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Organizing My Father’s World Ancient History and Literature for the School Year

We’re two and a half weeks from the beginning of Stargirl’s ninth grade year. I guess it’s time I start planning and organizing.

I think our plans are figured out, though we’re working out the final few details. I believe we are going to be able to stick with the charter school we signed up for last year, while at the same time allowing Stargirl to take band at our local high school. Hopefully I will get confirmation of that this week.

I also have a couple of meetings with the charter school staff next week to make sure we can swing the extra requirements we’ll have to meet for the charter school. If it doesn’t work out, I’m completely comfortable homeschooling without the charter school oversight, though, so I’m not stressed about it.

As far as curriculum goes, here’s the lineup:

  • Bible: My Father’s World Ancient History and Literature (MFW AHL)
  • History: MFW AHL
  • English: MFW AHL
  • Math: Math U See Algebra
  • Science: Prentice Hall Biology
  • Foreign Language: Rosetta Stone French
  • Electives: Band, possibly choir, and maybe a semester of logic. We’ll see how first semester goes

I spent last night putting together a binder to keep Stargirl’s life organized. I got the idea from someone on the MFW High School Yahoo Group, so it’s not original. But I love the way it turned out!

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I used a three inch binder with lots of divider tabs. In the front is a pencil pouch, which will contain pencils, pens, glue stick, and scissors.

Behind the pencil pouch I used a plastic folder to hold timeline figures for Stargirl’s timeline. The folder snaps closed, so the figures will stay put.

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I used the tabbed dividers to create the following sections:

  • History – Review Questions
  • History – Maps
  • History – Quizzes
  • History – Greek Alphabet
  • Bible – Old Testament Challenge
  • Bible – Kings Chart
  • Bible – Daniel Study
  • Bible – Service Project Log
  • English – Papers in Progress
  • English – Completed Papers
  • English – Exercises
  • English – Reading Log
  • Math – Daily Work
  • Math – Tests
  • French – Resources
  • French – Audio Companion Exercises
  • French – Real Life Activities

I left out science, as Stargirl will be studying Biology with other kids outside the home. I figured it would be better to create a smaller, more portable binder for science.

Most of the binder sections are blank right now, just waiting to be filled with Stargirl’s work. There are a few exceptions, however.

The maps section contains a pocket with photocopies of the maps Stargirl will need this year, as well as the Rand McNally Historical Atlas to help with mapping activities.

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The Greek Alphabet section contains copies of all the Greek Alphabet worksheets in the MFW AHL student guide.

The Kings Chart section contains a copy of the Kings Chart from the MFW AHL student guide.

The Daniel Study section contains the complete Daniel Study workbook.

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I found a service hours log template (PDF) online, which I photocopied and placed in the Service Project section.

I made up a basic reading log to place in the Reading Log section.

The French Resources section contains a folder with the My Father’s World Rosetta Stone plans.

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Finally, I added binder paper to the back of the binder, so Stargirl won’t have to hunt for any as she’s doing her work.

I plan to check her binder on Fridays to make sure she’s keeping up and to discuss her work for the week. And I’m hoping that by keeping everything contained in one place, we can minimize Stargirl’s wandering around the house to find the materials she needs.

And at the end of the year, I can pull what I need for record keeping. It’s a win-win situation: a win for Stargirl, and and win for me! Organization is always a good thing!

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Comments

  1. That’s a great idea. I’ve got to admit to being a little geeky. Even though I’ve been out of school for a lot of years, I still love school supplies and the idea of getting organized and ready for a new school year.

    Did you do all this yourself? Do you think it would have helped Stargirl to either compile or help compile the binder? Just wondering if having a hand in putting it together would help cement the “organizedness” in Stargirl’s thoughts.

  2. I did do it myself. With Stargirl, it works better if I work out a process and explain it to her. She gets frustrated and overwhelmed otherwise. For other kids, though, it would probably work well to include them as part of the process!

  3. Thanks, Lynnae. That must be one of the benefits of homeschooling. You know Stargirl well and know what’s works best to minimize her frustration and make the most of her educational experience. I’m still envious of the organized binder. :)

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