It seems like I cannot get out of the home school mode, so what better time then to start planning for the upcoming school year. I shared some of curriculum choices already, so now I will share how I plan the lessons.
~ Pick curriculum (pretty much done)
~ Look over curriculum to decide what to teach, how much to teach, and how long it will take to go through the book. (working on this) I normally use a couple of tools for this step. One is a three ring binder and another is a lesson plan book that I buy at Staples. In the three ring binder I keep all important papers, calendar, list of curriculum's that we have used and are using, a list of web-sites, and a section for each child detailing the goals for the year. I check these goals in the middle and end of the year. I also keep recipes and other household things, but that's another post all together.
~ Get out a calendar and plan what the school year looks like. I printed a 2009 and 2010 calendar off and marked the days that I already knew we would not be doing school. I also marked starting dates as well as graduation. :o)
~ Once the above is in place, I go through the books again but this time I look for reports and projects. I set up a time for those on the calendar. This has really helped keep me focused as I teach and it helps the kids know what is expected and when.
I don't actually write out things in the assignment book till a week before. I do long term planning, set up goals, and then the short term is actually writing things out. The reason I don't fill the assignment book too early is because, life happens. Some times we don't finish a book or it takes longer then expected, it's okay.
How about you? How do you plan for the school year? I would love to read your comments and ideas.