A new year is rolling around. It’s time to sit down and create homeschool lesson plans your kids will enjoy. Although lesson planning may seem boring and can be overlooked, you can easily craft and customize a plan that meets the needs of your unique family.
Whether you consider yourself spontaneous or enjoy getting down to the details, read on to learn how to create your own lesson plan!
Why Create a Lesson Plan?
One large benefit is that planning even a little ahead of time will make your job easier for the upcoming year. With clear guidelines for the year ahead, it’s much easier to hold yourself accountable and get back on track.
Most importantly, creating a lesson plan gives you the ability to set academic goals for your children.
Homeschool Lesson Plans: Consider Last Year
Before you jump into crafting a lesson plan for this year, take a look back at the year before. By reflecting on the lessons learned, you can hone in on what worked and what didn’t to create something that works better for your family.
Here are a few points you can consider before undertaking your new lesson plan:
- Did your plan last year work well?
- How did the plan change throughout the year?
- How do you think you can improve on the organization of that plan?
- Did you have enough break time, such as fun family activities and vacations?
- Did you over or under schedule?
- Did your students accomplish the goals you created together?
- What could be better for this year?
Determine Your School Year
Start by drafting what your school year will look like. Consider the following:
- Do you have state requirements you need to follow?
- Will you be homeschooling all year or following a traditional school schedule?
- What days will you have off?
With a calendar in hand while you answer these questions, mark off your blocks of time.
Determine Your School Week
After you determine your school year, you can narrow down your focus to the school week. Things to consider are:
- What do you consider your “core” courses?
- How long can your children stay focused?
- What are the courses you’ll teach daily?
- Will all five days of the week have school work?
- When will your school day begin and end?
- What extra-curricular activities will you be doing throughout the week?
Filling out your weekly calendar while you’re answering these questions will make the work speed by.
Start Lesson Planning
This is the most time-intensive part of your work. However, you can make your job easier and more enjoyable by utilizing lesson plan templates from Adobe Spark
This details what you’ll learn day by day, but since you know how your week will look like, this is a simple process of dividing up your plans more. While you’re planning, take time to consider extra materials you’d like to use aside from the textbook.
These can be as detailed as you feel comfortable with – it all depends on your family and your style of teaching.
Enjoyable Learning Experience
By crafting homeschool lesson plans ahead of time, you’ll be less stressed throughout the year and your kids will have more fun!
Over time, you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t. Remember that you can always alter lesson plans throughout your school year as well.
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