Apr 12, 2013

Wrapping Up Cycle 1

You spend all this time finding great ideas, printing and laminating, and now it's all over! Sheesh! I know one thing, I do not want to go digging for all of these wonderful resources again in three years. No, siree! So, I've been very intentional about storing my stuff for each week, and I thought I'd give y'all a little peek at what I'm doing:


First, I have my big ol' blue Cycle 1 binder. I have a divider for each week, of course. And in each week, I have Crecia's awesome lesson plans (weeks 13 and up), handwritten notes for that week, and my Pinterest pins. I also have general Cycle 1 resources, like the Story of the World and history sentence match-up (found on C3, but it's not there anymore). I considered printing out my weekly plans from the blog, but that would've taken some serious ink, so I restrained myself. ;)


Sorry for the sideways picture. Yes, you can print your Pinterest pins! Click here to learn how. 


Most everything else is kept in my big file box.

I love this box.


In the box, I have my tri-fold memory board papers for each week, the History Highlight and Science Snippet (found on C3), and then the extra resources from other bloggers and Pinterest (projects, printables, etc.). A while back, I started printing out two of everything. Mary did the first set, and the extra set I stuck in the box for next time. Just about everything Grismar has wonderfully put together at The Wise Nest is already in my box ready to pull out when Cycle 1 comes around again.

 I want to put together two separate (and smaller) file boxes - one for Math (since that's the same every cycle) and one for Fine Arts. Over the summer I'll work on that, because if I don't, I'll have to go through my Cycle 1 box each week and fish out any Math resources that I already have stuck in there. I'd like it all in one box, nice and tidy. ;)


And then the stuff that gets used year after year goes into these smaller bins. A lot of this is other curriculum stuff. And you can see my timeline card folders there on the right, too.

Well, that's how I've been trying to make Cycle 1 easier in the coming years. Let's hope it works!

How do you store your material from previous cycles? Please share any tips and tricks; I love to hear what other mamas are doing!


8 comments:

  1. Thanks for referencing my blog! Love all the organization here. LOVE.

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    1. Hi, Jen! Thanks for the great tutorial on Pinterest printing! :)

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  2. LOVE your organization! I am getting ready to sort through all my stuff and organize it. You gave me inspiration! Thank you girl! Thank you for mentioning my blog :)

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    1. Oh, Grismar, I feel like I mention your blog all the time! I really appreciate your sharing all of your wonderful resources. Thank you for the time you spend creating these CC goodies! Have fun organizing, friend!

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  3. Wow...ok, I'm a bum. :D I thought I'd buy a file box and try to put cycle 1 stuff in there. That's about as organized as I've even thought. But you're really going to love that you have all of that at the tip of your fingers for next time around....and I'm going to love that all of you wonderful blogger moms can help me get it together! : ) You're doing a great job, Melody! ~Stacey

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    1. Ha! Thanks, Stacey! I love that we can encourage each other in our CC and homeschooling journey. Thanks for the sweet comment, friend! :)

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  4. I can print my pinterest ideas????? Oh wow, how exciting!! ;) Thank you for sharing your ideas!!

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    1. Oh, Tammi, I've been printing my little heart out since I found that great tutorial from Jen! Have fun, girl! ;)

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