BiblioPlan also works great for home school cooperatives and Christian schools! Our schedule is designed for a 34-week school year; however, teachers can easily stretch our program to fit a longer school year, or compress it to fit a shorter one.
Teachers who wish to make the fullest use of BP will need all of the following materials:
- One Teacher’s Bundle, which includes two products available only to teachers: (a) one Teacher’s Guide, and (b) one Answer Key that covers every BP supplement.
- One Companion and/or Remember the Days textbook.
- One Discussion Guide to suggest thought-provoking questions that teachers can use to get the most out of their class time.
- One Family Guide for its annotated lists of outside resources.
- One Craft Book to suggest fun crafts and activities to accompany each lesson.
Getting Started with the BP Teacher’s Guide
The BP Teacher’s Guide serves two purposes:
- To help teachers prepare for each lesson as quickly as possible. For teacher convenience, the Teacher’s Guide gathers as many of BiblioPlan’s resources as possible in one place, including required readings, optional spine readings, writing options, hands-on activities and more.
- To guide teachers through an important part of each lesson, the geography part.
Please note that not all of BiblioPlan’s resources are gathered in the Teacher’s Guide. The Family Guide still contains our most complete lists of resources for each unit and lesson. The Companion and Discussion Guide are still our best resources for history lessons. The Craft Book is still our best resource for hands-on activities. The purpose of the Teacher’s Guide is not to re-create all those resources, but rather to help busy teachers decide which resources to use for each lesson without hunting through four different books.
At the beginning of each unit of study, teachers will find:
- Unit Memory Work Options: These are the same memorization options that are found in the Family Guide, repeated here for teacher convenience. Some selections come from the Bible, and some from classic prose or poetry. Others are lists based on the history or geography in the Companion, such as kings of Judah, seas of the Mediterranean or English monarchs of the House of Tudor. BiblioPlan does not recommend memorizing everything on these lists! Instead, we recommend choosing one or more memory topics based on your students’ ages and interests.
- Unit Resource Lists: These are the same concise lists that are found in the Family Guide, repeated here for teacher convenience. These lists are here to remind you which outside books are available for each unit. Note that our Annotated Book Lists, which contain brief descriptions of each book, are not repeated here; they appear only in the Family Guide.
Next come the collected resources for each individual lesson. These include:
- Required Readings: Lists the required Companion or Remember the Days and Bible readings for the week. These are the same weekly lists that appear in the Family Guide, repeated here for teacher convenience.
- Optional Spine Readings: The same weekly lists of optional spine readings that appear in the Family Guide, repeated here for teacher convenience.
- Scripture Spotlight/Giants of the Faith/Heroes and Villains of History/World Geography: This chart provides a quick reminder of the stories and characters under study for each week.
- Timeline Figures: Lists the appropriate BiblioPlan Timeline figures for the week.
- Coloring Book Page: Lists the appropriate BiblioPlan Coloring Book page(s) for the week.
- Reading Suggestions for Littles from the Companion: Lists readings from the Companion that are appropriate for the Littles age group. These are the same lists that appear in Cool History for Littles, repeated here for teacher convenience.
- Family/Classroom Read-Aloud: Outlines how many pages of the Family/Classroom read-aloud selection to read each week.
- Hands-On Notebooking: Lists the BiblioPlan Hands-On Notebooking assignment for the week.
- Veritas Cards/Classical Conversation Cards: Lists the Veritas and Classical Conversations cards that are appropriate for each week’s lesson.
- Writing Options: The same Young Writer, Grammar Stage and Logic Stage writing options that appear in the Family Guide, plus the Rhetoric Stage options that appear in Cool History for Advanced, gathered here for teacher convenience. Many weeks have extra writing options found nowhere else.
- Geography Need to Know for Advanced: Lists the geography facts that Advanced students need to know for their unit tests.
- Classroom Map Work: Outlines the geography lesson for each week. We highly recommend that teachers include at least a bit of map work with every lesson, lest their students forget where in the world the events under study took place. A good way to include geography is to buy one Painless Learning Placemat (painlesslearning.com) for each student. These are write-on, wipe-off maps with a color world map on one side and a B&W outline map on the other. With dry-erase markers, students can label and color the B&W outline map for each lesson, and then wipe it clean for the next lesson. Labeling a map their own hands gives students a great sense of geography, and helps place their history lessons in context.
- Globe Fun for Littles: The same globe/world map activities that appear in Cool History for Littles, repeated here for teacher convenience.
- Geography Focus from the Companion: So that teachers won’t have to pull out the Companion for in-class map work, the Teacher’s Guide for each lesson includes at least part of the Geography Focus from the Companion.
- Hands-on Activity Options: For teacher convenience, the Teacher’s Guide for each lesson lists the appropriate crafts and activities from the BiblioPlan Craft Book. Building a craft that is related to the subject matter is fun, and can help fix lessons in students’ minds.
The Teacher’s Guide also includes these optional year-long projects:
- Reading Logs: Teachers can use the Reading Log provided in this guide to encourage students to read outside books from BiblioPlan’s reading lists. We suggest that teachers offer a certificate or prize for every 5, 10 or 20 books read.
- History Alive: This guide includes a History Alive flyer that teachers can use to encourage students in their big project for the year: a research project on an important figure or event from history. Teachers can fill in the details of this assignment— number of pages, number of sources required and so on— according to their students’ abilities and needs. Each student should not only submit a report to the teacher, but also present it to the class— perhaps in period costume, with props! History Alive projects can be educational, rewarding and fun, all at the same time.