How do you do your homeschool lesson planning? Do you like to use a program, excel or a planner?
You have all of your curriculum sitting in front of you, now what? If you are lucky to have found the perfect curriculum that came pre-planned, all you need to do is open and go. For those that use other programs or design their own curriculum, you will need to do some planning.
There are different levels of planning depending on how much planning you like to do, either by term, monthly, weekly or daily. I have an overall plan for the year so that I have an idea of the pace I should work on things to complete it in the school year. I then I have a daily schedule in terms of what subjects we’ll cover. But most of my curriculum is open and go so I just flip the book open and we go at it, then the next time we do that subject, we just do the next thing, nice and simple.
I’m not one to schedule out every single moment of my day since you can’t really plan for baby messes and disruptions, but children like to know what they will be doing for the day so that they know when they will be done.
When I started homeschooling, I always flew by the seat of my pants and did whatever I thought we needed to do for the day. However, my son was constantly asking me what we were doing for today so I had to make him a schedule. Once, I did this, and we had been working consistently, I noticed that he worked so much better when he knew what was expected of him. He got things done without complaining and he knew when he was going to be done for the day so that he could go play.
I start with our daily schedule and work backwards to our yearly schedule. That way I know how much work we should be able to complete in one week. For example, we’ll be doing history 2 times per week. I want to do our reading and narration on one day and then outline and writing on another. So therefore I can get through 1 chapter per week to finish the book for the year.
I plan for 36 weeks of school, so since there are 42 chapters in the book, I double up certain weeks where the chapters are shorter.
Be realistic about what your child is able to complete everyday, if this is your first year, you may go through some trial and error. Is your child more attentive in the morning then it may be best to start with math.
In terms of time, if you need an hour to finish math, make sure you include breaks depending on the child’s age.
I make all of my supplies list for science and book lists for read alouds and independent reading books at the start of the year as well. I use the library extensively so if a book is not available I can just put a different one on hold. I make a science supplies list to ensure that science will get done, there’s no making excuses for not having the materials on hand for experiments.
Tips for lesson planning:
- Make daily schedule and what subjects will be completed
- be realistic about what your child is able to do
- Make yearly schedule
- Make supplies list or book lists for the year
- Homeschool Tracker- online
- Homeschool Skedtrack- online
- Well Planned Day – book
- Donna Young – the mother of all homeschool printables sites if you want to go the paper route
After you’ve completed your homeschool lesson plans, you may be so organized that you could get a job as a corporate event planner. Every homeschool is different but if you need to keep records, lesson planning will help keep everything organized and ensure your recording everything accurately.