There have been lots of questions lately about how we schedule our homeschool day. With 6 kids schooling at home now it could be rather hectic, but its not. The grades I am leading this year are: 11th, 9th, 7th, 5th, 1st, and 1 is a freshman in college.
Here is how we do it, both ways…
Most of the calmness comes from my planning for the year in the summer. I make up a plan of study for each child before school begins and then use that to set up a hanging folder with the work I will require of them each month for the year.
If you have been following this blog then you may remember the post about how I plan out my year. Here is a link to that post.
That truly helps when I am getting the papers reading to go into the hanging folders.
Handling Paperwork to Send to the State…
Using the plans of study that I created for the state office, I collect all the papers I will have them do for the year in… let’s try MATH for an example.
If I was going to have my 1st grader to the following topics for the year:
- Beginning Addition
- Subtraction Facts
Then I would print up a page for each of these topics from the internet. I would collect each one of these pages and put a paperclip on them and put them in that childs hanging folder.
On the counting worksheet I would write September, and write October on the Basic addition worksheet, November on the Subtraction facts worksheet, December in the Measurement worksheet, and January on the Money worksheet.
When the month of December comes my 1st grader will do the Measurement worksheet (along with the worksheets for each of the other subject areas).
Each of the subject areas also have packets of pages printed up for them and I just have the children do the collection of pages that say December during the month of December.
This was I would have pages dated from throughout the year that correspond directly to the list of topic I stated I would do this year.
What do I do the rest of the month?
So when planning out my actual year for what the children will do from day to day my planning is different.
I still have the different subject areas and lets stick with MATH again just to keep things simple. We will also stay with the discussion of my First grader.
So, my First grader has done her packet for the month of December and now has the rest of the month do work on what?
During the summer I looked at what she had accomplished in her previous years math book and found that she was just under halfway through it. (In her case she had started the 1st grade ABeka Arithmetic book during her Kindergarten year so I had not planned on her being able to finish it.)
I know I want her to continue working on this workbook to completion. She has about 200 pages left. I plan on her doing about 20 pages a month to complete the book by the spring.
On my notes for her schoolwork I write: Math 20 pages a month
If she did not do well in math I would have her do less, but she loves math, math comes easy to her, and she loves working in workbooks. So, the plan stands.
What about an older child or one that has a tough time in Math…
Lets take another child. This child does not find that math comes as easy to him. He did not finish his 6th grade math book last year. This year the goal for him was to finish that book and then start the 7th grade book.
This would normally mean doing about 5 lessons a week but it takes him longer to complete a lesson due to math being not a subject he finds easy. So for him I have him do 3-4 lessons a week but sometimes less if he seems to be having a difficult time.
We use Saxon math for the older children and the 1st grader will eventually be doing Saxon math also. My 7th grader is working through Saxon 6/5 right now and thankfully is almost finished. (affiliate link)
So on his plan I wrote: Finish Saxon 6/5 start Saxon 7/6 try to get to lesson 60 (which is halfway through the book). For him no number of lessons are listed but maybe this year math will click with him and he will whizz right through the book, you never know.
For me it’s not that they finish a certain book in a certain year, but that the child understands the material. He will make it into Algebra 2 and complete it but it may just take a while.
Hoping that was a bit helpful. It really is just taking the child from where they are and looking ahead to see what you think they are able to accomplish in a year and writing it down. Around the middle of the year, evaluate and see, is your child going to accomplish what you have on your list. If not, was your list to huge or is the child having trouble with a concept and you should slow down for a bit.