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The Full Year Notebook System helps to costumize one notebook per child. This is a complete scheduling system and planner.
It is divided with tabs into these sections:
- Calendar (separated by months) – This is where I put my printed out weekly schedule from Home School Tracker Plus. Using Homeschool Tracker has allowed me to keep organized spreadsheets for each individual child schedule and I use it for lesson planning. It has many uses, but these are the main two that I use it for. At the end of the school year I file this in a filing cabinet by school year, with year end evaluations.
- Several science topics – (Life science, chemistry, animals) are the current ones and I hole punch and place reproducibles that I will use here. I also put my lesson plans from HST that I have created for science here.
- History – Here I have a chronological movie list and some ideas I have printed off the internet, like recipes for a Medieval feast. My Tapestry of Grace scope and sequence and list of books that I will be using or need to get is kept here also.
- Individual tabs for each person – Next I have tabs for my children plus myself. Every 6 months or so I evaluate progress in character, school subjects, list books the child has read and I critique myself to see how I can be a better mother and teacher using Garden Patch Reproducibles.
- Field trips – These are written down by date and expense. I keep past and future planned field trips here. Also, information for any museums etc. that we keep a membership to.
- Wish list – I keep a running wish list, so when it is time to order books I get this list out.
- Borrowed/Loaned – This is the section that I write down books that have been borrowed and when they were returned, and when /what I borrow from friends. I always know where my books are and this makes it very easy for me to graciously lend any books that I am not currently using.
- Expenses – I keep all receipts so I can calculate our growing expense. I don’t know why I do this, but maybe some day it will come in handy.
- Important papers – Copies of my diplomas, copies of kids health records and letter of intent with the school system. (I don’t keep our evaluations here, I keep our evaluations in a filing cabinet by school year).
- There are a few random tabs that change each year depending on our subjects. For instance, I have a Bible memory section and a music appreciation section to house some reproducibles.
I also keep a myriad of stickers in the front pocket for rewards and a zippered pouch with pens and a highlighter. These are the few things that I have to know where to find them easily throughout the day.
Written by Brenda