I have been a Cindy Rushton Fan and an affiliate for a number of years now.
As I am busily preparing for a new school year, I dutifully pulled off my copy of Brains in a binder to help me prepare and every year I am struck by the way the forms in the binder help me to think and plan. As in most binders of this type, there is a place to write down academic, financial and even fitness goals! Maybe it's my time of life, but this year I was also struck by the place to write down things like, "Ways to make a memory this month" and "Plans to bring this child closer this month." These are things I often think about, but like more of a committment to actually write it all down.
The homeschool planning pages cover the usual lists and planning pages, but also ask questions to help mom and student determine where they are going and what they want to accomplish out of the school year. Again, I'm sure these are things that every homeschool mom considers, but having a place to actually write it down and keep track of it is extremely helpful.
The Brains in a Binder worksheet also encourage me to
- Document daily and not let all the paperwork pile up somewhere else. It helps me to jot down a little bit every day (sometimes a couple of times a day!)
- Helps me to train them to start journaling their own work and reading lists.
- Keep all of their work in their notebooks - a big plus for portfolio reviews at the end of the year.
Since Rosie, my 6 year old, wants to run when the cross country kids run, I've also been plugging into the talks I put on my MP3 player from last year's Ultimate Homeschool Expo and the over 100 Audios from UHSE 2011!
Just listening to seasoned homeschooled moms who have kids successfully living their lives has been such a boost to me this year! Being able to listen and walk at the same time while the kids have been running has been a really great use of my time! And best of all, I can listen to the ones that really inspire and help me over and over again!
Works for Me!