I have never been able to just pick a curriculum for our homeschooling. Nothing has ever felt like just the right fit for us. So, I have always picked a little of this, a little of that, to make our very eclectic curriculum. There is one reason that I am jealous of people who go with a set curriculum, however. I would love someone else to do more of the planning for me.
Each year, I have changed up how I have done our planning. During our first year of homeschooling, I bought a teacher lesson plan book and hand wrote everything in. During our second year, I did this again, but I also used a file box to keep many of our papers organized for each week. Last year, I planned the entire year during the summer using Donna Young’s Basic Unlabeled Weekly form (that I tweaked). I put them all in a three ring binder in sections based on subject. Then, each week, I would just write up assignment sheets for the kids from each section.
This year, I used Donna Young’s free forms again – two page weekly lesson plans, attendance, grading, and field trip forms, and I bound it all with my comb binding machine into a book that I will hand write in. (Although, I did type in regularly occurring things, before printing, so that I don’t have to write them over and over.)
Here is my new planner (with four weeks of plans written in!):
I’m feeling really good about this, and hope that it works out well for us. I know that every year, I decide to change things up, but hopefully this is a good culmination of all of the changes that I have wanted to make to the actual organization aspect of our home educating.
Now, if you don’t feel like putting together a whole binder yourself, there are plenty of commercial planners available, as well as some great ebooks that blogging homeschoolers have put together, such as:
Jessica Fisher, from Life as Mom, has her Organizing Life as Mom ebook, and she has add-ons (which can be purchased separately) for bloggers and for homeschoolers!
Jolanthe of Homeschool Creations has her amazing planner with 138 planning pages on interactive PDF files. You can see samples pages on her site as well.
If you’re a homeschooler, what method do you use for planning out your days?
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.
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