Did you free-hand the grid or make it on your computer?
I used a yard stick to make the grid lines and a big piece of art paper. You could certainly do this on your computer though!
Are the post it’s color coded by child?
How are the grids organized? Months? Child?
The grid has my children’s names (with grade) down the left side and across the top are the subjects to be taught for the year. This grid is my brainstorming plan for the entire upcoming year!
On my grid, you see 4 post-its down the left side – Sweet Pea (my 9th grader), Sparkly (my 5th grader), Peanut (my 1st grader) and Family Work. Across the top I have listed the following subjects:
** Language Arts
** History & Geography
** Science & Nature Study
** Fine Arts
You could list any subjects you like, but the key here is to keep this general. Everyone will be doing something with Language Arts, but my first grader will be learning to read and my 9th grader will be writing expository essays so the post-its inside their particular section of the grid will reflect the work, program, or ideas I have for that child for this particular year.
Do you keep the books in the bins all school year, or do you do something else?
The books are only out in the bins as long as it takes for me to consider them and get some basic plans on paper. When I plan out my year, I divide it up into 4 quarters, which makes it easier for me to plan. Once my grid is in place, and the book bins are filled with materials from my shelves, I can begin getting some ideas onto paper.
I like working in a document with a table inserted, but you could work in excel just as easily. I sort by subject and start listing books and authors. I consider which books will be read/studied during which quarter (for example, sometimes it makes sense to study some things during certain natural seasons (botany in spring, winter birding, Lepanto in Literature coordinated with other books which flesh out 16th century culture and context). Just moving one subject, one book at a time, I can work through a year for a child and get some good plans on paper. I make note for example if a book is *x* number of pages long, how many pages will need to be read in a week to complete that book in one quarter.
I’ll be happy to put some sample pages up as soon as I have my details nailed down! I’m still finalizing my 9th graders Shakespeare plans, and I’m deciding at the last minute to spend a year with Thornton Burgess’ The Burgess Bird Book for Children because of some interest on the part of all the children and some amazing resources I found that accompany this study! Once details are done, I’ll be sure to give you sample pages!
Here you go! A little teaser! Here are the book baskets almost ready to go for the first quarter! (note…not every book is read completely in Quarter 1 – some books are only partially read.) Enjoy peeking!
Of course, not everything is pictured, but I thought you’d have fun reading spines! I know you want the details on what we picked for the year! Soon, I promise! ‘Til then…enjoy your tea and your planning and the sweet delights of summer!
A Year Considered – The Early Years – something between K and 1st grade plans
A Year Considered – 5th Grade
A Year Considered – 9th Grade (and do check out the links and resources offered for Charlotte Mason in high school)
Edited to say…I finally found a few of the great posts that originally inspired me in the Post-it note planning department. It took some hunting, but be inspired…
Plainsong – Keeping “Posted”
Footprints on the Fridge – I’ve Found the Cure