Abeka Lesson Organization

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A few posts back, I shared my thoughts on Abeka: First Grade.  While I'm starting to get the hang of it and our days are going much smoother, that wasn't always the case.  I went in with one idea and was quickly wondering what I had gotten myself into.  Long story short, after accumulating all the "optional" materials things improved greatly, but organization was still a huge issue.

I began browsing online to see how other homeschooling families organized their Abeka lessons.  I simply wanted to have some understanding and starting point. I wasn't having much luck until I came across this post which was helpful.  I took the idea of a file system and decided to give it a try by creating a smaller version.

Filing System

My idea and main objective was to, at least, get a six week grading period organized.  This meant heading to Target to look for inspiration.  I happened upon a wooden file holder and some cute hanging file folders.  I then used simple manila file folders and created labels for each.  For my trial run, I decided to label by weekday.  I made 6 sets of Monday-Friday folders and put each week in a hanging folder.

Files

You could also do this by lesson number, if you prefer.  I then tore out all worksheets needed for that particular day/lesson.  For example, if this specific Wednesday is Lesson 56 then all Lesson 56 paperwork would be included.  Pretty simple.  To simplify further, I stapled all seatwork papers together, including a tablet sheet.  Daily sheets (like math or the occasional spelling paper) are paper clipped to the seatwork packet.  The stapled packet takes care of two days of seatwork (one lesson on front, another on the back) and Abby can hold on to the seatwork packet until it is completed on the second day.  All finished paperwork is then filed away in a plastic container.

Seatwork

I also use this same system for Summer's Tot School Printables.  Each letter has a folder, which is filed by the specific week.  It helps keep them easily accessible and helps me know which letters are coming up.

As we continue to progress through the curriculum, I'm open to modifying this system.  But for now, it's helping so much.

I'm curious, how do you organize your lessons?


Interested in how we store our Abeka materials?  Click here for a detailed post.

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8 comments:

  1. This system has been working so well for me. I used it for the end of the 2013-2014 year and the entire 2014-2015 school year. It has been such a great complement to the ABeka curriculum. Thank you for your post on it. I found it on Pinterest and was excited that other homeschool moms do a similar system. My modification is to label the file folders for each child and have one hanging file for each week. :)

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience! I agree, it works well with Abeka and has made our days so much easier.

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  2. My current organizational dilemma is what to do with the charts, graphs, flash cards, etc. that go along with the lesson plans. Do you just organize these in the back and pull them out as needed daily?

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    1. Hi Alissa,

      I purchased some Sterlite 3 Drawer containers and I also had some of the smaller ones on hand. The smaller 3 drawer containers are just perfect for storing the blend cards and clue word cards. The larger 3 drawer containers worked well for storing the place value cards, arithmetic charts and in one drawer I put our arithmetic flashcards/combination dot cards along with other manipulatives like straws, rulers and play money. Really anything I used quite frequently was in one spot. For the phonics charts, I did much of the same. The phonics flashcards were in one drawer, the phonics charts I laminated since there were used so much and kept them in another drawer. I attempted to keep these in order for easy reference but to be honest I didn't do a very good job at that. Most days I had Abby work on something else while I gathered the specific chart. I can do a post on our setup and kind of show how we did it if that would help.

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    2. Hi, My name is Sarah Kelly! I too was having this problem and then it hit me... for the bigger charts (full page size) I put them in sleeve protectors and 3" binders!!!! I was just in awe that I hadn't thought of it sooner. This allows them to see both sides of the charts and I can find the quickly! My kids are in 1st and 3rd so we have obtained a lot. We have two binders, one for numbers and the second for letters. I love your daily set up and we use the drawer system too! Thank you so much for your post, it is encouraging! Hope my little discovery has helped! :)

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    3. That's an awesome idea, Sarah. I am making note to use in the future, thanks so much for sharing.

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  3. Do you use the DVD's or parent led? So happy I found your blog!

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    1. Hi Hailey and thank you! It was parent-led teaching using the manuals.

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