Organizing Challenge Cards from The Mystery of HistoryTicia Messing
Last year I wrote about our Jeopardy game for The Mystery of History Challenge Cards, and then a month or so ago I wrote to you about how I added in science questions for spiral review.
I finally discovered a genius way to store all of my (affiliate link) The Mystery of History Challenge Cards. Are you ready to hear about it?
I used these supplies:
- colored cardstock (lighter colors work better than dark ones)
- standard, business size mailing envelopes
- permanent markers
- manila envelopes
I printed my challenge cards on different colored cardstock.
- The Mystery of History Vol. I Challenge Cards on green
- The Mystery of History Vol II Challenge Cards on white
- The Mystery History Vol, III Challenge Cards on blue
- The Mystery of History Vol. IV Challenge Cards on pink
Of course, the actual colors don’t really matter as long as they are easily recognizable. With the different colors, I am able to easily able to see which year the cards are for when sorting them.
Next I labeled my envelopes in multiples of 3 (1-3, 4-6, 7-9, etc) to divide the year by the weeks of study. Because I’m a very visual person I needed the actual lesson numbers on my envelopes. Otherwise I sat there doing math for a minute to figure out which lessons that was. I also referenced the Table of Contents to verify I wasn’t getting my math wrong halfway through. Dividing my cards into the envelopes saved me time for my daily lessons when I used the cards.
Once I cut out the cards, I placed them into the envelopes by their lesson number. I paid my kids 25 cents a page to cut out the cards because I hate cutting out cards. I also chose to cut on the solid lines rather than the dashed lines because the cards fit better in my calendar pocket chart. As a bonus, the cards also fit better in the standard mailing envelopes.
Then I labeled the manila envelopes with the volume of The Mystery of History and put in all the envelopes for that volume.
Now as I cover a week in The Mystery of History I add the challenge cards from that lesson into my jeopardy board. I am organized for each of our spiral review sessions, and our homeschool day runs more smoothly for my advanced preparation.