is okay to wait a bit into the fall, in case they come back into stock. A motivated student could also make one, and it would be best to model after the first 2 listed here.




The History Archive is a dedicated notebook (more like a sketchbook) where students may keep both written and visual accounts of their history learning. These often take on a highly artistic character, but can also be carefully kept renditions of notes from history learning. JH students are required to keep an Archive, and HS students may optionally keep one. Any hardback sketchbook with heavier paper will serve, though we recommend not smaller than 8 1/2" by 11". Something along these lines are ideal:




The Commonplace Book is yet another notebook which is a pillar of Charlotte Mason notebook keeping. It is begun in high school (though a motivated student could begin earlier), and is a place to record quotes that inspire the student from anything they read or hear (in any subject, from reading, lectures or otherwise). Again, any hardback blank book, either unlined or lined, will work. No constraints here on size, but choosing something 'special' to contain these ideas is the point. Commonplace Books are optional for all students, but please see below:


Time in the High School History on Tuesdays will be allotted for entries in these notebooks. While all HS students must keep a Book of Centuries, they may choose between the Archive and Commonplace Book as a second notebook.


Please reach out with any questions you have about notebook keeping in the Charlotte Mason tradition. While students WILL 'take normal notes' in any lined notebook during classes, as all students must learn to do, we hope these special notebooks will lend purpose and permanence to the learning our students take on.





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