Now that you have all that background, consider yourself equipped to rejoice with me over my latest frugal find.
I currently home educate my son. He will be in 5th grade this year, and while I did create a printable set of lesson pages to help me organize all that I plan to teach, I knew there was probably a more cost-effective way.
Several weeks ago, while perusing the $1 bins at Target, I noticed lesson plan books. They contained only enough pages for about 25 weeks of school....yet there are traditionally 36 weeks per year. I actually plan for 40 weeks of school, so Fridays can be lighter. I didn't buy anything that day, but have been thinking about those $1 books ever since. Then it struck me: buy TWO books (duh, they are only $1 each). Use one book for the first half of the school year, and the other for the second.
But...there are only 3 blocks per page, for a total of 6 blocks when the book is open. I need LOTS of blocks, because, as I said, I am detail-oriented. So then I had this idea: copy one page of 3 blocks, and tape it hinge-style on the right, so that when I open all the pages, I have 9 blocks going across!
I am in lesson plan heaven!!! Along with no guilt, since no copyright violations occurred.
If you are a teacher in any capacity, know a teacher, or are visual and enjoy being organized, then I encourage you take advantage of frugal opportunities when they are available. I am so thankful that even though I passed this one up the first time, there were two books waiting for me when I went back to the store for them!