[originally posted on May 42, 2010]
So now that you have completed your Curriculum Spreadsheet and you are waiting to receive your curriculum you have time to do some planning. There are a lot of factors that you can take into account when your planning your calendar year. I hope to walk you through some and you will have to determine which factors will guide you as you create the perfect calendar for your family.
- I go to FiveJ’s and print out her homeschool year at a glance calendar.
- I determine my first day of school. I have a child who has a birthday on August 18th and this year the 18th is the day I want to start school. But we will be starting school on the 19th so we can celebrate that child’s birthday fully and not interrupt the start of our homeschool year.
- Then I determine what days I am taking off for Thanksgiving (we take a week), Christmas (we take four weeks)& Spring Break (we take a week in the spring to go camping or on a mission trip) and any other pre-planned vacation I know I will be taking. Or if we are adding a child etc…. In my state I do not have to follow the public school calendar so I usually do not.
- Then I take my curriculum and write the weeks on my Homeschool Calendar in pencil. This gives me an approximate end date for my school year. Additionally, anytime during the year I can check and see if we are on schedule.
- Pay attention to your curriculum most curriculum have either 160, 170 or 180 lessons so after I have numbered the weeks I number the days. This lets me know where everyone should be by day 10 or 90 or 120. I have a child that often gets ahead and I have a child that really likes to lag behind so this is a great tool I can use to encourage them in their school work. As it allows me to easily check on a child’s progress by looking at my master plan.
- Of course the best laid plans always have detours so I have scheduled in about 5-10 catch up days through out the year. There is an extra week at the end of the year (5 days), Monday of Thanksgiving week (6), Tues- Friday week before Christmas break (10) and if we need more then that then we will school into the summer.
So this provides me with an overview of our upcoming school year. This usually takes me 15 minutes or so unless I have not decided when to start school. Then it could take a little longer as I have to call the dh and check his schedule etc…
This is also the time I start to think about next years planner. What should I include in my planner. What did I like about this years planner and what didn’t I like etc…
Here are a few more things on planning to help you make this the best year yet!
- How to determine how much work you can complete (in a quarter,trimester, semester etc…)
- How to Homeschool for free
- How to use Documentaries in your Homeschool (or you can buyLearning with the Movies (Updated and Revised with Over 800 More Movies)!)
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