Homeschool, My Father's World, My Father's World 1st Grade, My Father's World Kindergarden, Organization, Practical Tips
The concept of how to organize curriculum — ahh, the age old question, right? How in the world to do it?
When I started to homeschool, I didn’t know that was such a big discussion! I just started to follow the directions and that was that. My Father’s World Kindergarten suggested organizing in a folder for each “unit” (letter). That averages about one folder a week. Then to make it easier on myself, I added whatever books/extra I found for each unit I just added behind the folder.
When it was time to get organized for 1st grade, however, I was stuck. What to do?
I finally decided to stick with the folder systems that worked so well for me with K. I labeled each folder for the number days that went with that week. The workbooks, Bible notebook, and Bible reader used with My Father’s World 1st grade went inside her desk, so I didn’t have as much to compile and put together. Thank goodness. Kindergarten took up two milk crates. 1st grade fit in one of these folder boxes (I’ve had this for a bazillion years in my home office, used for various purposes.)
Now I will admit I did take this a bit overboard when organizing, but we were looking at starting 1st grade in a hotel room, remember? So, eliminating any excess and being super organized were the order of the day. But even now that we’re getting closer to the end, I’m still enjoying that craziness!
What I did was clip all the pages together for each day, and put a tiny post-it on it so I’d know which day that work went with. Really, MFW 1st grade doesn’t have that many loose items, especially toward the end. However, this was very useful when I added in any “extras” – our math curriculum worksheets, or any science pages, etc.
And what is making 1st grade so easy for me during this chaotic year? NO THINKING.
After reading other blogs, I really like the idea of having a grid to work with. And yes, the new revision of MFW’s 1st grade now comes with a grid. Oh well, worked on this for ages, and this is what I came up with. I clipped this to the front of each week’s folder.
Actually, this is a picture of an earlier version of my grid. I think I changed it 3-4 times this year to get it the way I really liked it.
And now that I’m combining two years of homeschool with K and 1st, I need EASY. So now, I can just look at the folder and know exactly what comes next. I’ve got little checkmark boxes on each thing, so I can mark off when the assignment is completed. I have a date box at the top, so I can write down the day that we actually did that work, for tracking purposes. At the bottom I wrote the number of the day according to the curriculum, so I could go back and refer to the teacher’s manual when I needed to.
And then, the folders we are currently using (along with with any books, etc) are hung on the back of the door.
The folder system has really worked out great for us, and I plan to keep with it!
Michelle Crooker said:
I love the folders idea – I have done this before, it works great for MFW – Exploring Countries and Cultures, but somehow I had gotten away from that way of organizing. Your post reminds me of how nicely that worked! Thanks for the reminder!
No problem, glad it was helpful! Did you do a different folder for each child with ECC? Or keeping each child in their own folder?
Jessica Voges said:
I saw this on the MFW 1st site and tried to comment but it wouldn’t let me tag you for some reason. Where did you buy or How did you make your Weather Station? I love it! Can you either email me or post in MFW 1st?
Ya know, I found it online! http://www.mrprintables.com/my-weather-station.html I printed the pieces and cut them out, then laminated them to make them more sturdy. We love it!
erica k said:
would you be willing to share your file for the planning page? even though I have the revised MFW book, I think I would like to have it clipped to my folder for ease of use.
Thanks for the comment! I’m working on that right now!
would you be willing to share the file for your planning page you attached on the front of you folder?
Thanks for the comment! I am working on that right now!
modernproverbs31woman.com/2013/08/09/homeschool-curriculum/ Hello all! I wrote an updated post, and the template is there for you to download!
I came across this post on Pinterest. I’m loving your tips! Thanks so much for posting. I was curious, though, if you’re teaching K and 1st at the same time or one right after the other. My son is coming from a public school pre-K and will be homeschooled for me for Kindergarten. I bought the MFW boxed set for that grade. After flipping through it, I’m noticing he knows almost all the information in it. I feel like he’s caught between K and 1st. Do you have any suggestions or recommend combining the two grades together?
I had two kids doing these programs, so I did them at the same time. We mostly followed the 1st grade program with the younger child jumping in where she could to participate, and then she did her K work while big sis was doing her 1st grade work. We pulled in what K extras we liked to repeat. When my oldest did the K program, I felt it was too easy, but we just did it in one semester instead of one year.