~Organizing A Classical Homeschool~
What do you do with all those
Classical Conversations Timeline Cards?
Homeschooling is already challenging at times. Why should we make it harder than it has to be? One of my goals here at A Nurse’s Wildflowers is to assist those who are just starting out with homeschool. I’ve
made a lot of mistakes learned some things and I want to ease your way if I can 🙂 Here are some preparation tips if you are just starting out.
Last year I tried a few different things to organize our Classical Conversations (CC) Timeline card madness. There are so many cards – 172 cards including the presidents! That does not include the science.
These cards are an awesome resource. They have excellent images and facts, and are laminated for long-lasting durability. But, I don’t think a lot of people are getting all they can out of these cards.
During my stent of homeschooling last year, I had a whole room…not something I would suggest unless you like being tied down to a certain location in your house. In this room I had taped page protectors to the closet door and inserted the week’s memory content into them.
I also taped the old timeline cards to the wall and worked around the room as the weeks went by as suggested by many CC mom’s. Eventually, there were tons of 5×7 cards taped to the walls (even in my 5 week experience). I’ve seen a lot of families do this.
I have issues with this though. It didn’t really work for us. It wasn’t very easy to see the pictures and writing when taped up high on the wall. We couldn’t study in a different room if we wanted to work on memory work. It was also a huge waste of time to get up on a chair and tape each of these up.
This year I will be doing homeschool in the dining room. I definitely do not want timeline cards plastered all over my wall. I don’t want my living areas looking like eyesores.
Another reason taping cards to the wall didn’t work for us is because you can’t see the other side. The back side has a ton of information about the specific topic. Tee, my oldest, loves to read the cards. She can’t very well do that if they’re taped out of her reach.
So I began brain storming. Initially I was going to put the cards into a big binder with two 5×7 sleeves for each page – like a big photo album. But then I saw what my CC director had done. She found some small 5.5×8.5 binders and stuck the timeline cards in them. It was ingenious! Other mom’s have followed suit, including me. I can’t take credit for this idea but I wish I would have been suggested this last year…would have made life so much easier!
You can find these small binders on Amazon or walmart.
I also found 5.5×8.5 sheet protectors right next to the little binders with 15 sheets per pack. I needed 14.5 packs for all 172 timeline cards and all the cycle 2 science cards including the scientists (purchased separate from the cycle 2 science pack).
And look what came with all the sheet protector packs! Extra card stock for flash cards and other projects. Can we say, “repurposing?”
My fellow CC peeps used the white title pages that came with each Timeline pack to label their binders. I’m a color person though. So I made my own labels for the binders. You can click here for a free PDF of the labels pictured below.
At this point, our binders are hiding in the hall closet but they are VERY portable. This would be great to take a long in the car or where ever else you want.
Each binder is split into 6 week sections. You can also use dividers or use sticky dividers like my director did to separate into weeks.
I think this is going to work great for our family especially since we will be doing homeschool in the dining room. This is a great alternative to plastering cards all over your wall. Your children will actually benefit from all the CC timeline cards have to offer…including the backside.
If you don’t feel like venturing to the place of Walmart you can find all this stuff on Amazon and you can get free shipping if you have a prime account.
Do you have another way of using Classical Conversations Timeline Cards? Please share! What more info on the Classical Conversations cards? Go here. And as reminder, even though my science labels are labeled with the foundations cycles, these cards are also used in challenge.
Here is the pdf, CC Timeline Binder Labels Sheet1.
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