"Grab your folders and let me look through everything," I asked my son.
He was back in a few minutes with six folders, each one belonging to one of his high school courses.
The EZ Folder Method has been a life saver for me in planning, managing, and grading courses.
I purchase an inexpensive 3-prong, 2-pocket folder in a different color for each course.
If you want to be more organized, you use a different color for each subject year after year. For example: blue for history, white for Bible, yellow for science, purple for electives, orange for math, and green for English.
Each folder contains all the information my teen needs to complete assignments in a given course, a check-off list to stay on track, an hours check-off table if we are counting hours, and the requirements to get an A or B or C. The completed work is inserted in the pockets.
I can pick up a folder, glance at the check list, and check the work. Now, I am ready to sit down and talk to my teen about the course. When they start school, they grab their folders and any books and textbooks needed for the course.
Would you like to make an EZ folder?
Page one is a summary of the course assignments. The title of the course is at the top in the middle. There is a list of any textbooks or living books that must be read, followed by a list of assignments to be completed. The final section gives the requirements for each grade: A, B, or C.
The next section is a combination syllabus and check-off sheet. Starting with the first week of schoolwork, everything needed to be completed is laid out. The next section is our meeting time together or co-op class. Anything we do together is listed there. The next section is the second week's schoolwork.
If the course is really simple, we might just have one check-off section for the whole month like my example. They were going through Writing the Novel Way and just completing a certain amount of pages each week. This was a simple course, but I still made a folder because I could tell at a glance if we were on track and what pages I needed to check over.
The third section is the hours table full of little boxes. They check off one box for every hour of schoolwork. We only use these charts if we need to figure out if it is a one credit or half a credit course.
These folders make life easier for both Mom and student. Everything is easy-to-understand and simple to maintain. Try it out and see if you like it.
High school can be a blast for Moms and their teens.
Many times, we get so nervous about high school, we forget to relax and enjoy the journey. Don't let that happen to you. You'll do great!
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Enjoy the homeschooling high school adventure! It will go quickly.