Monday, August 22, 2011
Planning our year
I decided to write a post about how I'm organizing my planning for our first year of homeschool. I'm sure as time goes on, I'll tweak this a bunch, but this is what I'm using to start.
I've made a binder that holds several forms and planning sheets. It will be my "bible" for everything important in one place. In it I have an attendance sheet for each boy. I found these at Homeschool Launch. Next is a section with monthly calendar sheets. This is where I can write extracurricular activities such as piano lessons, soccer, etc. Following the calendar sheets are weekly planning lists. I have a separate lesson plan book that my cousin gave me for free that I am using to write our day to day plans. These planning sheets will serve as a to-do list for things I need to copy, prepare, and gather for each homeschool week. I tend to write to-do lists on little scraps of paper, anything I can find, and leave them all over the place. So I know I will benefit from having these sheets in the binder where I can always find them!! The monthly calendar sheets and weekly planning lists are both from Mama-Jenn.
Next, I have a Books I've Read sheet for each boy, also found at Homeschool Launch. (Note: You'll have to scroll down quite a bit; it's under the "Organization" heading.) This will be a nice place to keep track of what they read independently throughout the year.
Then I have a section with sight words lists for my first grader. I have both the kindergarten and first grade lists from our local school district. Next up are some spreadsheets I made to keep track of the Right Start math lessons for each boy. When we complete a lesson, I'll check it off and add the date we finished with any additional notes.
At the end of the binder I have a list of "independent choices" for each of my sons. I think this will be useful for me to refer to either when planning for the week or to pull out during the week as needed to remind me what I can give one to do while I help the other one. I am planning to write a separate post listing some of the choices on this list. Many of the ideas are ones I've found on Pinterest this summer.
In the front pocket of the binder I have a menu-planning list to help keep me on-track with planning healthy meals each week. I'll probably share about that in a future post too.
I'd love to hear from the rest of you about how you organize everything. Leave me a comment if you have a great planning resource.