How I Write Weekly Lesson Plans:
Over the past 3 years I have tried a few different planners but the Weekly Homeschool Planner is my favorite. It’s an editable pdf document that I can reuse every year. I type out my lesson plans for the boys and save is as “2013-2014 School Year” (or whatever the current school year is). I can go in and edit/change when I need to. I just print it off and add it to our portfolio for end of the year evaluations. Also I’ve been able to look back at the Kindergarten lessons I did with Bubba as Chubba starts the same curriculum this year.
I usually take a few hours before we get started for the year to write out our plans. My Father’s World has grids included in the teacher manuals which is really helpful. I just copy the info in the grid and then fill in the blanks for things like math, language arts, art, music, etc. This planner also has space for me to list supplies, books we read and field trips. If you have to keep track of attendance there’s forms for that as well.
How I Plan for the Entire Year:
I write out weekly lesson plans for the entire year. I know it sounds like a lot of work but it doesn’t take a long time and is a sanity saver for me. I don’t write specific dates on my weekly plans so that it’s easy to make changes when I need to. I just label them Week 1, Week 2, etc. There are a few things that I use for yearly planning: file folders, hanging folders, plastic storage container.
I load up the file folders with any papers for the week: worksheets, lapbooks, notebooking pages, readers, read alouds and craft supplies. When we sit down for school in the morning I just pull out that week’s folder and get the materials we need for that day. If we are sick or don’t finish something I can easily move the folder to another week.