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#1 of 7 Old 08-05-2009, 11:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have a 1st grader. The best thing I've found to use so far is this:
http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/seo...ol/viewall.jsp

I wanted something she could use for both writing and drawing, and I wanted it spiral bound and cheap. So this meets all my criteria. I'd like something with a better cover though, but I suppose that's being picky.

Anybody know of something better?
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Alot of places suggest a sketch book. Right now we just use computer printer paper :

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I bought a spiral bound sketchbook at Hobby Lobby. We decorated the front of ours with scrapbook paper.
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We're using a 3-ring notebook instead of a spiral-bound for a few reasons.

~We can make it as thick as we like instead of being limited to a certain number of pages.
~We can protect pages that have pressed flowers or other delicate additions with page protectors.
~The cover can be individualized for each person's notebook.
~Mistakes won't require my 5-yr-old to rip out a page from a spiral notebook, which would be highly stressful for him. He can simply start on a new page and recycle his mistake.

I've found free printables on the internet, some of which have drawing and lined writing spaces like the journal the OP linked to. The two pdf files below are an example.
http://www.donnayoung.org/science/sc...l/na10wide.pdf
http://www.donnayoung.org/science/sc...al/na6wide.pdf

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we use composition books that are blank on the top half and lined on the bottom half for the little kids and the older kids use a regular composition book.

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We're using a 3-ring notebook instead of a spiral-bound for a few reasons.

~We can make it as thick as we like instead of being limited to a certain number of pages.
~We can protect pages that have pressed flowers or other delicate additions with page protectors.
~The cover can be individualized for each person's notebook.
~Mistakes won't require my 5-yr-old to rip out a page from a spiral notebook, which would be highly stressful for him. He can simply start on a new page and recycle his mistake.

I've found free printables on the internet, some of which have drawing and lined writing spaces like the journal the OP linked to. The two pdf files below are an example.
http://www.donnayoung.org/science/sc...l/na10wide.pdf
http://www.donnayoung.org/science/sc...al/na6wide.pdf

We are starting one this year and decided to use a 3 ring notbook and use plastic cover things on the pages so we can put pressed flowers and things in and then later organize them into catagories like bugs, plants, animals etc and we can add and remove pages easily there are so many printables that you could use to draw/ write enchanted learning has a lot of those you could also make your own in word

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we use composition books that are blank on the top half and lined on the bottom half for the little kids and the older kids use a regular composition book.
This is what I'm doing (composition book, half blank, half lined). I took some paper I had that had real leaves and flowers pressed into it and taped that over the cover to make it more "nature-y," and my (almost) 5yo and (almost) 7yo both love them.

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