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Are you planning to add a week at a glance to this wonderful program…it’s the only thing that is holding me back from purchasing it!
Hi, Karla –
We are hoping to add that feature but haven’t yet come up with a plan that is simple enough to satisfy us. So I’m not sure how soon it will be available. We will certainly post a note whenever new features are added, so stay tuned! 🙂
I was thinking about the week plan aswell. I reckon you could create a week schedule/framework based on the resources that are scheduled. The disclaimer would be that this generated week schedule would be a “tentative guide” and is subject to change due to the things that just happen in life.
What I’m looking at and probably most others is just a simple schedule breaking it down by children/family etc. and seeing what is scheduled for Mon, Tues … etc. Similar to the schedule examples you can download. For now … I’m just using excel to basically replicate the scheduling timings we have already created in CM Organisor.
So the result is not so much a calendar schedule but a simple overview week calendar highlighting the current schedule. I think as changes occur … most users would be happy to print out a fresh one.
Thanks, Marcel. I like the idea of a simple tentative overview like you described.
The one obstacle that we keep coming up against mentally is that we would need to either assume that the user wanted to complete one lesson per scheduled day, or make the user select a pace for each resource (which would add complications).
For example, some of the science books and math books are designed to complete one lesson per week or per two weeks, but the child is supposed to work on them every day. If we tell the Organizer to assume one lesson per scheduled day is the default for every resource, it would be way off on the week overview display. Somehow it would need to know the desired pace for each resource, but we haven’t figured out a simple way to include that information when the user is scheduling a resource.
Does that make sense? Got any ideas?
I don’t think the scheduler needs to be that complicated … keeping it simple is better. With the example you provided I reckon most parents and students have an idea what the program sequence/pace for that material is because initially … when you move to the next resource you would’ve discussed how the material should be completed.
What I am looking for is like a quick mental jogger of ‘Whats On’ for the day/week as an overview. The details required have already been keyed in when you initially scheduled your resources. The breakdown would be based on Family/Student, Day, Subject, Resource
An example may help with the wordage above 🙂
Assigned Sun Mon Tue ….
Adventures in the Bible(3)
Michael Math(2) Beginner Reading(2)
Saxons Math(3) Phonics Pathway(3)
Impacted by War(3)
1=Assigned to, 2=Subject, 3=Resource assigned for that subj.
So if today was say Tuesday, Michael knows he will be doing “Beginning Reading” and using Phonics Pathways. Samantha knows its History day. Michael knows what he is up to and so does Samantha.
The overview is set; its completely flexible and not related to what has/has not been completed. The information is simple and relevant and not cluttered with even more detail that can on days look so overwhelming (You know those days, the odd bad days we all have :-))
If confirmation of what sequence or part the student is up to; then parents can quickly go to the daily planner to see the greater detail.
I know its long. I guess the weekly overview at the end of the day is just tentative and a quick reference as to whats on today. If it hasn’t been mentioned yet … this is only going to be super useful if the parent can print it out. Having the filter option on “Assigned To” would allow us to then print a specific one for the student. We do that when creating a list of chores/routines specific for each of our children. They take away and store it somewhere for them to check 🙂
Anyway … hope that gives you some further food for thought.
The example layout didn’t quite come out as typed in. Basically layout is similar to the example weekly schedule on site at: http://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/weekly/typicalweek/
Except instead of day 1, 2 etc … have Sun, Mon … And the subject is expanded to include the associated resource ie. name of resource.
Listing only the resource titles and not the individual assignments for each day would eliminate that pacing problem, that’s for sure. Thanks, Marcel. That just might be the answer!BookwormParticipant
I must not be following this conversation well, but I’m not sure how this idea is different from the simple weekly page I just wrote out and put on the wall for everyone to see. It took me just a few minutes. I just wrote out the subjects in the order, and underneath each I wrote out the resources in order. We cross out a book when it is done and the child knows then that it’s the next book. Am I missing something?
G’day Bookworm 🙂
Not claiming any new idea’s here. Basically what you do is what I was thinking; an easy thing to check. As the feature is not in CMO yet 🙂 I was going manually key in the ‘birds eye’ info into Excel. It’d be just nice to be able to generate this overview based on the info. that has already been setup in the CMO.
Appreciate your helpfulness with the questions submitted to the forum.
Yep, I think your chart is very similar to Marcel’s idea, Bookworm. We’re just dreaming about have the Organizer create one automatically instead of your having to do it on the side from scratch. I know it doesn’t take that long to throw one together and post it (mine is on my office door 😉 ), but the more things we can make the Organizer do for us the more time we will save.
So anybody reading this thread, go ahead and drool over the idea of the Organizer creating an automatic Week at a Glance chart for you, but in the meantime follow Bookworm’s simple description and you’ll be all set. 🙂Amy LuMember
I like Marcel’s idea!Amy LuMember
I am currently using Bookworm’s method. Which is great! I’m just one of the ones drooling over the thought of an automated version….
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