Category Archives: Prepared Environmnt

Choosing Your Path


Families and schools vary in their preferences for sequencing work in science and history. This article outlines several possibilities for planning the sequence of your studies using Task Card Sets from Creek Edge Press.

If you scroll down this
page you will see a link to our catalog where you will find detailed
descriptions of each Task Card Set. These will help you understand how the cards may be used at various stages. Over time, the standard required in your student’s response is increased and students use more detailed materials to complete the tasks as they mature. During the grammar stage, students naturally focus on major figures, events, and basic vocabulary. Dialectic students use in-depth materials that encourage understanding of broad themes and patterns.

Most families prefer to study one era of history each year (or term). This focus provides a shared experience among the students and eases the burden of preparation. It isn’t always practical to plan a prepared environment for more than one subject in science, but some families prefer to have several sets going at once for various levels. The following lists details possible plans for one student.



K – Geography and Culture and simple nature study for science

1 – Ancient World and Life Science

2 – Medieval World and Earth and Space

3 – Early Modern World and Physics and Digital Science

4 – Modern World and Chemistry and Great Scientists

5 – Geography and Culture and Ancient World (one semester each) and Life Science

6 – Medieval World and Earth and Space

7 – Early Modern World and Physics and Digital Science

8 – Modern World and Chemistry and Great Scientists



If you want to include a year for American History study, your schedule might look like this.



K – Geography and Culture and nature study

1 – American History and Life Science

2 – Ancient World and Earth and Space

3 – Medieval World and Physics and Digital Science

4 – Early Modern World and Chemistry and Great Scientists

5 – Modern World and Life Science

6 – Geography and Culture and Ancient World (one semester each) and Earth and Space

7 – Medieval World progressing into Early Modern and Physics and Digital Science

8 – Early Modern through Modern World and Chemistry and Great Scientists

Consider mapping out a plan for your oldest student and having the younger students fold in as able. There are many good options. Whatever your preference, you will find that your plan provides focus and eases your preparation. 


                                                    



 

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Spin on the Prepared Environment



Perhaps your Children’s Library could serve as a ready made Prepared Environment for your students.  Our children’s department boasts several long, low shelves stocked with a vast array of reference materials.  These are ideally placed between work tables and the children’s non-fiction section.  Comfortable chairs surround the area and are ideal for independent reading.  Natural light, pleasing colors, and a sense of order contribute to a fabulous environment for research and investigation.  One Mom mentioned the possibility of classes to occupy younger children while the older ones work trough the Task Cards.  Perhaps you’re in a season of life where spending a bit of time away from home will provide a bit of structure, variety, and social opportunities.  If your local library has managed to keep its focus on great books for children, this might be a fabulous option for your family.