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4 Weeks To An Organized Homeschool: Week 2 – Weekly Lesson Planning

Welcome to 4 Weeks To An Organized Homeschool: Week 2 – Weekly Lesson Planning!  If you missed Week 1, we talked about organizing all those supplies (and you can read all about that here!).

Weekly lesson planning can be intimidating, even when we prepare supply lists and papers ahead of time, but it’s a key component to an organized homeschool. So how do we ensure lesson planning happens as needed, despite the chaos of everyday life?

We do it in seven easy steps. Two steps to prepare and five steps to accomplish weekly!

4 Weeks To An Organized Homeschool Week 2 - Lesson Plans

Lesson Planning Prep

1. Decide when and where you’re going to get your lesson planning done. Friday afternoon? Sunday afternoon? Schedule it on your calendar. What are the kids going to be doing while you lesson plan? Will hubby take them out for an evening, or will they be nestled snug in their beds?

Will you be lesson planning at home, the library, or a coffee shop? I just discovered that going to the library after church on Sundays works really well! My library has a playroom for preschooler and all the books I need right there. It was so easy to run down the shelves and find an appropriate book while planning.

2. Create a master list of assignments and subjects. If you go by memory, a subject will likely be forgotten. It’s happened many, many times in my house. So I strongly recommend brainstorming and creating a list of weekly subjects.


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Don’t just list the subjects, but list expectations as well. For instance in English we may have a spelling lesson each week, writing assignment, literature reading, literature discussion, grammar, vocabulary, etc. Don’t list specifics, but create an outline of expectations for each child.

Get your weekly lesson planning done in 7 easy steps!

Weekly Lesson Planning

3. Look at your calendar. Is it a normal or event-free week? Go ahead and plan your normal school week or even make up material from sickness or chaotic weeks.

On the other hand, if grandparents are visiting and you have children performing in plays, doctor’s appointments, and several games this week… it might be a good idea to plan a minimal school week.

4. Gather materials. There’s nothing worse than sitting down to plan things out and needing to go running all over the house looking for needed tools. Make certain you have teacher’s manuals and last week’s planning sheets before you sit down.

Do you have the needed planning sheets for this week? Do your children need their own assignments sheets so they can work independently or will you be directing them? In my case, my children 3rd grade and over get their own assignment sheet. My 5yo is directed by me.

5. Plan the easy subjects. I like to begin with math as it’s the easiest subject to plan. We cover one lesson a day, 5 days a week. I pencil in lessons and tests. Continue with the other easy subjects. You know, the ones that require very little thought.

This usually enables me to have 1/2 the assignments planned quickly. Nothing’s more motivating than seeing the squares fill up quickly and easily!

6. Thumb through the harder subjects to plan such as history and science. What are you learning about this week? What do you want the children to learn? Write it down accordingly.

Keep an eye out for areas you can consolidate children. Can the children work together to do science experiments together? Watch a documentary? Everyone write a short essay on the Egyptians? Decide and write your plans accordingly.

7. Double check your master list and calendar. Is everything doable? Do the lesson plans fit into your schedule? Did you accidently plan a heavy day on the same day as your son’s chess tournament? Adjust as needed.

Keep your plans reasonable for the amount of time you have available. Be careful not to short change your kids’ education, but at the same time make certain there is time for social activities. Life is the richer for time spent with friends and family.

By this time you should have a good idea of what you want to accomplish this week and what type of week you’re expecting. Hand the plans to the children and enjoy the awesome organized homeschool week ahead of you!

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When and where do you do your lesson planning?

 

Don’t miss out on the rest of this series!

4 Weeks To An Organized Homeschool: Week 1 - Materials4-Weeks-To-An-Organized-Homeschool-Week-2-LessonPlans-FEATURE4 Weeks To An Organized Homeschool: Week 3 - Reevaluating4 Weeks To An Organized Homeschool Week 4 Unit Studies And Student Responsibility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us know which week was most helpful to you!

About the Author Sara Dennis

Sara Dennis is a homeschooling mother of 6 children ages 4 through 18. After much research into homeschooling in 2000, she and her husband fell in love with classical education and used it as the foundation for their homeschool. Sara Dennis blogs at Classically Homeschooling.

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