Over the summer I take all the curriculum I bought or accumulated and start planning the school year out. This is a part that I enjoy! First, I figure out how many days and weeks we will have school, which is typically 165 days/38 weeks (Check out ‘How to Plan for Your Home School Year’ article I wrote) Next, I take all the books and separate them into a pile for each girl. I take paper, one page for each girl, and the books and write how many lessons and tests each have.
Then I figure out how many days of the week we will study a particular subject. I try to even out the days so it is about the same amount of subjects each day. This year two of my daughters have ballet during the day, since all students are home schooled. On those day I had to give a lighter load of school since part of the day is taken up with driving and class. On the days nothing extra-curricular is scheduled tend to be the ‘heavier’ school days. After I figure which subjects are which day I type it out on the computer. Yes, I make another chart! I call it the ‘Girls’ Daily Schedule’. Here is an example:
I even marked on the bottom of the chart what time we need to finish with school and lunch on Monday and Thursday to get to ballet on time! That way I don’t have to keep wondering what time we have to leave, etc. As school starts and we go along, subjects will get tweaked a bit to work better for our school week. I may change one subject to another day or add another day to it. Tweaks to make it a more rounded week. When I get the schedule where it looks like it will work for everyone, I then use it to plan my monthly schedule, which you will find information about in my other post of home school planning. I put a copy of it on my computer desk so we can refer to it during the day and I place a copy of it in my binder, on the first page to use during my monthly lesson plans.
If you have any questions on how I did something or need further help, please send me a comment and I will get back to you. I posted another article on ‘How to Plan Your Home School Year’ so check it out. It has more information and pictures. If you have any suggestions or if this helped in any way, please let me know!
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