This year we will detour into My Father's World Exploring Countries & Cultures. I've been known around here to spend a little too much time in office supply stores buying supplies. It didn't take too long to organize this guide. Fortunately MFW provides student notebook pages. I did print off other things that many generous MFW moms had made. This is how I put it all together:
This is my shiny new guide, the student notebook, and my master schedule.
As folks around here know, I'm always pushing these Staples Better Binders. They are so worth the money! These things are indestructible. I've never had to throw one away. You can recycle your old binders at Staples and get $2 back for each one. That helps the cost some at least. They go on sale during back to school time, so grab them then, or you'll go broke! I bought the 1 1/2 inch size for the student notebook. 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.
Another thing I love over at Staples is their Better Dividers. Again, these things last forever. I always recycle the ones I used from previous years. I love that there are printable labels to use. You can find that template here.
I've divided the binder into these sections:
- Memory Verses
- North America
- South America
- Bible Copywork
- Hero Tales
- Geography Vocabulary
- Geography Game
- Fast Facts
I included the memory verses in the first section.
The next tab has all of the pre and post test world geography pages, and anything else that doesn't belong in the continent sections.
I pre-printed all A Trip Around the World Pages, and Another Trip Around the World Pages and included them in each continent section, so we won't have to do that in the future. This is the North America section.
I'm so thankful for the creator of the blog Mama Jenn. She created these great Bible copywork pages.
She also made Hero Tales copywork pages. I like that there is a place to draw a picture.
Additionally she made geography vocabulary pages. All of these activities are scheduled in the MFW guide.
The next section holds the Geography game pieces, though I may take these out to put in the binder I keep mine in.
The last section holds the Fast Facts drill sheets. We will probably not use these as much as CLE already has daily math drills.
I laminated the Geography Game instructions, boards, and game pieces. I 3 hole punched them and put them in the binder. This binder also holds the Currency Kit conversion pages.
I laminated all of the game pieces and separated them by continent.
The new Currency Kit did not come cut out. This literally took (hours.) I chose not to laminate the pieces as I will not be using this guide again in the future. Even if I were, I'm not sure I would have. It took long enough!
This is my master schedule. I like having an official record that includes all the things we do. I bound it with my fancy new ProClick Binding Machine! If you'd like a cover for your teacher resources, mine is here.
I keep attendance and field trip logs in the front.
This is our official attendance sheet for the year.
This is where we will keep a log of the field trips we take. There will be plenty of fun things we will get to do with this guide! We're going to have lots of fun!
I look forward to getting to know you MFW ladies. I have a whole lot to learn about this new guide. I hope to learn from your successes, and maybe I will be able to share some of mine. We start school in 4 weeks! See you soon!