Challenge A Notebook Organization

Challenge A Notebook Organization - SixMoreSummers.comMy family participates in a classical group learning environment for homeschoolers called Classical Conversations. There are campuses all over the world, and there’s probably one in your backyard if you live in the USA. If you would like to learn more, visit To find out why I love the CC Challenge Program for middle and high schoolers, read my post about it by clicking here.

It’s pretty common that I see people wondering how to organize their notebooks for Challenge A. When approaching this daunting task, there are a few things to consider.

1. Consider the desires of your student’s tutor
2. Consider the desires of your student
3. Consider the needs of your student including their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to organization

Many tutors ask students to bring everything to community day. I’ll be honest – I’m not sure why. I don’t see the value in lugging every single map drawing and every last ANI chart. But I do see the value in having all Latin work handy, as that is something students regularly need to look back on. I also see the value in keeping the entire years worth of work though, and so, there is a system needed.

With that in mind, my girl helped me out by explaining, in her own words, how we approached organization last year. She’ll show you what products we used and explain how we used each one. I hope it helps you when trying to decide how to organize for your year.

So here’s what you’ll need:

1 inch binder – for Classical Conversations Guide
1 inch binder – for Latin folder (with dividers – inquire with your tutor how she recommends you divide up your binder)
3 inch zipper binder – for storage of all finished work, which will serve as a record of your year (with 5 dividers)
Duotang or Pronged Folder – with a mulit-pocket portfolio inside – for transporting all currently due homework to and from community day

We used all loose leaf and blank drawing paper last year – absolutely no notebooks, and I’m glad about that decision. We found that loose leaf was the easiest to work from, and the easiest to just toss in the garbage if mistake were made, or she just wanted to begin again.

What do you think? How did you organize all those beautiful maps and papers? Let me know what you think in the comments, below!

All of this, and more awesome ideas for Challenge A organization and supplies can be found by checking out “Challenge A – What I Can’t Live Without”

15 comments on Challenge A Notebook Organization

  1. Susan
    May 22, 2017 at 6:08 am (1 year ago)

    This is so helpful! Do you mind sharing the brand and where you purchased the pockets in the prong folder?

    • amygarwood
      August 15, 2017 at 5:39 pm (1 year ago)

      I’m sorry, I don’t own this anymore, but I know we just purchased it at Target when we got our other supplies. You could definitely make one out of pocketed dividers though 🙂

  2. Raeline McIntyre
    July 10, 2015 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

    Question: I noticed I had room in the Challenge Guide 1″ binder. Do you see any issue with putting the poly punched folders for weekly assignments in there?
    Wonderful information. Thank you. I feel so much more prepared!!

    • amygarwood
      July 31, 2015 at 6:22 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m sure it’s fine 🙂 We are really easily disorganized around here. So keeping things very specific works best for us!

  3. Malia Opfer
    May 29, 2015 at 9:59 pm (3 years ago)

    How did you divide your Latin folder? Cases, Vocabulary…? Thanks for your help on this.

    • Rae
      July 10, 2015 at 11:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Malia, did you ever find out?

      • Rae
        July 11, 2015 at 12:40 am (3 years ago)

        I listened again. The video says
        Assignments, Notebooking, Latin Rules, Parts of Speech, Charts and Quizzes.

        Laine, is this still your recommendation? Are declensions and conjugations part of the Latin Rules section?

        • amygarwood
          July 11, 2015 at 2:48 pm (3 years ago)

          Hi! The rules section are the things from the grammar book that were important to remember. I think it’s best to organize in whatever way makes the most sense for you. Using lined paper in an actually binder is good too, because then you can always move things around later. Your tutor may have some good ideas as well.

      • Malia
        August 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm (2 years ago)

        Thanks, yes, I did!

  4. Amy K
    March 30, 2015 at 10:44 am (4 years ago)

    We will be doing Challenge A in the fall. We have always used 3-ring binders, but I find my boys are too lazy to open them every time they need to file something! Sad, I know. So I am thinking about buying them a large, 5-section spiral notebook, with easy rip-out pages. Then they could do their work in there and rip it out to put in the 3-ring binder when a lot of work is done, and ready to be organized. Do you think this would work? Are there any major drawbacks you can think of? Thank you!

    • amygarwood
      April 1, 2015 at 11:36 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Amy 🙂 I think that sounds fine – really with organization, it’s all about what works for your family, and your boys! Have them commit to a system, and don’t be afraid to change it if it isn’t working. Good luck!

  5. Mary
    August 19, 2014 at 6:52 am (4 years ago)

    I LOVE THIS! Tell your daughter GREAT JOB. (On a side note — if that shirt is from Delia’s my daughter has the same one – lol)

    • amygarwood
      August 19, 2014 at 8:52 am (4 years ago)

      It totally IS – was your daughter wearing it in that picture of her reading The Phantom Tollbooth? Because when I scrolled by that picture I thought it was LAINE! LOL

  6. Sarah M
    August 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you! My oldest will start ChA soon and I’m gathering supplies. I was feeling lost at how to pull it altogether. The video was esp helpful.

    • amygarwood
      August 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m so glad! Hopefully you feel better about things – don’t panic! Give it a few weeks and you’ll see the big picture. You’ll feel so much better 🙂


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