This is my second year homeschooling and I feel as if I need have something in place for the duration to give myself an idea of how the year will go. I've already noticed that some subjects are going to take longer than others to finish. I guess I feel more confident about making a change here or there, or even prepared to explore other things (eg. unanticipated field trip) if I have it all down. Not sure if I've made sense or not... but that was my thinking.
Oh, and there's the fact that my wonderful family found it difficult to give me the time each week to put plans together this year. I found myself "flying by the seat of my pants" most of the time. Not a good feeling.
Hope this helps. Everyone is different.
I am also going to try to get my 8th and 10th grader to do some subjects together. I think that will increase the motivation for each. And introduce a certain element of competition, which might be good.
While planning is a necessity for me, I am open to the needs of my children and the possibility that our lessons don't follow the plan. My son was struggling with multiplying and I stopped his regular math book and took 2 weeks to drill him intensively ... he did so much better later that it was well worth the break. He didn't finish his math book... as both of his sisters did, but I didn't stress it... he needed that time and honestly the end of his math book will be reviewed in the next book. My youngest is a struggling reader and I am constantly adjusting her schedule to accommodate her abilities ... I actually threw out her reading program mid year... it wasn't working. We started with a different program, which I am thrilled to say is really helping her.
OK I know you have probably told me but for review and others.. what reading programs were they?
We started the year with Bob Jones ... which I LOVE ... but it was moving way too fast...she couldn't keep up. Now we are combining Reading Rods, Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading and Bob Books. I like the hands on activities of Reading Rods, but they were expensive and don't cover all the skills we need...like blends. Because she is hands on, I incorporate them when I can. The Ordinary Parents guide uses a magnet board which is wonderful for her too.
Bob Books are really building her confidence ... short easy stories... she loves reading again! We also are using Explode the Code... very good workbooks. I hope to return to Bob Jones someday... I have used it with my older kids and love the program.. she just isn't ready yet.
I do the whole year ahead of time. First, I take each subject and divide it into how many days I need and write it down from there. Then, after I see if everything is going to work, I put it in my main lesson planner and add more details. I have the lesson plans written up already and now I'm working on getting them into my planner with more detail for each subject. I am the type of person that craves organization in everything.
WOW and here I am still trying to decide what to use this year and school starts 7/11 here ...
I am so impressed with all you ladies
I make what I euphemistically call Master Schedules and we follow them closely. I have examples of them all over my web site and examples of how to make them for various kinds of books. A master schedule is a list. The books for one subject is divided into weeks or days and placed in a planner. If I need to add more detail to a master schedule, I can add it later. I don't try to forumlate details extensive plans for the whole year.
This web page example here: http://donnayoung.org/forms/help/go/ex/sww.htm shows a single subject (vocabulary) planned using a book and a software program. This is an example of a master plan for one semester.
Here are a couple of samples of how one could plan Wordly Wise
Here is a text book detailed master plan:
Here is a text book simple master plan without page numbers:
These are all simple book schedules, (a list of pages and sometimgs a little detail) in other words, the books are scheduled so that they can be read/lessons done within the school year. This is just how I do it, others do theirs the way they want to do it. For me, planning this way is simple and easy and to the point.
The children get a copy of the master plan in some form. The history plan gets glued into their books, the science plan takes the form of bookmarks. In workbooks, the plan is either written inside the book cover or 'stop/start/do this' is written on the actual pages of the workbook.
If one of the kids needs reteaching it is just a simple matter of stopping where we are in the master plan, doing the reteaching, then resuming where we were in the master plan. If the reteaching requires a schedule, then that is made on a quarter planner or one of the new planners ... for example if I want to do the reteaching/extra practice in 9 or 12 lessons, I'd use a planner from this page:
I'd use the one with 9 or 12 blocks and use the bottom part for detailing what is going on and the progress made.
If you must keep records in a weekly planner, then transfer the plans from the Master Plan (subject planner) to your weekly planner.
I also record all my grades, so above each slot for each grade, I write down what the grade is for ...
Oh, if we only lived closer to each other ... .We are so much alike.
I'm also very particular with my grades.
I just go thru the books I am using and make weekly assignments for each child (an 2nd and a 3rd grader this coming year) for the younger 2 we are sort of cheating this year and found a place online that has the whole year done for us.. and they have curriculum for babies thru K. The best part is it is FREE.
Brightly Beaming Resources
I hope this helps...
I don't write out the workbooks, because I know how much we have to do, in order to complete the book. Especially with math, lesson 1, follows lesson 2! LOL
For more difficult things with extras, like science and history, I plan in much more detail, because of the books and experiments. I try to plan them to a T.
I don't want to look disorganized with the kids, not that it doesn't happen. But I don't want them to think they can be disorganized, by my example.
I am now starting to plan things out. I take my books with me to dr's appointments, to the pool, etc...
Good luck everyone! It's a huge task.
I have several teacher planner books from that era. They are full of plans that have been checked-off, some are whited-out (is that even a word), erased and remarked. That was long ago, but apparently I planned everything more than a week in advance (hence the white-out). I probably sat down and planned two or three weeks in advance at a time, but I'm not sure, it's been a long time. I didn't start out planning the way I plan now.
I've been dappling, going by his interests or what I remember I have around the house, etc. He's been doing so well that I haven't really worried about it. Of course, I have decided that writing every day is going to be a must - his writing is not good (but quickly improving). He'd be going into K if he were going to public...so I feel a little structure may be in order ... I just haven't decided how much.
I don't really plan for K. Just kind of went along with whatever book I was using. This year I am planning though.
I used to be a good planner/organizer and then I had kids
Now I am flying by the seat of my pants too!
Last night I checked out the web page Nana sent in and printed off lots of stuff from there and then pondered on what some of you said about organization and lesson plans
I am from TX so they are pretty lax. . .but I want to do it unto the Lord so if anyone ever wants to check I have done what is acceptable and above. So I printed off the quarterly lesson plan sheets 2 per kid like Donna states on her web page. Then I started planning (without a pitcher of tea!) and got several weeks done. I am doing Interlock and FIAR books. . .and now will do a little of this Brightly Beaming. My twins need lots. I am hoping this will help keep me on my toes. The Interlock is only 3 days a week but maybe this will keep me focused. I tend to put off till tomorrow as I am trying to get my house in order. . .so taking a mini siesta on school right now. But oldest needs it and well I think they all need it. Went today to ps and they are wanting to test twins and see if they have autism spectrum stuff like their brother. So we all need structure in the home. . .including me!
Anyway, just wanted you to know I am converted and am going to be doing lesson plans like the "big girls" and this is my only 2nd year to HS.
I plan too much and find myself falling behind and feeling like a failure when I don't get the things done that I planned.
This has been my downfall so this year I am determined to have a better yr and not plan so far in advance and just plan 2 or 3 weels instead of 12 weeks.
I didn't do much planning for K this past year. but I need to plan now that I have a 1st grader and a K .