It’s already that time of the year again. School supplies are abundant everywhere you turn. Aisles and aisles of notebooks, backpacks and pencils. If you’re a homeschool parent, it’s also the time to start creating a school year lesson plan for your school year ahead!
Creating a School Year Lesson Plan Schedule
To help you in creating a school year lesson plan that works for your family, here are a few things you need to do to plan for a year that you’ll be really excited about getting into.
Set your goals for the year
Goals are an important factor in achieving success. If you don’t set goals, you won’t have any way of knowing if you’ve accomplished everything you needed to. Have you clearly defined your educational goals for the year? What do you want to make sure your children learn by the end of the year?
It doesn’t matter if your child is in kindergarten or high school, knowing where you need to go is critical. So don’t skip this step, it’s the most important. Write down your goals and post them somewhere visible so you can see them often and stay focused.
Evaluate last year
If you homeschooled your child last year, go back and review the goals you set, take a look at what went well and what you need to improve on. Did you reach your goals? Is there an activity that you need to be improving? How about something that needs to be removed altogether? Do you feel that anything was missing? What can you do or change to improve on your goals this year?
Set your annual schedule
Use an annual calendar to plan your school year, including breaks and holidays. Most states require a minimum number of days for homeschooling. Planning your calendar ahead of time will help you to make sure you get all your required days and still take the summer off.
Schedule a day to plan
There are so many details that have to be worked out for your school year. Doing some advance planning will help you have a more successful year. Set aside a whole day to focus on planning out your year. Determine the program that you will teach, what tools you’ll need, and how many hours per day you’ll spend teaching. You will not be sorry you set this time aside to get yourself prepared.
Plan the curriculum
Plan out the courses you will teach and the order in which you will teach them. Also, know your teaching style. How will you teach these courses? This will make it easier to plan your lessons as you go through the year and it will keep you on track to reach your goals.
Now that you have the big picture planned, it will be so much easier to do your weekly planning and reach your goals by the end of the year.