Thursday, September 6, 2007

My Lesson Plan Book

For years I tried and tried to find a lesson plan book that worked for us, and while some had things I wanted, most contained things I had no need of (desk arrangement, substitute teacher info., etc.). So, after frustration and disappointment I decided to sit down at the computer and see what I could come up with on my own. The result was the best lesson plan pages I've ever used and ones that work perfectly for me.

I like to have plenty of room to write, so I made each week a two page spread. The subjects go down the far left side, the days of the week go across the top. At the top of the left-hand page I have a line to write what week it is (ex. Sept. 3-7) and another line to write which FIAR and Beyond FIAR books we are working on that week.

I have the kid's names typed in the boxes for subjects they do so all I have to do is write their particular assignments out from their name. As we finish each thing throughout the day I simply put checkmarks with a red pen beside them. That way I can see at a glance how much we've done and how much we have left to do.

On the far right-hand side I have lines to write down what we did that week. This is a way for me to record those little extras that we do, plus it's so neat to go back and read and remember all the things we've done.


Jenny said...

Fantastic! I made my own planner this year as well. Things work so much smoother when you can organize yourself in the way that works for your family.

Tricia said...

That is so very organized!

I too have had to make up my own planner and I have one for each child.

Because us homeschoolers are so diverse, not even a good 'homeschool planner' works well for all of us.

Mine is similar to yours but like I said, I have one page for each child I'm teaching then I take that page and put it in the back of their journal binder so they always know what they have to do.

Love your kitchen school cabinet too. I took over the wine rack in our kitchen. It has lots of baskets with various homeschool things we'll be needing that week. That wine rack holds everything but wine! :o)

We have a 1400 sq ft house with 7 of is in it now. You gotta be creative!