Organization

Free-Reading Resources

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Finding a list of books that fits your value system is difficult.  Then, you have to worry about reading level.  The following lists are compiled from lots of folks “good stuff” lists and organized by author and then by reading level.  Some lists are first organized by author, so scroll down and the list will […]

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Will Work for Prayers!

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It doesn’t say “spiritual gift of spreadsheets” in the Bible, but maybe there is one? Can someone feel the love of Christ in a year-at-a-glance chart? I show love by writing and teaching and writing about teaching. I like to organize, write scripts for curriculum that doesn’t have any, and generally help orient “big picture” […]

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Get a Jump on Next Year–Supply Lists!

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Am I the only one that goes crazy every year making copies and hunting down books and keys and “back of the syllabus” resources scattered all over the house?  Unlikely.  So I made supply lists!  Not just the books, but every dang map, homemade key, printed religion question list, “History assignment overview” I forget to […]

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Memory System Box

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Since we have dyslexia and dysgraphia in kids 2, 3 respectively, I have had to use a lot of alternative curriculum. I keep little pieces of what works for our methodology. This memory box is dreaded and loved. You can tell where I got it from (All About Spelling). It catches all the material that […]

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The First Ten Weeks Automation

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As I mentioned last year, about this time we had a “special” baby.  He’s over that now, but since he needed a lot of care back then, I needed homeschool automated.   It was so successful that I’m doing it again this year. Above you see my sixth grade notebook all dressed and ready to go […]

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K-12 Subject Overview…Almost

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I don’t know about you, but I need more charts in my homeschool life.  Have you ever looked at your yearly resources and said, “Are they ever going to get to ________?  Where are we HEADED?  Is catechism coming back around sometime?”  I can’t tell you how many times I “inserted” things into my yearly […]

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Mark Your Catechism for Sanity

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Last post was really detailed in a CONFUSING way.  So, I’ll tell you how I marked up my catechism. No. 1, Part I:  Creed In Catechism No. 1, I have circled every question #1-83.  These will be seen over and over and over 2GRD-6GRD.  However, some of them have ‘new phrases’ added in Catechism No. […]

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5GRD Catechism Cheat Sheet

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This year (5GRD), the BC No. 2 chapters hop around in the lesson plans.  (See this post, if you’re lost on what I’m talking about.) Also, they don’t arrive on a consistent weekly pattern.  They come week after week, then NOTHING, and then it picks back up.  Also, right now (June 2015) the verbal cues […]

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2015-2016 Liturgical Book Organizer

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I did these last year and they were really awkward to use all year for me, so I changed the format.  Hopefully, this will work better.  Again, all weeks start on Monday and end on Sunday so you can build up to that mass.    This year’s calendar for our personal favorites is free, but if […]

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The 10-Week Super Set-Up

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  We have had some special this year, so I had to get as set up as possible.  Below you see two CT scans, one of a normal nasal pathway, looking down from above on the cheek bones.  All the white is bone.  Notice on the left, that the bones leave plenty of room upfront […]

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Using Blank Books, How Many?

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In each of the lesson plans for K-5GRD grade, there is a recommendation to use blank books for various subjects to make a permanent record of the child’s work for him to enjoy in later years. I have eshewed this in past years in favor of pro-click notebooks or even binders, but I have found […]

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#3 How to Generate a KID GRID

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PARTS OF THIS POST ARE NOW OBSOLETE.  If you are enrolled, all lesson plans are in an online database.  No need for writing your own schedule. My number one tip for homeschool is to bundle your memory work.  Bundle the resources.  Bundle the daily assignments.  Do all the memory work parts of each subject AT […]

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#2 How to Bundle Your Other Mom-Work

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PARTS OF THIS POST ARE NOW OBSOLETE.  Enrolled families have online syllabi. In the last post, I explained several methods for bundling your memory work assignments so as to get them done in one sitting.   It’s the number one way to make working with multiple grade levels go smoothly.  Number TWO is to bundle […]

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#1 How to Bundle Memory Work Assignments

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PARTS OF THIS POST ARE NOW OBSOLETE.  Enrolled families have online syllabi. Over the years, I have bundled the memory work for homeschool in several different ways.  I have found this to be the number ONE way to make my day go smoothly.  Number TWO is to bundle the rest of the “Do this with […]

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How to Make a Child’s Assignment Sheet

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Identify what weekly work they can do alone, or mostly alone. (I don’t have one of these sheets for the 2nd grader, because he doesn’t do anything alone and/or couldn’t read the assignments yet anyway.) Type out only what THEY need to know to get it done.  Not the instructions for you. Be sure to […]

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Multi-Child Planning

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 PARTS OF THIS POST ARE NOW OBSOLETE.  Enrolled families have online syllabi. This works for anyone, but I’m going to specifically talk about MODG.  Most syllabi are written for the mom or the kid.  And almost none of them talk about how to juggle multiple kids.  Here’s how I do it. Identify WORK ALONE assignments. […]

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Read Aloud Lesson Planning

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The “lesson plans” for reading literature aloud for K-3rd are a lists of titles.  I have provided sample plans for each grade, but what if you have a mix? For those of us who like to buy our books at the beginning of the year, there’s no way to tell how many to read or […]

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15-Cent Card Folders

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It’s school season, so don’t forget to take advantage of the 15-cent folders at Walmart!  I made tons of folders for all my Montessori cards.  Look how nice and organized they are!  Use a normal two-pocket, brad-less folders.  Cut it down to a 6×8.  Put staples in the sides.  Two each.  For this particular folder, […]

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Our School: Work Trays Instead of Boxes

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I think it’s most correct to say that “I” use work trays.  Or work boxes with trays instead of boxes.  Whatever. Anyway, each child’s crate has a set of dollar store cookie sheets and the individual subjects stacked on each.  Since the kids do most of their work with me, I find that the stack […]

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Memory Work Binder System

Memory Work

I don’t do well with a big list of assignments.  And for school, my children have phonics, states/captials, poems, catechism, and history dates to memorize.  Do your Latin words.  Go over the Ten Commandments.  Mayflower landed when? Multiply it times three kids….and well, my “To Make Them Do” list is overwhelming!  So now I’ve reduced it to one thing: Review your […]

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