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After struggling on several different occasions to figure out a way to sort of “schedule” TRISMS for my middle schooler, it finally hit me: Use Trello!!!
If you’re not sure what Trello is, please, please, PLEASE check it out! It’s a highly customizable organizational tool that you can use for virtually anything you can come up with!
I originally downloaded the iPhone app when I was going through the book Getting Things Done. (You can purchase it here.) It was supposed to be my dumping ground for all of my personal to-dos, but then it morphed into a great space to keep track of things for my businesses, too. I have boards that contain lists for potential hostesses, potential recruits, upcoming parties, paint colors I need to stock up on when I hit up Hobby Lobby, etc. K even made an account with her own board that she’s used to keep track of chores and things she needed to pack for our vacation last summer.
Then, when I sat down to work on planning out K’s freshman year, I turned to Trello once again. (YES!!! We’re THERE already! I can’t believe it!) Once that project was complete, I started googling different ways to utilize Trello in a homeschool setting. I was lying in bed just this morning when the idea of using it for TRISMS crossed my mind. I went to work, and viola! I think it’s the best thing I’ve come up with.
Now, if you’re not familiar with TRISMS, it’s a history program that centers on research. Students are told to read about a certain topic to get a general feel for it, then they’re given questionnaires for scientists, inventions, and explorers that they need to fill out by researching. It also integrates IEW as a writing component and offers many suggestions for reading selections. At the high school level, you can actually earn history, literature, writing, rhetoric, and many other credits for thoroughly going through the material. At this point, our plan is to use it for history and literature credits.
Here’s how the student book is laid out: