Because of my lack or organizing genius, I could not come up with a way to store my timeline cards outside of just piling the whole stack into a drawer and then rifling through them every single week when I needed to change our memory work display. While that "system" technically worked, it was not fun! Enter, life-saving homeschooling mama on the Classical Conversations Offical Facebook Page! Someone reached out asking for ideas about this topic, and a super-smart mama showed off her system that contained all of her cards neatly organized and labeled by week. I was in love! The fact that her system had a lid sealed the deal (tee hee...the lid "sealed" the deal!!) because when you have a curious toddler, every layer between said toddler and disaster is a bonus!
This setup could not be easier, and the best part? It only cost me $7.01 to create!
Here are the steps to create your system and the supplies you will need:
1.) You will need a Sterilite EZ Carry Storage Container w/Lid (9 and 1/2" L x 8" W x 6 and 7/8" H) as the storage container for this project. I found mine at Wal-Mart for only $3.47! This is the perfect size for storing all 24 weeks worth of cards, and is especially great for tutors, as the lid has a handle that makes it super easy to carry!
2.) Prepare your labels. I chose to use Avery 2-Sided Writable, Smudge-Free Mini UltraTabs (40 per pack), and a Sharpie Ultra Fine-Point Marker. THIS IS IMPORTANT! These are the only pens I have found that do not smudge or bleed when writing on divider tabs! You will simply number your chosen labels with the numbers 1-24.
3.) Divide your cards by week, and insert each week into the container one at a time, placing the corresponding week's label to the first card in every week. I love these dividers because they are re-positionable, which means you can remove and re-stick them to your surface a few times before they need to be replaced! They also leave behind no sticky residue, so your timeline cards will always be looking as good as new!
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