|Mon. 6/12||Read chapter 4, complete questions 2-14, do assessment at the end of the chapter|
|Fri. 3/18||Practice letter “r”, make a list of red things, cook ravioli for lunch, color with red crayons|
|Tues. 12/10||Take quiz #17, time with stopwatch, check your answers|
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The idea of “lesson plans” may come from traditional classrooms, but lots of homeschool families benefit by using lesson plans, too! The good news is that lesson plans for homeschooling don’t need to be nearly as detailed as the ones used in schools (unless you want them to). The even better news is that customized lessons plans offer even greater organization and peace of mind, since they’re tailored to the specific family using them.
There are no hard and fast rules for creating lesson plans for homeschooling — every family should put their own personal spin on the process. For instance, some parents create very detailed lists of topics and dates on which every topic will be addressed, accompanied by the readings or written projects to go with them. Others merely photocopy the table of contents from books and resources, write dates next to each, and check off chapters as they are completed.
Today, many homeschool products come with a scope & sequence and plus detailed lesson plans (even scripts for parents!) within the product, making the process easier still.
No matter how homeschoolers choose to create & use lesson plans, these plans offer the chance for families to think — in advance – about which concepts, skills, ideas and practical activities – to focus on each day. Although sticking to lesson plans is always optional, many parents enjoy the sense of peace it gives them, knowing they possess a general guide for what their students will be doing all year.
Creating lesson plans isn’t hard. These general steps may be helpful for families who want to create their own!
Creating Homeschool Lesson Plans — The Easy Way!
1. Begin by laying out all of the materials you think could be used to teach a course or learn a specific skill. These can be books, worktexts, board games, DVDs, software, links to online courses, toys, kits, names of web sites, or anything at all.
2. Once all materials have been identified, spend some time looking through every book or resource to get a general idea of what is required, how each could be used, and how long each might take to finish. Once familiar with the resources, keep the ones you’ll most likely use, and put away the rest.
3. Using paper & pencil and a calendar, plot out a course of action for the year (or month or semester) Figure out how much work to assign every day or week. Use the number of lessons/units/chapters as a guide. Assign page numbers or projects. Or, identify individual ideas to cover daily/weekly.
4. Review the list by thinking about the goals of the class and the abilities of the student who will be performing the lessons. Make any changes that are needed (keeping in mind it can always be tweaked as you move throughout the year).
5. Type or neatly re-copy the list and hang it where you and your student can see it daily. For non-readers, you can also add visuals (drawings, stickers, illustrations) to make following the plans easier and more fun.
For very detailed information about creating lessons plans, printable forms, and valuable tips about the process all along the way, take a look at THIS E-BOOK. And, always remember, lesson plans (in most cases) are optional for homeschoolers, and should be there to help — never hinder – the process of learning at home.