Here's the one that I enjoy talking about the most...
I have a serious addiction to organizing paper. I love file folders, hanging folders, labels, tabs, and binders. It's a sickness. Truly.
Anywho, our core curriculum this year has no workbooks, but has a million (not really, but at least several hundred per child) pages that we printed out for this year. It is set up in six week units. This is how I keep all THAT paperwork straight....
I keep the 24 folders, our main TM, the readers, my lesson plan folder, and all of my teaching supplies in this bag. If we were to go on vacation, I could bring everything we would need for school just by grabbing this bag. I am pretty sure I couldn't live without it!
I mentioned my lesson plan folder. I'm on my second homemade lesson planner this year. The first one was totally overwhelming, so I started to shop for a planner again. I found one that I LOVED, but I didn't have the cash to invest at this time, so I sort of copied it. I am still deciding whether or not my guilt about copying the idea is logical or emotional.
I keep a lot in my planner. It has spaces for each subject, and lines I can separate the children's assignments on. Yes, I know it is still pretty empty. I just printed these yesterday! All of the planner pages come from DonnaYoung.org That site is FANTASTIC and has a lot of options. They also have household planning/organizing pages that I use in my huge household binder.
Like I said earlier, our state doesn't require we keep records, but I prefer to because I like to make sure we always go above and beyond anyone's requirements or expectations.
So there it is. It's not as fancy and professional as I would like. I didn't take the time to type everything in. It's just the reality of changing everything after a month of school!
A MONTH... Is it just me, or is time going WAY WAY WAY too fast.
We better make each day count!