Using a Lesson Planner
Since this is my second year I decided to get a little more organized. Which is funny because I am not usually a planner, but I believe that being organized with homeschooling (especially when you have more than one child) is a big LIFE SAVER!! So I filled out my lesson planner and thought that I would share it with you. I have one child going into high school this year and it is really important that I document everything that we do.
This is for my daughter that is going into 9th grade. She has a pretty full schedule. She is taking Spanish and Latin. On top of writing, reading, math, social studies, science and Bible. Writing down the textbooks that she is using helps me to remember what curriculum we have used each year. My daughter will also be doing at least 3 job shadows or internships this year to help her decide which career path she would like to take.
This is for my son and my best friend’s daughter who are 3 and 4 years old. We have some textbooks like, handwriting, Bible, and a phonics program. They will be doing the same science and social studies that my second grade daughter will be doing. I will just be changing the directions on the activity pages for these subjects, to make them more friendly for them to use. For math I printed out the Prek standards for our state and found hands-on activities for them to do, online. They will also be doing centers that go with their phonics, math, social studies and science curriculum.
In the lesson plan book it had a yearly schedule. I sat down and mapped out each subject for each child. For example, I figured for science that there are 16 chapters. I figured that if we took about 2 weeks to complete a chapter that would be 32 weeks. That leaves us 4 weeks left to make up any work that we are running behind on. For social studies my oldest daughter, she is doing 7 chapters from the Western Civilization book. I figured out that we could take 5 weeks in each chapter and that would give me 35 weeks. I kept doing this for each subject and then I would write down on the yearly planner, when each child should finish the next section in a certain subject. These benchmarks are there to help keep me on track. That way during the year if I am behind on one subject (by what I have written on the yearly planner), but am ahead in another subject, I would double up on the subject that I am behind on and not do the subject that I am ahead on.
Here is the reading list that is in the planner. I like it because we are doing classical education. We do not have a textbook curriculum for reading, for any of the kids. We will be reading books from a book list and books that the kids want to read also. They will have to keep a list of the books that they have read for reporting purposes. Also this list will let me know how many books they have read in the year.
These two pages allow me to keep track of extra curricular activities. Each year (at least in our state), they want to know what extra curricular activities that your child has done. Where we live it is important to show that your child has takes some form of art, music and gym each year. This allows me to keep track of everything that each child has done through out the yea,r including all the field trips that we have taken, (even when we are on vacation).
He re is a page that allows me to keep track of all of their grades. For my oldest daughter in high school I keep percentage grades. For my middle child I give her a letter grade (A, B, C, D). I also have three-ring binders for each child, for each subject, that I have them keep all of their graded work in. They must fix a paper before it can go into their three-ring binder.
Here are the weekly lesson plans for my middle child, my youngest child, and my friend’s daughter. I try to do my lesson plans two weeks at a time. This helps me to see where each subject is going. For my younger children, I write out daily lesson plans. This helps me to know what they need to do each day. This keeps me organized for each day.
These are the lesson plans for my oldest daughter. If you notice, her lesson plans are listed by subject. For each subject I have listed all the assignments that need to be completed by the end of the week. I have also written up a syllabus with expectations for each subject to help her to know exactly what I expect. I do not do daily lesson plans with her because in college, the professor will give her a syllabus, that will tell her what she needs to get done, by what date. It will be her responsibility to have it done on time. I will meet with her daily at first to see how she is doing, with keeping up with her lessons.
I hope this helps you with your planning and organization for homeschooling your own child(ren). Please feel free to use any or all of the ideas on this page to help you with record keeping as well planning.