September 2015

How I Plan my School Year

 

 I can achieve a lot more during the school year with a lot less stress if I spend a little time planning early on. Some time during the summer I plan out my school year: What subjects I want to teach, how I want to teach them, when I'm going to teach them, etc. It can be overwhelming to know where to start, so here is how I break it down into simple steps that aren't so overwhelming.

Back to school Free Photo

 

1. Write out average schedule for average day of the week, noting any available time for school time (I usually do this in a spreadsheet on the computer).

 

07:00 AM

Wake Up

08:00 AM

Breakfast/Devotions

08:30 AM

Chores

09:00 AM

School

09:30 AM

School

10:00 AM

Feed baby

10:30 AM

School

 

2. Duplicate for every day of the week and note differences for particular days.

 

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

09:00 AM

School

School

Errands

 

3. On a separate paper (again I usually use a spreadsheet) write out subjects to teach (legally required plus personal preference) - Reading, Writing, Math, Spanish, Religion, etc.

 

4. Decide what I want to teach for each subject and how often.

 

Writing

Handwriting – Copy work

weekly

 

Language – A Beka God's Gift of Language C

daily

 

English from the Roots Up

daily

 

Typing – Mavis Beacon

weekly

Fine Arts

Art – A Beka Art B

weekly

 

Music – Songs We Enjoy 3, Hymnal

weekly

 

Music – Guitar

daily

Math

A Beka Arithmetic 6

daily

Science

Apologia Exploring Creation with Chem/Botany

daily

Health

A Beka Choosing Good Health (6th grade)

weekly



5. Fill in school subjects during school time for every day of the week.

 

 

Mon

Tue

08:00 AM

Bible

Bible

   

09:00 AM

Pledge

 
 

Computer

Reading

09:30 AM

Math

Math

10:00 AM

Science

Health




6. If multiple kids, repeat steps 3-5 for each kid. I even make a schedule for my toddler and preschooler so I have a plan for what they will be doing when I need to work with my older kids in a quiet environment (For example play with sibling, nap, etc.). I usually start my scheduling with the youngest child because they are the most inflexible. This may take some tweaking to coordinate all their schedules. At 10am they may all do science together. But at 9am I may be doing one-on-one reading time with my kindergartener, so my older kids may be doing self reading or computer time at that hour.

 

When I am done, I have a detailed list for each child of what I plan for them to be doing for each subject (Steps 3 and 4). and a spreadsheet for each child of what subject I plan for them to be studying at what time (Steps 1,2 and 5). This is only a guideline. Obviously messy toddlers and crying babies alter the schedule regularly, but it gives me a plan to help everybody make the most of our time and to coordinate when I plan to do group work and when each child can have time on the computer and how I can plan to give each child their needed Mommy time. The more kids I have the more essential a schedule becomes to me to get anything done.