My Brain (err, Bullet Journal)

This will be a picture heavy post of various pages of my bullet journal – I hope you enjoy it!

Six Week Overview

Six Week Overview

This is the 6-week overview page for David, my 11 year old, in year 5 of Ambleside Online. At the top are the books, in four groups. One is buddy read, two and four are groupings of “normal” books, and three is specifically books with shorter readings. (I highly recommend buddy reading, my 11yo is a good reader, but until this year his ‘reading aloud’ voice has been awful – by buddy reading his voice has improved tremendously. I chose a history book because I haven’t read it, and to help him to pronounce names properly.) Note that I’ve mostly ignored subject – it makes more sense to group books by difficulty, reading length, etc., than by subject.

The second section is skill work, this is the first time I’ve written down what lessons we should get done and it has really kept me on track. My 11yo’s goals are in pen, because his programs are fairly easy to predict. My 12yo’s page has a few written in pencil, so I can change goals as needed.

On the bottom, because I didn’t have the Physics Lab book at the start of the mini-term, I simply noted several of the assignments so we could track what got done. I’ve been scheduling the book on the days he reads from A Child’s Geography of the World, as that is a short reading. On the other side is free reading, I simply track what books he is reading, and note the finish date.

Daily Page

Daily Page

My kids are color-coded: 12yo is green, 11yo is red, 8yo is blue, and 5yo is pink (I don’t have a pink pen, so she is usually purple in my bullet journal). I’m currently doing three “blocks”: Latin and math first, when we are fresh; then a block of 20min subjects; last is science (so we don’t have to clock watch). You can also see that I wanted to do this post last Monday! And I still need to call my Grandma!

Loop refers to a bunch of short activities – copywork, drawing, maps, etc. I’m hoping to do a blog post on it later. It’s still not fully developed, but what I have is working, so I’m happy.

My written summaries on In Freedom's Cause

My written summaries on In Freedom’s Cause

I realize this isn’t readable, but I write short chapter summaries for two of my 12yo’s books. (Only two, if I try to commit to more, I fail.) You can see they are pretty short, I plan to scan them into Evernote, and use them when later children reach year 7. You can also see how bad my handwriting gets when I’m in a hurry.

Book Breakdowns

Book Breakdowns

One of the first pages I wrote in my current bullet journal. You can tell because it is organized and neat. We didn’t acquire Abraham Lincoln’s World until week 6 of term 1, so I had to re-schedule the book. Yes, we are behind. Oh well, that’s what break weeks are for! The schedule for The Talking Wire I copied from a post at the Ambleside Online forums. Joan of Arc is set up to take advantage of short chapters, so it can be scheduled twice a week instead of three times a week. (I’ve blogged on this before, and this schedule is working well.)

Latin Planning Page

Latin Planning Page

I indulged in some longer-range planning (I try not to do too much of this – it is a waste of time). The unreadable red section is Lingua Latina – how many sections and exercises per chapter. I have a few progression ideas for the next few years mapped out, some for my 8yo who will start Latin next year (okay, a tiny bit this year!). Other possible progressions for my older boys, who do Latin together. (ISL is I Speak Latin, VL is Visual Latin (which is currently on sale!), LL is Lingua Latina.)

Group Work Thinking Page

Group Work Thinking Page

I am still very bad and implementing family/together work. This is one of many messy pages. I used highlighters to group ideas, I find thinking on paper very helpful, and with the bullet journal I can go back and find my scribbled thoughts. You can see the water damage at the top of the page, that and the bleed-through are the reasons I’m considering upgrading to a more expensive book. Maybe. Otherwise the simple grid-style composition books have served me well.

Hopefully this is helpful!

5 Comments

  1. karen in ky

    I should be finishing my notes for Watership Down and instead I’m reading your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m thinking of switching to Visual Latin. We are using Prima Latina right now and it’s pulling teeth to get them to sit down for Latin. It’s a lot of money to switch – but since I have read somewhere that language is your thing (right?) I’d love your input.

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    1. Amy Hines (Post author)

      I’m rather a Latin nut. I think you can download the first several lessons of Visual Latin for free. I like that someone else “teaches” Latin to my boys, in addition to his enthusiasm I get some time to go over math with my 8yo. The goals of Visual Latin match my own (reading in Latin, and the book Lingua Latina as a bridge). You can also ask Duane questions – I asked one about the B worksheets on his Facebook page not long ago and he answered me. I recommend trying out the free lessons. I buy them 10 lessons at a time as a download, spreading out the cost.

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  2. Helena

    I love these pictures! you must be very organised. I have a teacher’s binder which I call my brain. It’s by far not as organised as your journal!

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  3. Cindy Belcher

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve gotten away from using my bullet journal, but things seemed to go so much smoother when I was using it. You have inspired me to locate it and start using it again!

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  4. Blossom (NorthLaurel)

    You are so organized! I started to neglect my bujo and things sort of fall by the wayside. I don’t generally put school related tasks in it.
    You make me to want to get more organized!

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