COLOR-CODING AND PRINTING EXPLAINED

HOW ALL OF OUR GUIDEBOOKS CAN BE PRINTED

Regular guidebooks do not need to be printed, unless desired.  You can use this completely digitally with a blank notebook and paper.  We set it up this way intentionally, to help save money and make more convenient for homeschooling families.  Exception: pre-reader/early learner may have pages that need to be printed, as it has some coloring, tracing, and cutting activities.

HOW ALL OF OUR GUIDEBOOKS ARE COLOR-CODED

  • All black font, main lesson portions, and activities match in the elementary – adult guidebooks (aka “GROWING & ADVANCED” GUIDEBOOKS).  This allows for a seamless flow and out-loud reading between the whole family.   There is no teacher’s guide. 
  • Every person gets their “nuggets” of extra learning thanks to our color-coding system where there are different-colored font boxes sprinkled throughout each guidebook. Think of it like this:

    • Imagine reading the Bible out loud together as a family, each person with his/her own Bible

      • An “adult Bible” commentary box would include and expand on advanced concepts
      • A “children’s Bible” commentary box would instead have cute and child-like commentary boxes
      • While the commentary is different in each Bible, all of the Bible verses would be the same.  That’s the same concept in our color-coded guidebooks.
      • ADVANCED (high school/adult) will include color-coded advanced terminology and concepts such as, “The physiologically active constituents of a plant are separated and classified by their chemical structure…” You know, the things that are way over an elementary/middle school child’s head and would make them scream, “WHAT?!”  It will also include more sensitive information when it comes to history, death, more mature content, etc. 
      • GROWING (elementary/middle) will have color-coded terminology that includes more hand-holding.  It may pause to explain a concept in a watered down way (helping older students or parents be able to explain to younger children without having to think of examples on their own)
  • Each person can choose to read his/her different-colored font/boxes as the lesson moves along, or he/she can wait until a later time and read independently.  It’s adjustable, just like in our Bible commentary example above! [Examples below]. 
  • If everyone wants to share the Advanced guidebook, go for it!  If everyone wants to share the Growing guidebook, go for it!  If you want to print off two (one for older/one for younger), go for it!  All of the black font will still match, for seamless out loud reading and learning.

 

Below is an example of color coding in the regular guidebooks (if you want to download a free sample of two units after viewing the images below, click HERE): 

Swipe sideways to see comparisons of green-colored font (one in “adult” and one in “elementary”)

 

ADULT JOURNAL : GARDENING

 

ELEMENTARY JOURNAL GARDENING

 

How did we bridge the gap, teaching all different age groups at their own level while still also allowing the family to come together to complete the unit as one?  By color-coding and only reading the black font out loud. 

Below is an example of different SYW pages. 

SYW pages are “Skip if You Want” pages, which are different in each guidebook.  Imagine them as page-long “commentaries” so to speak

Swipe sideways to see three pages (two “adult” and one “elementary” sample):

 

ADULT JOURNAL SYW: GARDENING

 

ADULT JOURNAL SYW PG2: GARDENING

 

ELEMENTARY JOURNAL SYW: GARDENING

Extra Information

  • The pre-reader guidebook is the only regular guidebook that is very different than all the others because its purpose is to contain activities that can focus a little one’s mind to keep them busy and reinforce learning during the lesson—unique to their age group.   **OF NOTE: some customers actually enjoy doing the pre-reader activities with their older children just because some of them are pretty fun, and if that’s you, enjoy! 
  • Core Connections Companion used to be incorporated within the main guidebooks but is now is a separate file.  Core Connections are included free of charge, as a courtesy. They are completely optional and allow for further expansion into different core school subjects, if desired.  All ages are covered in the single download titled “Core Connections,” so printing is very self-explanatory.  Print a single copy if you want to use it, and it covers all ages.  DONE. 🙂

 

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