Since I am doing both Creation to the Greeks and First Grade from My Father's World this year, I had a little more work than usual to get ready.
I Printed or Copied
- grid pages from both the CTG and First Teacher's Manuals to make my planner
- pages listed in the Teacher's Manual from Drawing with Children
- Science in the Beginning Notebook (get it under Downloads from Berean Builders)
- Proverbs cursive copywork for my girl to tagalong with her little brother
- English from the Roots Up worksheets (download here)
- 100 chart from back of Singapore Math 4A Home Instructor's Guide
- Song School Greek coloring pages (download here)
My Father's World generously allows for the photocopying of their grid pages for planning and record keeping provided you do not loan, give, or sell the teacher's manual you've copied from. I copied the grid pages from both Creation to the Greeks and First Grade and affixed them to colored paper with wash tape. I arranged them so each week is on a single two-page spread. This way I can view both pages for Week One, for example, at once! I also included a little menu planner for each week since knowing what's for supper is handy -- especially when it means I should be taking out meat to thaw relatively early in the day.
In addition to the copies for my planner, I made a second set of copies of the Creation to the Greeks pages for Miss M's planner. She is becoming more and more independent and I want her to be equipped to move ahead at her pace when she can, so I want her to have her own planner. Hers is a simple spiral bound notebook with each day cut apart from the grid and taped in (with pretty wash tape, of course). I add notes or further instruction as needed -- and hopefully by the end of the year she will have taken over this job as she continues to grow in her ability to manage her time.
The last prints I made were these really cute coloring pages to go along with Song School Greek's vocabulary lessons. There were a LOT of pages, so I printed them six to a page to save paper, ink, and eventually space on my wall! I cut them all apart and am storing them in a little index card box. Mister E will be coloring these while his big sister works on learning to write in Greek.
- timeline pieces from Creation to the Greeks (we will not use the First Grade pieces)
- Books of the Bible chart from MFW 1st grade
- 100 chart and 1-cm graph paper back-to-back (see below)
- Greek Code Cracker wheel
- Greek alphabet flashcards
- Greek alphabet writing practice page
The kids and I enjoyed coloring the timeline pieces in advance so that I could laminate them. They are safely held in a ziploc bag awaiting their turn to be posted on our timeline, so there's not much to see at this point.
We are using Song School Greek for our foreign language this year. I purchased the Code Cracker book (for help learning the alphabet in a fun and interactive way) to supplement the regular book. It came with a code cracker wheel that you cut out and assemble with a brass fastener. I laminated it before assembling for durability. I also printed a Greek alphabet writing practice page from the publisher's website and laminated it (both pages back to back) so it can be used again and again with a dry erase marker.
Up till now I have not felt the need to purchase a Home Instructor's Guide for Singapore Math, but Miss M is now in level 4A and things are finally beginning to be a little more challenging for her. This is a good thing! She needs to be challenged to be happy. In order to be sure I'm equipped to teach her thoroughly and feed that thirsty mind of hers, I went ahead and bought the Home Instructor's Guide for this level. It suggested we use a 100 chart and some graph paper for learning about factors and multiples, so rather than burn through a whole bunch of pages, I decided to make them reusable. I copied the 100 chart from the Appendix, layered it over a page of 1-cm graph paper, and laminated them together. Now she'll be able to use a dry erase marker to find multiples, draw arrays, et cetera.
I had Bound:
- My planner
- Science in the Beginning Notebook (just one for both kids to share)
Okay, by now you must know how much I love colors. Just look at this gorgeous planner! Pretty colors on the cover! Colored paper! Washi tape! The guy at OfficeMax even used blue for the back cover instead of the typical black. I'm in love!!