So where do you start with planning for your homeschool? I started with our general daily schedule. Hubby and I sat down and figured out what curriculum our kids would use and then we decided the order of their classes. He did a great job this year of helping me take a really broad subject for my son and narrow it down by planning out our schedule. We plan out the daily schedule for school based on who gets up first, which subjects they need help on and which subjects they can complete independently, and approximately how long each subject will take. Once we had that set, I could go through each subject and plan specific lessons for Buddy (I didn't need to for Little Miss because we use a boxed curriculum for her that has a lesson plan book). I plan out only a few weeks at a time, otherwise planning for the entire 180 school days becomes overwhelming (while we are working within those weeks I start planning out the next few weeks beyond those). Then I plan for one subject at a time so that I can focus on just that subject. I have found over the years if I take planning step by step it does not overwhelm me. When I have tried to plan it all at once, I end up stressed, restless, and unhappy because the task is way too big.
|This is our sample schedule we are trying this year. We will modify it as needed.|
- Choose a curriculum or mix of curriculum
- Plan the classes your students will take
- Decide the best order of the classes for your student
- Determine start and end times to your homeschool day
- Plan lessons one subject at a time for a few weeks at a time
- Continue to plan lessons one subject at a time for a few weeks at a time until you have enough lessons for the whole school year.
How do you plan out your school? I would love to hear about it. I am always looking to make my planning more efficient.