By this time of year most homeschoolers are in the throws of planning their next homeschool year. Each year I return to a few tried and true homeschool planning posts to help me navigate more ‘seamlessly’ through planning our homeschool year.
Planning 1 Year at a time
I plan the ENTIRE year in the summer using a few tricks of the trade that I have learned from other homeschoolers and homeschool bloggers. So I thought I might reveal how I plan the entire year in 2 weeks, yes that’s right the entire year. No more planning sessions no trying to find time to see where we are headed all of that happens over the summer. During the year I am generally check off work and checking to make sure we are progressing at a nice steady clip so we finish our work by May.
EVERY Year I return to Shower of Roses Planning sheets to create what I consider my Syllabus for each class. I give each student a copy and I keep a copy in my planner. I use the syllabus to monitor the students progress. I write the date she completes here assignments in the grid and I can make sure she is completing the appropriate number of lessons each week
I add to this a daily check off sheet on one piece of paper so I can quickly see what we still need to do or what each child has already done that day. I check off the things we do in our family gathering and this prevents me or them from consistently skipping a subject .
Pulling your Plan Together:
Every year I either make or buy a planner. If I am going to make my own planner I turn to Tina’s Dyamic Homeschool. This is her free 7 step DIY Homeschool Curriculum Planner. It has loads of stylish colors and useful forms.
If I am going to buy a planner I turn to “A Plan in Place” Now here are some newer planning posts. A Plan in Place has customizable planners for the Mama and the children to use . The reason I make my own planners is that I have found I will use a customized planner all year long while I ditch genreic planners no matter how cute after a few months.
Creating a School Schedule
For the most part I utilize Terri Maxwell’s Managers of their school to organize our school day. You have to remember the schedule is not your master, so we start out really strict and then we slowly fall into a routine.
I usually do this pretty early in the process. All you need are some colored pencils or markers so you can color code your school days, quarters, holidays etc..
In Sam’s Noggin Five Days of Preparing for Your New Homeschool Year she shares encouraging insights and tips from an experienced and extremely organized homeschool Mama! My favorite was “Print Ahead “it’s something most folks don’t normally do but if you do it once you’ll be hooked!
- Day1: Make Necessary Changes
- Day 2 :Frame Your Year
- Day 3: Fitting Your Curriculum into Your Plans
- Day 4: Print Ahead
- Day 5: Schedule your Days
And of course my book Planning Your Best Homeschool .Don’t let them fool you the better planned your homeschool year is the more successful your year will be!