Initially when I made the decision to go with Memoria Press core curriculum packages for each of my children, I planned on following the curriculum guides. I figured why reinvent the wheel, or make more work for myself? Once all our resources arrived on my doorstep however, I started to consider whether there might be other options for scheduling your Memoria Press curriculum.
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Think Outside The Box
The first thing I did when my (three, huge) boxes of curriculum showed up from Memoria Press was sort it, make sure it’s all there as requested, and then I put it all back into the boxes. I was completely overwhelmed trying to think through how in the world I was going to plan, prep, and schedule our Memoria Press resources.
I knew it came with a curriculum manual, but I wasn’t sure if that’s how I wanted our year to flow. I remember thinking, ‘well if this is how they’ve got it laid out, this must be the ideal way to do it’. I felt like if I did it any other way I wouldn’t be giving my kids the best education.
I know myself, and I know that rarely do I ever stick to a pre-made curriculum lesson plan for very long. So I started to explore some other options and came up with a few ways that you can go about scheduling your Memoria Press curriculum.
Follow The Curriculum Manual
Part of the appeal at the time I ordered my curriculum, was the syllabus. The 36 week curriculum manual, carefully crafted, lays out the whole year’s curriculum with clear instructions on when to do what.
Why reinvent the wheel? Following the curriculum manual frees you up from the planning stress. Packed full of information about how each piece fits the whole, you can truly just open and go.
If you ordered the core curriculum package and needed to substitute in a different level or resource, Memoria Press will give you digital downloads of the individual lesson plan for that subject. So, even if you aren’t using ALL of the same books in the curriculum manual, you can still stay easily organized.
If planning stresses you out, or you get overwhelmed trying to put together a lesson plan – this is the option for you. Scheduling your Memoria Press curriculum is a breeze when you just open the curriculum manual, and go. If you aren’t sure how to maximize your curriculum and get the most out of it, following the curriculum manual might be the way to go. Their plans have been well crafted, they’re cohesively designed, and all the pieces fit perfectly. They’re a trusted publisher in the classical education realm, and you can’t go wrong by using any of their pre-made lesson plans.
Scheduling Your Memoria Press Curriculum DIY Style
Let’s say you’re not feeling the curriculum manual vibe, and you want to DIY your schedule? Easy peasy.
Each subject that Memoria Press offers has an individual lesson plan that you can purchase and download (some my have come with your core curriculum package if you’re using that). Even if you’re using just a handful of Memoria Press resources, these downloadable, printable lesson plans mean you don’t have to create your own lessons. Just print it, put it in a binder or planner, and follow the list.
This is a great option for anyone who wants to school on a different schedule. Memoria Press’ curriculum manuals assume a 5 day school week, and while you can definitely adjust the Curriculum Manual to fit your schedule it can become tedious. So, take the lesson plans, shuffle around however fits your family, and find your own unique way to schedule your Memoria Press curriculum.
Memoria Press even offers an editable, downloadable blank lesson planner. It’s essentially the curriculum manual without anything filled in! You can type in your own plans, copy and paste from the individual lesson plans from Memoria Press, or any way you see fit.
This year, I have really loved the Plan Your Year pages from Pam Barnhill. You can purchase her Plan Your Year bundle, or you may choose to purchase access to her library of planning sheets. I did both! For anyone who is planning to DIY their schedule this year – Pam’s printable planning sheets makes it a breeze.
Block Scheduling Your Memoria Press Curriculum
If you received your boxes of resources and freaked out thinking ‘this is TOO MANY THINGS’, you’re not alone. I’m right there with you. I opened my boxes, sorted, and put them away in a panic.
Another way to schedule your Memoria Press curriculum is to use a block schedule system. This means that you break your school year down into blocks of time. This could be done by calendar month, by x amount of weeks, or seasons even.
Once you’ve decided how you want to section off your year, you then decide which subjects you’d like to cover in each block. You may decide to do fewer subjects, but have longer lessons. For instance instead of studying Geography once or twice a week, you’ll do it every day for a set amount of time. Doing this will mean you can work through an entire resource in fewer weeks. This allows you to still complete the whole curriculum package in one school year, without having to do all the subjects, all year.
There are a few benefits to doing it this way. First, it keeps your school year fresh. You will schedule your Memoria Press curriculum in such a way that each block – month, season, six weeks, etc – will contain some new material. Your children won’t tire of doing the same subjects for 36 weeks, and it will keep things fresh for you as well.
Another benefit to block scheduling is it gives you more time in each lesson to dig deep. As my kids are getting older, the shorter lessons we used in the past just aren’t working for them anymore. We want time, a lot of time, to dig in and really sink our teeth into our lessons. When you block schedule your Memoria Press curriculum, you can do those deep dives and still have a reasonably short school day.
Scheduling Your Memoria Press Curriculum – You’re In The Driver’s Seat
I’ve looked very closely at all these options. I know there are more ways even than the few I’ve written about here.
I am, at the time of the writing of this post, a week or so away from the start of our new school year. I still have not decided which method I’ll use.
I may opt to use the Memoria Press curriculum manual for my oldest child who likes a checklist that’s already made. Then for my younger who loves those deep dives and a lot of free time to do her own writing and reading, we may follow a block schedule system.
One thing I think everyone should remember is that you are in control of how you schedule your curriculum. The resources we choose, the curriculum we use, are tools to help us educate our families. They are not our master, we do not have to follow them if we don’t think it’s right for our children.
There are benefits to any method of scheduling your Memoria Press curriculum – and depending on the season of life your family is in, one may speak more to you than the other.
You’re in the driver’s seat. You make the choices, and you can use any resource any way you see fit.
I’d love to hear how you have decided to schedule your Memoria Press year! Share in the comments below – or reach out on social media!