One of the things I have on my to-do list for the summer is to develop next school year’s lesson plans. In my two years of homeschooling, I have not yet had a master lesson plan made up in advance. However, #2 will start kindergarten in the fall so I think it is time to get a bit more organized. It will help me to have a general idea of what I need for the upcoming week if I have something written down for each subject.
In all my curriculum searches, I have seen many lesson plan books for teachers. Some are for public/private school teachers. Some are geared specifically for homeschooling families – even those with large families.
I’ve taken a look at all the ones I have run across. I wonder if I should purchase one or make my own format? Yes-yes, I know about the ones on the computer. But even though I blog, I really don’t have time to sit in front of the computer and enter all those plans in. My lesson plans are written in pencil while sitting in a lawn chair on our driveway supervising the kids playing. I have to be able to put down the pencil and notebook and referee a disagreement, change a diaper (or two), feed the baby, rescue a child who has gotten into a jam, kiss a boo-boo, or run next to a child who is learning to ride without training wheels. And when I come back from any of those activities, I need to know that even if one of the other kids has gotten to my pencil and notebook, all my work is still there. (Let me translate: I don’t trust my kids and a laptop!)
I asked the veteran homeschoolers in my area what they do. Other than the ones who use Homeschool Tracker (on computer), almost all of them currently use something they have devised themselves. Several said they have tried the ones they bought, but they prefer to make their own as it is easier to customize for their own families. That is probably the route I will go. So, now I just have to decide what it will look like and start work on it.
What do you do for your lesson plans?