Enumerated Sequences

Sometimes you have a sequence of lessons which don't fit any regular pattern.

Our Jacob's Algebra textbook is divided into chapters, each of which are divided into a different number of lessons.  Chapter 1 has 9 lessons, chapter 2 has 6 lessons, chapter 3 has 7 lessons, chapter 4 has 5 lessons, chapter 5 has 8 lessons, and so on.

Of course, you could use nested sequences to express two different incrementing ranges.  But in this case, its not quite right.  The second (inner) sequence has a different range, depending on the first (outer) value, and you'd have to do a great deal of editing and bumping after creation.

You could also create the lessons one chapter at a time.  That would work, but is not the user experience I am looking for.

Enumerated Sequences

Enumerated sequences express explicitly the start and end values to use in multiple ranges.  They are designed for the case above, where there are different values in each range.

You can express an enumeration by following your range with a comma ',' followed by another range, (which can be followed by another comma, and another range...)

The result is the series that we want, all in one swift click:

Chapter 1 Lesson 1
Chapter 1 Lesson 2
Chapter 1 Lesson 3
Chapter 1 Lesson 4
Chapter 1 Lesson 5
Chapter 1 Lesson 6
Chapter 1 Lesson 7
Chapter 1 Lesson 8
Chapter 1 Lesson 9
Chapter 2 Lesson 1
Chapter 2 Lesson 2
Chapter 2 Lesson 3
Chapter 2 Lesson 4
Chapter 2 Lesson 5
Chapter 2 Lesson 6
Chapter 3 Lesson 1
Chapter 3 Lesson 2
Chapter 3 Lesson 3
Chapter 3 Lesson 4
Chapter 3 Lesson 5
Chapter 3 Lesson 6
Chapter 3 Lesson 7

Chapter 4 Lesson 1
Chapter 4 Lesson 2
Chapter 4 Lesson 3
Chapter 4 Lesson 4
Chapter 4 Lesson 5

Chapter 5 Lesson 1
Chapter 5 Lesson 2
Chapter 5 Lesson 3
Chapter 5 Lesson 4
Chapter 5 Lesson 5
Chapter 5 Lesson 6
Chapter 5 Lesson 7
Chapter 5 Lesson 8

Note that if I did not provide enough lesson enumerations for all my chapters, Scholaric would repeat the last one to fill out the remaining chapters.

Happy Planning
11 responses
This is exactly what I was wishing for yesterday as I was trying to create a lesson plan for Teaching Textbooks! The only thing that would really make it perfect would be the ability to input Tests after each different range of lessons without having to type "test" in between each one. But I can deal with that since you've just made the rest of it so much quicker. I'm really starting to feel like I know how to use this and appreciate all of your efforts so much!!
Wow, that is powerful!
Hello! I'm a big fan of Sholaric! I have a question though about the sequencing for our history lessons. We are using Notgrass History this year. There are 150 lessons and 30 units. I tried to plug this sequence in : Unit {1-30} Lesson {1-5, 6-10, 11-15} etc....all the way to 150. There are 5 lessons in each Unit. It didn't work for me. Could you help me figure this out? Thank you so much!
Hi Jana, First, your example is not supported by the normal nested sequences, because the two sequences are independent - the inner one does not repeat, and at its end trigger an increment of the outer one. Your on the right track. Although this is not what I had in mind for enumerated sequences, it should work just fine. Try this (removing the spaces you had): Unit {1-30} Lesson {1-5,6-10,11-15,16-20,21-25,26-30,31-35,36-40,41-45,46-50,51-55,56-60,61-65,66-70,71-75,76-80,81-85,86-90,91-95,96-100,101-105,106-110,111-115,116-120,121-125,126-130,131-135,136-140,141-145,146-150}
Hello! I love your website and have found it incredibly helpful in this first year of homeschooling. I was hoping you could help me figure out what I'm doing wrong. I have a chapter book that has specific pages assigned for each day, not necessarily an even number of pages for each day. What sequence would I need to do to accomplish this? I tried Squanto Pg {5-12,13-19,20-29,30-39,40-47,48-61,62-67,68-75,76-81,82-93,94-105,106-112} and it doesn't work. It is only assigning one page per day. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Correct, your page ranges are not exactly enumerated sequences. You want Squanto Pg 5-12 to show up in the first lesson, but you are specifying a range, so Scholaric will try to use it and do Pg 5, then Pg 6. What you really need is an enumeration of lesson grouping, which Scholaric does not support. Sorry
Brand new Scholaric user here! I'm really excited about your program, but I could use some assistance. I'm trying to add a sequence of lessons for the sections of text in Story of the World, Vol. 3. There are 42 chapters, each having 1 to 3 sections. I wanted the sections scheduled for Mondays and Tuesdays. I've been trying to enter Chapter {1-42} Lesson {1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-3,1,1,1-3,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-2} I've left Repetition Schedule unchecked, as the varying number of sections will leave me tweaking it at times anyways. I've tried selecting "for a specific number of lessons" (79) and when that didn't work, "at end of sequence" under the "Date" section. In both cases, the first Monday will show this text as the planned lesson: "Chapter 1 Lesson {1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-3,1,1,1-3,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-2}". The next day, it shows this text "Chapter 2 Lesson {1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-3,1,1,1-3,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1,1-2,1-2,1-2}". The following Monday has us in Chapter 3 and so on. Can you please help me to correct my syntax in order to achieve the proper results? Thank you!
Tabitha you need to make two changes, from what I see: (1) remove any spaces in your enumerated sequence, and (2) when you have a single lesson, express it as 1-1 instead of 1. If this doesn't fix, please email me. jeff
It worked! Thanks!
Hi Jeff, What is the best way to sequence (Saxon) Algebra lessons ranging from 1-120 for the entire school year with a test every fifth day after the first test after lesson 10. It's not a Friday test that I'm going for this time, just a test every fifth day after the initial Test 1 after lesson 10.
Hi Jeff, I posted a question above about Algebra lessons and tests. I'd like to label the tests also, Tests 1-32 for the year. I also would like to know the best way to plan out science lessons for the year when we read a chapter, 1-18 total, on Mondays of even numbers weeks only. Is there a sequence for that so I can plan the entire set on Mondays with one (powerful) command?