With the first tabs, I lay out the main lesson blocks for each child in the month slot. In this space I have a basic outline of what the month of that main lesson will entail. I have a block for every month of the next school year. So starting in August, Quayde will be working with Human physiology. His first lessons will be with the digestive system etc... There is also sheets with more details on resources like books, field trip ideas, videos, mentors and etc....behind these.
Then in the pockets at the back, I have resources for myself to be able to teach well. I copied off a picture of the digestive system so I can just pull it out for quick reference. The children's lesson pockets are the same color as their main outline pages.
The Seasonal and Gathering time ones have copies of poems, music, activities etc... that I would like to use during the year. I have a master list with all the songs that I have chosen for each month for the children to learn and sing. There are other master lists that have food ideas and activities that we will do for festivals.
This binder helps me to be organized in a way that I can pull from ideas and go with it. If I find a magazine article with a fun activity or interesting idea, I tear it out and put it in the binder. The children can come and open it up to see what is on the calendar for the next week or next month. Lydia does it OFTEN! She is a calendar and weather freak. She has to know what is happening every moment. It also lets the older kids know what is going on so they can plan their activities with friends accordingly. It lets my husband know where we might be on any given day.
The only thing I really can't figure out is how to be more organized with the whole, "what's for dinner?" thing. We tried to do meal planning and then it all gets crazy. Someday I will have that all down too!