I know what you are thinking. How is that a novel idea? Well, we use the TABS fully to our advantage! My students are only allowed to TAB the beginning of each unit on their NEWSLETTER page.
Their NEWSLETTER page includes all important dates, reminders, vocabulary, essential questions, and skills for our UNIT. Perhaps best of all, it is always followed by our GUIDING TEXT that encompasses everything that will be covered in our unit for social studies. I'll post later about how we use our guiding text, but for now, just know that my students (and their parents) know that all the facts they need to remember for social studies can be found in those texts.
After the TAB SECTION, you can find ALL of our station work, small group work, vocabulary work, grammar word, etc. You name it, and we include it in our WORKSHOP NOTEBOOK. But, most importantly, my students (and their parents) know that everything they need to know for the entire unit is located near the TAB! It's actually very simple! Hope this helps!