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Our signature teacher's plan book, or Corebook as we call it, helps you to organize your daily schedules and record what you have done to ensure that you meet the objectives for the year. The Corebook also provides guidelines for narrations and copy-work, timetable lists, and outlines for teaching geography, and health.
The Corebook is not a day-by-day sort of teacher's guide containing pre-written plans for each subject for each day. Rather, it is a plan book or a recording book, with special helps along the way to keep schooling on track. This helps you to create and record a totally individualized educational program for your child! *Below the pictures, you will find more information on why we think this is more useful to you than pre-written plans.
Below are pictures of a sample 1-week layout.
note that both the content and the
Tanglewood suggest using
the corebook rather than offering pre-written plans? The main reason
is that as a teacher in traditional schools and then as a homeschooler, this
method is what works best for me.
Within the first week, I knew I had problems. We missed our second history class due to a school-wide assembly (not scheduled on the school's calendar). This put the quiz scheduled for Friday into the next week. It quickly became apparent to me that the math lessons, which I had scheduled according to the math book's teacher guide, were way too easy. I could have skipped every other lesson for awhile. Already my pre-planned plan book was becoming a confusing burden. I was ahead in this subject, but behind in another one.
I soon chucked my beautiful embossed plan book in my bottom drawer (in case I needed it) and purchased a cheap run-of-the-mill plan book from the local teacher supply store. Since our school year was divided into six six-week segments, I figured out how far in each book and workbook needed to be done by the end of each segment and from that, how many pages per week and day. I only wrote complete schedules with actual page numbers and activities week-by-week.
This method worked extremely well for me. I was usually one of the few teachers who managed to have their class complete every book every year.
I think this method works even better for homeschoolers. We all have unique patterns to our homeschool weeks that often make pre-made plans difficult to follow. In addition, Charlotte Mason"ites" (like me) often like to fiddle with and amend whatever it is we've been given to work with. We may want to add in that really great book we found at the swap meet. We may want to take a break from our regular math book and instead do the fun one we found at the Dollar Tree for a few days. We need a plan book with flexibility. Tanglewood's Corebook can be used with any curriculum and any homeschooling pattern.
However, we also need structure and accountability. We need to have objectives for the year so that we know what we're aiming at (remember the old saying, "If you're aiming at nothing, you'll hit it). We need to have a plan in order to arrive at our objectives. The Corebook shows how to set your goals for each subject (whether you're using our curriculum or not). It then shows you the simple method for figuring out how much needs to be accomplished each week and then for each day in that week. In order to help you assess how you're doing, there is a report page after every six-week segment.
The corebook is more than a simple plan book, however. In fact, we bet you've never seen anything like it. At a glance, you can tell if you're on track with your art, music, and poetry. Have you been taking enough nature walks? Easy to tell. Is your child getting enough free time just to play? Look at the Corebook. There are places to record the habit being worked on this week, the theology being covered, the foreign language words you want to cover, the poem your child is learning, the copywork you've assigned, and the extra-curriculum activities your child is involved in. Each week also provides brief outlines for health and safety topics you may want to cover and geography concepts you may want to teach using the guidelines found in Charlotte Mason's Home Education.
Answers to some frequently asked questions about the Corebook:
Q. What is
different between the original printed corebook and the new pdf file corebook?
Q. Does the
corebook contain lesson plans?
Q. Does the
corebook have to be used with the Tanglewood curriculum?
Q. How many
weeks does the corebook contain?
Can I start using the corebook at any time, or do I have to start at the
pdf file- $5.25
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:: Tanglewood Corebook $5.25