If you homeschool, you know not one week is ever the same. A well planned week does not always guarantee you a week that flows as perfectly as your plans. On the flip side, the plan may work well one week and completely fall apart the next. That is just homeschooling. It does not matter if this is your first year of homeschooling or you have been homeschooling for several years, having a plan can make the school week easier.
Each school week is an opportunity to start new. It does not matter how well (or poorly) the previous week flowed. Following these simple steps before your week begins will help those days be organized and a little more predictable.
Decide what you will teach each day
Believe it or not, you do not have to teach every subject to your child every day. Prioritize the subjects based on the age/grade and/or ability of your child. Math and language arts are two subjects you will probably want to include in your education plan and then add at least two other subjects.
HLA requires a minimum of four courses to be covered in kindergarten through eighth grade.
In high school, that will increase, because of the graduation requirements students must meet. Once you determine the courses you will teach, it will be easier to determine the frequency to cover them each week. Keep in mind you want to complete the grade level work within the 180 days of required school.
Make a schedule
When someone suggests you make a schedule, that may sound similar to you when someone suggests you make a budget. Both sound limiting in your freedom, but it is the opposite and both provide great direction in the decisions you make. As a homeschooler, you need one. You are chasing learning as well as trying to deal with life. Both of those instances can easily lead you away from your plans. Schedules are your road map for your school week. Yes, there may be an occasional detour, but having a schedule will make it easier to get back on track.
Many curricula publishers include materials list with its curriculum. Along with noting the number of pages to cover in the text or workbook, a supply list is often available. That allows you to collect the items needed to complete the daily lessons. If one is not available, take the time to read through the text to determine what supplies will be needed to complete the weekly lessons. Some items may be readily available at home, at your local store to purchase or may need to be ordered.
Depending on the number of items needed, you can store them in a plastic storage bag or in the drawers of a rolling cart.
Having them ready and available before the school week begins will prevent you from having to skip lessons or postpone learning, because you do not have all of the supplies.
You create lesson plans for the weeks and months you are educating your child. The best way to ensure those goals are met is to share those plans with them. Schedule some time with your child the day before the school week begins and discuss the assignments in their lesson plan. That time together will give you an opportunity to set the guidelines and give them a chance to share any concerns they may have regarding their work. If they know what is expected of them, the work may actually get done; sometimes faster and with diligence.
Set aside some time at the end of the school week for you and your child to discuss their completed (and incomplete, if any) assignments. They will be able to share their accomplishments as well as any issues or challenges they experienced with their school work. If you have a younger child, you will probably already know their progress. If they are older or more independent with their work, this meeting time will be valuable. What you learn during that time will help you determine what subjects or areas of study may need more (or less) concentration the following week and what to teach each day.
Monday morning ritual
Sunday may be the first day of the week, but most school weeks begin on a Monday. Make the first day of the school week special with a fun ritual that everyone looks forward to before the books are open. Begin the school week with an interest-led activity.
The creative juices and excitement brought on from doing something your child enjoys could flow into the next – a subject they may not enjoy doing as well.
Some people need coffee to jump-start their day while others just need to do something they enjoy. This idea also works well for the end of the week and may motivate your child to work towards that goal.
What tips do you have to share that help you have an easier school week?
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