One Simple Hack For Your Memoria Press Lesson Plans
We are using Memoria Press this year for our homeschool. This will be our third year using it and while it’s rigorous, it’s very much worth our time.
If you’re curious about this curriculum, feel free to read my honest and thorough review right here.
Even if you’re not using the Memoria Press lesson plans, this organization technique could be used for any curriculum that uses a teacher’s guide and/or lesson plans. Adapt it however you wish! This system has really helped me get organized and stay the course with my kiddos!
I have two children using Memoria Press right now, my 11 year old and 13 year old. My 13 yr old has special needs and is working with the special needs version of Memoria Press. It’s called Simply Classical and she’s on level 5/6. I am only going to show you one of the Memoria Press lesson plans, but just know that I do this for both girls, no matter the level. If you have multiple children, this post will be especially handy!
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In a perfect world, we would be in the same week as the manual suggests all through the school year. But, real life happens, so school sometimes doesn’t. And there are days when I don’t feel like doing a particular subject, or my kids don’t want to and I don’t want to battle. Character shaping isn’t done in a day and sometimes those days are too hard to want to deal with, so I may be inclined to skip the battle subjects on those days.
Because of this, we might be on Week 23 for Latin, Week 24 for Literature and Week 25 for Famous Men Of Rome (FMR).
To keep track of what I’m doing, I use these repositionable tab stickers. These are one of the best school supplies I have ever bought! They are inexpensive and come in a wide variety of colors and styles. I can find them at any store in the office supply section. Even though I color code my children, I don’t use the colors here to mean anything, but you certainly could!
Click on the picture to see these at Walmart, or just pick some up next time you’re at the store. You won’t regret it! Once you have them, you’ll find so many other uses for them. I also use them as bookmarks in our read alouds.
As you can see in the picture, I label one with each subject title and then stick it in the lesson plans on whatever week we’re in. When we get done with that lesson, I move it to the next week, so I always know where I’m at.
I also use these tabs in each book to mark where we’re at. Here it is in the Famous Men of Rome book. I use the blue one to mark what chapter we’re on for quick access. In this particular book, I have the pink one in the pronunciation section so I can quickly find it when I need to know how to pronounce a word, which is every time we do this subject!
There are several subjects that I don’t use the Memoria Press curriculum for.
These are math, writing/grammar and science. For these subjects, I use the tab stickers to mark where I am in each book, just like I do for the Memoria Press subjects. I follow the lesson plans that are either included with the curriculum, or just go through day by day, week by week, as the book suggests.
Here are my science lesson plans and how I mark them. You can find these Apologia Science Lesson Plans on Christian Book for all of the Apologia Science books.
That’s pretty much it!
This is a very simple, but a good way to keep me on track, keep us from getting confused and for not wasting time trying to remember where we all are. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need one more thing in my brain to remember!
Going through our lesson plans in this way has been so good at keeping me from the mom guilt that ensues when we don’t complete a subject, either because of time, illness, or appointments (or attitude!). This is reality and that’s OK.
If you’re really struggling with scheduling, check out my Homeschool Scheduling Toolkit. It’s a whole system that helps you schedule out your entire month and it takes about an hour. This is what I do and have done for many years.
My daughter and I also have a podcast about scheduling and will be putting out another one where we talk about the Memoria Press curriculum. Scroll to the bottom of this page for that information!
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