Welcome to yet another organization post! This year Aedan will move forward into HOD Creation to Christ. It was his first year home from school last year, and I really wanted to be able to combine the boys, so he joined his brother in Bigger Hearts with Extensions. It was an great year! I'm so thankful that we were able to study American History together. I am sad to have to skip Preparing, but I felt that as we move into 5th grade, that Aedan is really ready for more of a challenge. I will share his full program in another post.
I chose to remove the binding from the guide this year.
Creation to Christ is a pretty simple guide to organize. The only thing I have left to organize are our watercolor supplies. I have tons of watercolor paint from various kits. I need to look through them to see what we have left to purchase.
I bought a new Staples Better Binder for Aedan because he decided that he wanted everything to be yellow this year :) A friend asked me if I thought the cost of a Better Binder is worth it. I have to say I do think they are worth the price. They often go on sale at back to school time, so look out for deals. I have Better Binders that are 4 years old, and still look new. At the beginning of each week I take out the pages that will be used and put them all on a clip board. These binders are too big to work out of, but they make a nice place to store everything in one place.
Our first section of the notebook includes our history notebooking pages. Creation to Christ is the first year that Heart of Dakota makes available their own beautiful, full color student notebook pages. These are gorgeous, and will be a wonderful record of what we learn.
Our next section includes science notebooking and experiment pages. These pages can be found at the HOD Yahoo group, or Facebook HOD CtC page. Again, I am so thankful for all the hard work people share. I know that each file that I download was a labor of love, and took a lot of time to create.
Our next section is for our studies in A Child's Geography.
I pre-printed all the maps that we are required to print throughout the year. I laminated the already labeled maps that we will use to reference for our studies. All of these are printed on card stock.
We are also required to print travel logs from the CD. There are 3 designs to choose from, but I knew my little artist would like the one on the left. It is optional to have a test at the end of each chapter. I went ahead and printed them. We will probably go over these orally.
Every so often the guide tells the students to copy something in their common place book.
Instead of using a composition book, I added ruled paper to this section. I now have a separate Common Place Book that will be added to throughout the middle guides. It will mostly be bible copywork, and the memory work for Poetry.
I copied and laminated the written narration skills list from the appendix.
I removed the poetry section of the guide, and put it in my teacher binder. I chose to make Aedan his own poetry book. This is totally unnecessary, but apparently I love to use as much ink as possible!
I thought it might be nice for Aedan to have his own copy especially while he paints his poetry watercolor pictures. I like to keep my guides as nice as possible because they will be reused and sold.
HERE to see the supplies we used.
HERE to see the supplies we used.
Last year we juggled multiple composition books. This year I bought a 5 subject notebook, so that everything would be more contained. The 5 sections will be for R&S English, Write With the Best Writing, R&S Spelling (and HOD Dictation), Written Narrations, and Math (Life of Fred.) I'm sure this notebook cover will be covered with Aedan's pictures once he gets a hold of it :)
The front of our new binder has a great little pocket. I pre-cut the first months paper for the history projects, and added whatever helps he might need.
I think that covers it :) I will return to this post with whatever I figure out for how to store our art supplies and work. I'm still tinkering in my mind about that! I would love to hear any suggestions you have, or how you have organized your books!