Ok, I have to admit it as bulky as they can be~ I have to acknowledge that I am a self described Binder Queen.
After using these for several weeks I became really frustrated. I needed to add some pages that were necessary, I changed the format of their lesson outlines so all the pages I created were no longer as useful.
I found that when I bound these in this fashion it became too rigid for me. If I sound like "you" then read on~
If you have been following my blog for any length of time now, you know very well I can be very bold and will change something that I find isn't working in a minute~ my planners are no exception.
After adding them to the binder I now can do the following:
*add pages more freely (ie., notebooking pages that are assigned with the units, change/delete things I do not need any longer,
*pages stay in better shape the bound books were taking a beating with me flipping through and referring to my journal pages in writing down what we did. It just wasn't very durable for me. I suppose I am tough on things.
* remove a particular page I am working on and take it with me instead of bring the "whole book". - that got very tiring having everything so connected. This way, I can just pop out a page and it goes with me instead of all the other things I don't need at the moment.
Now, when I do lesson outlines IF life happens ( dr. appointments, field trips, sickness - we all know that is coming) I have my schedule still in tact and just back up to the day before or the next day block.
Talk about relieving stress! It just so happened these next two weeks will be crazy busy with Corn Mazes, tests at the hospital, etc.. I don't have to worry about changing things and keeping up because we are following this day schedule.
I also tweaked their outlines for better subject integration. This also makes for much deeper and more comprehensive learning~ I am getting rid of the fluff ( will be writing more about that later on in another post)
I realized just how many program re-teach the same concepts year after year! I sat back and heard my son say "mom I already know about NOUNS!". Something to be said for this ~ so stay tuned and I will share more later on.
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