After the process of scheduling your homeschool calendar, it’s important to begin creating your monthly planning calendar. Breaking down your homeschool planning calendar even further we will take a look at the homeschool schedule on the weekly level. Something to keep in mind right away is to ask yourself what other activities are planned during the week. This could include sports, music lessons, church, co-op classes, you name it! Homeschool families tend to keep a very busy schedule. A weekly planning calendar will go a long way in making sure you and your family do not miss out on fun and important events as well as learning achievement!
Standard Lesson Plans
Using this method for weekly homeschool planning is probably the most common way to do your planning calendar. The simplicity of this is that you can buy a planning calendar at any office supply store. Amazon is also a great place to look with planners like this Sanity Saver Homeschool Planner. This particular planner includes beautifully designed full-color pages with a weekly spread, plus almost every document you could need for homeschool planning. Take what subjects will be done and just insert them in your plans, filling in the blocks. There may be some subjects you do daily, biweekly, or even three times a week. Just fill in the blocks with the assignments and necessary notes to start planning! These types of lesson plans can also be done digitally with Organizational Tools for Lesson Planning.
Another way to do your weekly homeschool planning is with a loop schedule. This is basically a list of assignments or subjects that your student works through in a certain amount of time. When the scheduled time is up they stop. When they start back working about they begin where they left off. Once they complete the list they go back up to the top and repeat again making a loop. This technique can be used for all of your subjects or a specific group of subjects. It is good for simplifying things as it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, students just continue where they left off. It’s a good way to include some fun into the day by adding extracurricular into their schedule like these unit study ideas:
A block schedule is another possible way to do your weekly planning calendar. This technique uses blocks of time to focus on each specific subject. For some, this might mean doing just one subject for the whole day rather than over the whole week. It’s a good idea to keep other outside activities in mind when deciding on a subject for that day. Sometimes it is also used for a term or quarter but it can also work for weekly planning. An example of a short block would be to focus on one subject for a full week and the next week focusing on a different subject. This planning calendar works great for families that like to dive deep into a subject.
Weekly Planning Calendar Checklist
Another simple method for homeschool planning that is still very efficient is a simple checklist. What do you need? A notebook, that’s it or maybe some homeschool planning printables! Now how fancy that notebook is or how colorful your writing implements are is up to you. Make it fun! Each week you write down the assignments and let your high school student check them off as they are completed. It would even be a good idea to get your students involved by sitting down and having them responsible for the list and what they must do each week.
Is There Anything You Have Forgotten?
Now will be the time that you get down to the daily planning template. Although this will be some very specific planning do not forget to remain flexible. As we all know, things can change very easily from day to day, but with daily planning tips, you can do your best to stay on track for a successful homeschool day!
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