Today I am spending some much needed planning time on All American History JR. Volume 2.
I am a planner, I love to have things done ahead of time, because the littlest thing can throw me off track, like no tape or printer ink ☺
First I printed out the color pages, notebook pages, maps and puzzles for the first semester. Then scanning through the lesson plans to know which map and puzzle go in which lesson, I put together their notebooks. I use the color page as the beginning of the lesson, since my boys like to color while I read to them. Then I added the notebook pages, followed by the map and the puzzles. Any other additional work and activities can be added as we complete the lessons.
I did design a fun cover sheet for their notebooks, later they will color in some of the images and add some stickers. (OH I am sharing that cover sheet here: Blank-AAH-cover
Last year cutting out figures, taking notes and assembling the folderbooks really slowed us down. This year we have assembled the books in advance. With a pencil, I labeled the back of the information inserts and placed them in a plastic bag. This way they can just tape in the information and decorate the figures as they read the lessons. My son finds it difficult to pull out the important information from the lesson, I am going to use the folderbook as a guide for that information, and then have him fill in the notebook pages.
I printed out the challenge cards and timeline figures and hired my teenager to cut them out and place them in a plastic bag. Now they are in my teacher bin waiting for school to start.
The week before we actually start school, I am going to spend that time completing the Mini-Government lesson. This should be a great way to ease back into school and get ready for this coming election year!
Are you planning for All American History this school year? Have any ideas you want to share? Please leave it in the comments!