This School Year Goals and Lesson Planning

When planning this year’s school schedule, I kept in mind it wasn’t going to be a hard and fast schedule.  It is a living, breathing schedule of which I give myself permission to deviate from.  Every year I set a goal for myself when tackling the school year. This year resembles last year but let me show you how it has progressed.

1st year – NO clue what I was doing.  My goal was simple: Teach my kid the basics and survive.
PRO’s: We both survived.  Whew!  CON’s:  I was terrified of homeschooling.

2nd year – 1st grade:  Join a group.  I heard that socialization was a BIG thing the world around me was concerned about.
PRO’s: Hooked up with some great moms with great advice. CONS:  Too social. I scrambled to finish curriculum.

3rd year –  2nd grade and Kinder – My youngest joined our schooling in ernest.  Goal: Organize, stay on track and forget homeschool groups.

PRO’s: I was focused on curriculum and I had a close homeschooling mom that we “socialized” with frequently. CON’S: See PRO’s

4th year – 3rd grade and 1st – Be Organized and stick with it.  Devote special time to my 1st grader and reach out and find Mom’s with boys.
PRO’s:  I’ll let you know, as were heading that way in two weeks.

SO! Part of my organizing goals I am lesson planning. I almost had myself convinced to buy a $65 program.  It was going to plan my LIFE.  Then  I found a free one.  After entering about nine weeks of lessons, just for the 3rd grader, I decided to print the report.  WHA??? Horrible, jumbled weeks, and screwed up columns made it hard for me to follow along.  Sure, I should have printed a sample before 9 WEEKS but I didn’t.

I searched my Pinterest Homeschooling Resource board for pins and found something I had explored last year.  It was an editable Cute Lesson Plan created by Living Laughing and Loving (I wish there was an IOS form).  It was simple, colorful (it had to be pretty. I love eye candy) and FREE!  I am so happy how this is working for me.

Again, a lesson plan is like the back bone for my schooling but I may need to run a child to a doctor’s appoint.  I can pick up where we left off or push it back another day.  Having a lesson plan brings me comfort and helps me stay on task for those days when I lack the desire to teach.  If there is a plan and lessons are pulled it makes it easier to press on.

Do you plan lessons?  What method or planning works for you.