Successfully Preparing a Just-Home Schola Rosa Unit within an Hour

by Alecia Rolling

IMG_7153Time: 45-60 minutes Family Stats: Doing “Just Home” Schola Rosa this year with 6 children ~ 1 infant, 1 toddler, 1 Preschooler, 1 Kindergartener, 1 First Grader, and 1 Third Grader

My Work Space: I have a wall system with built-in cabinets, shelves, and a counter top on one end of the school room. It really is a classroom! Each cabinet is labelled with supply types for easy finding and access.

Prep Materials on Hand:

  • Laptop
  • Printer
  • Counter Space
  • Extra Ink and Paper (Always!)
  • 3-Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Contact Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue Sticks
  • All Folders/Binders
  • Swing-Arm Paper Cutter
  • Stapler
  • Extra Staples (Always!)
IMG_7154Child’s Space: Each child has a drawer for his or her folder, books, and composition books along with his or her own pencil box, which includes 2 pencils, 1 pack of colored pencils, 2 glue sticks, an eraser, and a pencil sharpener.

My Process:

Step 1 ~ Make sure I have a quiet space. Either my husband watches the kids for an hour on a Saturday, or I wait until all the kids have gone to bed at night.

Step 2 ~ Make sure I have all of my students’ folders, my binder, and a tidy work space.

Step 3 ~ Open Schola Rosa website on my laptop and print the Handbook for the unit. Read unit summary.



IMG_7086 Step 4 ~ Look at each subject folder in the online suite and print any printables, placing them on top my students’ folders. If a lesson is for me, it goes on top of my binder. If it is an activity that can be done in the Science Journal or Composition Book instead, I do not print that worksheet, but make a note in the composition book/journal.


As I print and sort the printables, I also check any links to make sure they work and to get a feel for the activity to come during the week. If needed, I write notes in the lesson plans to remind me to go online.


IMG_7087Step 5 ~ Gather and prep any necessary supplies. Since I have everything on the Schola Rosa Materials List, I know the supplies are on hand in our cabinets. I simply take them out or write a note in my lesson plans about their location. What I most prefer to prep ahead of time are my Preschooler’s Alphabet cards, which are printed, cut, matted, and laminated.
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Step 6 ~ Organize each student’s folder for the week.

IMG_7074Toddler: I use Montessori activities that we created  and implemented using the book “Teaching Montessori in the Home.” In addition to those activities, we use purchased ones from I simply created a Mastery Chart for each Toddler/Preschooler, so I can keep track of where they are when.


PIMG_7081reschool: Contents include Primary Arithmetic Mastery Chart, Letter/Number Book, Virtue Coloring Pages, Alphabet Cards, Art Project, and any extra Math or ABC Coloring pages from the Digital Library that I like.





K – 1st Grade (x2): Contents include Primary Arithmetic Mastery Chart, McGuffey Reader Mastery Chart, Coloring Pages, Worksheets, and Schedule of Week.



IMG_70842nd – 3rd Grade:
Contents include Primary Arithmetic Mastery Chart, McGuffey Reader Mastery Chart, Coloring Pages, Worksheets, and Schedule of Week.

Step 7 ~ Organize my binder. Contents include smiley face stickers for putting on good work, handbook, lessons : CCM-SR Memory Work Unit Summary, Art Lesson, Virtue Lesson, Music Lesson, Latin Lesson, Language Arts Lessons, and any others for that unit.


Where do the Folders and Binders go?
Folders go in each student’s drawer. I also take the opportunity to clean out any “extra” messy build-up from their drawers, so we are ready for a good week.
My Binder goes on the coffee table by the couch for me to review Monday morning before the kids wake up.
Now we are ready for a unit!


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