So the first thing I did was to print out all the maps we would need from the Map Trek CD, which came with the program. You may choose to print them as you go day by day, but I prefer to have them all ready so I'm not trying to print them at 9am on the day we need to get school finished quickly. I printed up the student maps and placed them in my son's notebook, as well as the teacher maps (with answers) and made up a little booklet for myself. This will make checking his work easier for me, rather than always referring back to the CD each time.
The other thing I worked on was a supply list for each unit, so I can see if there are any special school supplies we will need. Most of the things on the list are normal items, crayons, colored pencils (these are used a lot), markers, paint, etc. Some things you may not expect are the water color paper, and oil pastels. Many household items are needed as well such as, aluminum foil, waxed paper, ziploc bags, etc. There is a fair amount of cooking in RTR and it will be nice to make sure I have the supplies on hand, or easily add them to my weekly shopping list.
And the last thing I am working on is making up sheets for story time. The guide recommends using index cards. These are used to record things each week as you read, new vocabulary words, vivid descriptions, plot twists, character moods, etc. I think the index cards may be a bit small for this project, so I am making pages which can be kept in the notebook with all our other papers.
I am excited to work through this guide with my son, I think I will be learning things about history that I never learned during my school years.