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Monday, August 22, 2011

Love IT!

What I'm really trying to say is that I like THIS: My Father's World guidebook that came with our geography study called,"Exploring Countries and Cultures."
This handy, dandy little guidebook serves the purpose of both guide AND planner. While ECC is a cultural geography program it schedules in and includes the following subjects: Bible, Geography, and Science. It also has recommendations for Language Arts & Read Alouds. The part I r e a l l y like is where it leaves a blank space for Math, Spelling, English, Reading, Foreign Language, etc. Enter: my planner for this year! What I do is take the rectangular blank, draw a diagonal line across it, and then fill in what my family is using for those subjects. I have two children, so this method works well for me.

In MFW guidebooks, each day is its own column. At the beginning of the week I fill in the lesson numbers with brief descriptions for the subjects that are not already assigned by My Father's World. I also write the number of the school day we're doing for the week. So, for this week, the days are numbered 16 through 20. When each subject is completed, I whip out my handy-dandy yellow highlighter and highlight items as they are completed. It feels so good at the end of the day to see all of the yellow marks on my planner/guidebook. I also keep a little notebook and write down assignments from Geography that may need to be carried over to the next day or week.

Why is this so exciting to me? Well, it's like this. I know I am not the most organized cubby on the shelf, but I am enjoying watching the Lord help me improve. It's fun to make progress! Ultimately, we all benefit.

Note: The frequent use of the word "handy-dandy" is a mark of how much I LOVE one of my homeschooling tools. Truly, a sign of affection!