How I do it…

I am a chart/list obsessed momma. I have charts for everything. No, my life is not in super control, I do that because it feels so crazy and out of control. I am always making new lists or new charts, for me, for my kids, for the family…for everything and everyone! One chart that works for me is my lapbook planning chart. We have as many as 4 lapbooks going at one time, but I categorize them in my mind so it feels pretty “sane.”

We have these categories I focus on for lapbooks:
Holiday/Seasonal
Science
Bible
Word Family/Phonic/Sight Words

I am always planning for lapbooks, both current and upcoming and with that doubling it to up to 8 categories, I have to be on top of things to not just “forget” about one! So, I have this little chart, to aid in my web-surfing, my brainstorming, and my sanity.

In case you can’t read it:
Holiday: CURRENT, Holiday: UPCOMING
Science: CURRENT, Science: UPCOMING
Bible, Word Family…I always ask P for his ideas about the upcomings, and usually we go with his lead for the science and sometimes even the Bible category. Currently we are doing volcanoes, next on the list is giant pandas…all his requests so he is VERY excited to learn about them.

I pull materials all the way up until the lapbook is finalized, I search on the computer every day and this chart helps me stay focused on what I am searching for. I just use it to take notes on, and it really helps!