Getting organized for the beginning of the year is not an easy feat, it is not easy to stay organized and ahead of the game for the whole year. I do things a little differently than some other homeschoolers may because I don’t look at the year as a whole so much. I like to look at the parts of the whole, break it all down into easier bite size pieces. Organized homeschool lesson planning is better done bit by bit for me, and for anyone that might get overwhelmed by the idea of planning for the year.
Organized Homeschool Lesson Planning
Over the last couple years I have been using BookShark and they have the planning done for me right done to each day of the week. But that is only for a few of our subjects, for the rest I have to figure out.
For example: RightStart Math is one of those that I plan myself. X amount of lessons in total divided by the number of weeks of school we’ll be doing, in our case 36 weeks. This gives me an idea of how many lessons we need to cover each week, then each day. I’ll be doing the same thing for other subjects or topics that we’ll be studying.
At the beginning of each month I sit down and plan, in pencil, for that month. You can read about what I do each month in a little more detail at All the Homeschool Things.
I also like to look through our history books in particular for things that we might want to try our hand at doing, like this hieroglyphs craft that we did last year. They still remember that history lesson, so I like to plan at least one of these extras a month.
Some days we’re not feeling the work planned and just need to take a break and relax, or find a different way to learn the subject topic. Watching documentaries or heading to the library to find new books on that topic are some of our favorite ways to learn without doing schoolwork. It gives us a little break, changes the learning medium and can just be plain fun.
This is just a little teaser of the post that you can find at All the Homeschool Things.