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I am testing out the CM Organizer and have entered our history/geography/bible guide we are doing, but I am curious if you schedule the Visits to resource too? Are there any benefits to entering this kind of resource separately? Also, do you schedule each book listed in the history guide across various lessons separately? If so, how is this done when you don’t know when in the week it will fall?SueParticipant
For Visits, I have always scheduled it separately since I only taught Geography once a week (typically Fridays for us), and I wanted it to to appear on those days. I also scheduled the books within the guide separately becuase I wanted to have a complete bibliography in my reports at the end of the year, but you could just look back at the guide to see what was covered.
If, for example, you were teaching the Middle Ages this year, you would be scheduling Famous Men of the Middle Ages, The Lantern Bearers, and Men of Iron. (This is just an example from term 1, grades 9-12) Famous Men is read throughout the entire term, while Lantern Bearers is read at the same time immediately followed by Men of Iron. To schedule these, you would first schedule Famous Men, selecting the day(s) of the week to read it. You would then schedule Lantern Bearers for the same day(s) of the week and choose “schedule with Famous Men.” Finally, you would schedule Men of Iron for the same day(s) of the week, but you would choose “schedule after Lantern Bearers.”
Famous Men will appear on your daily plan on the day(s) scheduled until you finish the resource. Lantern Bearers will appear along with Famous Men until you finish it, and then Men of Iron will appear along with Famous Men.
Thank you Sue, that makes sense! We have a newborn and while we will have some weeks we do school 5 days, we also plan to have some 4 day school weeks. How do I make it work on the weeks we do this?AmandaParticipant
What do you do about a resource that is scheduled for a few weeks at a time and then there’s a long break before you use the resource again?
For example – we are doing Early Modern this year and Stories of America is read during weeks 1-2, and then not again until week 6. If I schedule the resource on Mon and Tue starting with our first day of school, it will be listed on my daily plan every Mon and Tue during weeks 3-5 even though we should not be reading the next chapter until week 6.
I don’t think my brain would be happy having a resource that I do not need to use that day listed on my daily plan!Jordan SmithKeymaster
Amanda, you can schedule a resource more than once if needed. Use the division selector while you’re scheduling to choose just the divisions you need for this “chunk.”
For example, let’s say your plan is to read Stories of America, chapters 1 and 2. After that, you’re going to read another book, then go back to Stories of America when that book is finished.
To set that up, do this:
1. Schedule Stories of America, using the division selector to choose only the first two chapters.
2. Schedule the next book. For flexibility, you can choose to have it Start After you finish Stories of America. (That means it won’t be tied to a specific date; the book will simply show up on your Daily Plan when you finish the readings from Stories of America.)
3. Schedule Stories of America, again selecting the next chapters that will be read before your next break for another book. You can have it Start After the previous book if you want.
You can continue like that to schedule all the “chunks” from a longer spine book. When you create reports, the CM Organizer will know that all the readings from Stories of America are the same book and combine them into one record.AmandaParticipant
Thank you so much, Jordan – that was a huge help!
What is the benefit of scheduling the individual books in the CM Organizer that are included in the History/Geo/Bible guide, for example? I am new to this. Thanks 🙂
Regan, probably the main reason for scheduling all the individual books is so those get saved into your reports. Then you get detailed records of which books you used on Progress reports and a full book list on the Bibliography report.
Okay, got it. Thanks, Jordan!
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