Homeschool Planning: How I Plan Out Our Homeschool Year

We’re 3 days into our first grade year!¬† So far, so good!

(The Princess even surprised us by losing her first tooth today ūüôā¬† We almost thought she’d eaten it, but thankfully I found it next to her hamburger, lol.)

Anyway, I thought I’d share with you how I go about planning out our homeschool year….

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Everyone plans differently.  Some prefer paper, while others prefer to plan electronically.  Me?  I do both!

I start with my computer and make an overview of our entire year.¬† (Yes, even technology-challenged me can do this!)¬† Here’s how:

  • Open an Excel document.
  • Down the left-hand side I enter all of the subjects we want to cover for the year.¬† Across the top, I fill in the week #.¬† Next line down goes the day of the week.¬† Next line down is for the actual date.¬† Finally, one more line down, is the number¬†of¬†the day of school we’re on (in our state it’s mandatory to attend 180 days of school so I like to keep track of that.)¬†¬†Oh, and below that, I highlight a row to fill in any holidays.
  • Between each week, I leave a column where I repeat the subjects, and fill it in with a color so that I can easily see the break for each week.

It looks like this:

 

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*Just a note, the pink highlight is the break between weeks.¬† The yellow is only there because school has already started for us now and that’s how I keep track of what we’ve done, filling it in with color to mark it as completed.

 

All I have to do then is fill in an overview of what we’ll be doing each day for the entire year. Yes, really!¬† Hear me out; it’s not as difficult as it sounds.¬† Now, this isn’t the time to look and see that on Friday, January 8th we’ll be building a model of the Eiffel Tower made completely from cheese. No. Rather, it’s just a very general overview. For example, our geography book this year just happens to have 36 weeks worth of lessons, so, in my computer overview schedule I just write that we’re covering week one’s lessons in the week one spots.

Some things don’t work out so nicely like that and you have to do a little bit of math to figure out how to schedule them. Most everything I’ve used, though, has been 36 weeks or thereabouts, so it hasn’t been too much of a pain.

When my yearly overview is done, I wait. Yep. I wait until it’s nearly time for school to start, and then I fill in my first week’s lesson plan. This is the time that I take a closer look at what we’ll need for each lesson and what it is we’ll be covering. I fill it all into my handy-dandy planner:

A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner, by Mardel

A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner, by Mardel

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I only¬†plan one week at a time this way.¬† My yearly overview has made this so simple to do now.¬† I just check the computer to see what I need to fill in for each day.¬† Then, I look at each subject individually to see if I need to gather any extras and also to make sure I understand what it is I’ll be teaching!¬† (So far for kindergarten and now first grade this hasn’t been too difficult–thankfully, lol.)¬† Any extras and any appointments we have that week are written down in the margin on the right-hand side of the page, and I also make a special note at the bottom of that day’s date.

As we go through the day and complete items, I color-fill the blocks on my computer and mark them off in my paper planner.¬† (Yes, I do both…I’m a better-safe-than-sorry kinda¬†girl and I do it *just in case* something awful would happen to my laptop.¬† Just in case.)

And that’s pretty much it!¬† Pretty simple, and other than a little bit of time to figure out the yearly overview, it makes our homeschool planning a breeze!

Hopefully it will be helpful to someone else out there ūüôā¬† If you have any questions or would like to share how you do your homeschool planning, please comment below!¬† I’d love to hear from you!

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