With the new school year underway, I thought it would be a good time to discuss organization. Homeschooling my three, organization was a challenge. I was lucky to keep up with dinner, housework and the kids let’s not mention getting things organized! So, today I am going to start with curriculum planning.
I found planning school a month at a time worked well for us. I planned out the curriculum for the year, dividing it up into 10 months or “learning record” periods. I did this over the summer when my life wasn’t so hectic. Can you hear my sarcasm? Good. Denial can be your best friend. Back to curriculum… This gave me a lot of time to get it all done. The best part – once I planned my oldest daughter’s curriculum, I was able to tweak it for the other 2 when they got to that grade or subject.
We have the curriculum planned out for the year. Now what? Well I then broke it down into the monthly plan. Once you set up your template for the first month, it is easy to tweak it each month after. I put my form below. Each day the kids would highlight the assignments they completed….Well, that was the goal anyways. It worked pretty well.
If this is totally overwhelming to you, I understand. Really, I do. Another great resource is a homeschooling planner. There are several free ones out on the net. If you are looking to purchase a planner, I would recommend http://www.aplaninplace.net. The planners are easy to use and..wait for it…double as a yearbook!
What are some of your tips for organizing your curriculum?