Your Lesson Plan Book

In your lesson plan book, record descriptions of lesson plans for each day of the week. Write plans and activities to cover four weeks in a row, and you'll have your homeschool agenda planned for an entire month. This record of daily lesson plans serves as a timesaving map that will keep your family pointed in the right direction all year long so that you can, indeed, reach your goals.

It's not necessary to purchase a formal teacher's plan book. You can create your own with notebook paper or copy paper. Using a ruler, divide the sheets of paper into columns, headed with the days of the week. Two sheets of paper, face up, provide adequate room for listing schooldays from Monday through Friday. Along the side of one sheet, list the subjects, such as math, language arts, social studies, science, and so on. Allow space for notes on special activities, goals, or field trips you may have planned for the week.

I'm running out of lesson plan ideas. What do I do?

For quick lesson plan ideas, look through homeschool supply catalogs and homeschool magazines, check lesson plan sites on the Internet, or browse the shelves of a nearby teacher supply store. For weekly lesson plans throughout the homeschool year, visit www.Everything Homeschooling.com.

Make several copies of this template, and simply fill in the blanks for each day of the week. If there's a format that works better for your home-school style, feel free to use it. Then place your lesson plan sheets into a three-ring binder or folder, and you have your lesson plan book.

Creating Lesson Plans

Saturday or Sunday afternoons are often a favorite time to create lesson plans for the upcoming week. Most of the week's work has been completed, and the kids are usually playing contentedly in the bedroom or backyard, or spending time with Dad or with friends. You can relax in the living room or at the dining table and spread out your notebooks and your thoughts as you contemplate the week ahead.

You've already established your goals for the year, and you've created your short-term goals regarding the subjects you plan to cover. Consequently, you know what topics you'll want to cover in the upcoming week. You consult your stack of library books or look over the “Typical Course of Study” guidelines, and begin jotting brief descriptions of lesson plans for each subject in your lesson plan book.

Depending on how much preparation has gone into your homeschool goals and how organized you are, writing up a week's lesson plans can take an hour or two. Therefore, writing up lesson plans for an entire month may require a few extra hours out of your afternoon. This may sound like a lot, but many homeschool moms find it an enjoyable and inspiring way to spend an afternoon.

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