We are now starting our 7th week of homeschooling for the year, and I feel like we are finally settling in and getting in the groove. I tried a slightly different way of planning this year, and I’m really loving it! I wanted to share what is working for us right now.
First, I looked on YouTube and Pinterest for some ideas of how others were planning, and I found a fantastic idea from Raising Clovers. I tweaked it slightly and chose to plan out our lessons for the entire year before we even began! This seems (and is) a little intimidating, but now that I’ve done it I can attest that it is a FANTASTIC idea!
I took all of our workbooks apart and separated them into subject, and then divided them into weeks. I planned for 36 weeks, mainly because we were using an English curriculum that was set out on a 36 week schedule. Then, after I was surrounded by 36 piles, I filed each pile. To keep things in order, I had ordered color coded file folders-red for my preschooler, purple for my kindergartener, and orange for my first grader. Each week of folders went into one of 36 hanging folders. Like I said above, I got this idea from a YouTube video from Raising Clovers, so go there if you want the details on how this system works.
All in all, to lay out the workbooks, divide them up, label the file folders, and put everything where it belonged, took me around 4 hours. I did it while watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, so it was relatively painless. The time that it has saved me so far this year is amazing!