My 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 ClassicalConversations.com. 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!