I tried to do daily or even weekly lesson plans when we were homeschooling (grades 4/5), but I found it was not worth it for us.
What we did do was develop a "learning list" starting around age 6/7, when we were after-schooling, where my child and I wrote down all the big and little goals we had. Then we broke the list down to make real plans, but it was flexible, and changing.
When we switched to full time homeschooling, I tried to do detailed lesson plans in advance, but out of necessity it turned into documenting what we had done as went along. We developed a routine for the homeschool schedule that was basically block scheduling, and I did refer back to the learning list fairly regularly. Some of those goals were written up on index cards, and fleshed out as needed.
I put together a pocket organizer with:
Photocopies of the table of contents of each textbook used
A log of books read (I was able to track a lot of this by using library lending records)
Several grade levels of detailed curriculum guides downloaded from our school district's website (not to follow precisely, but to have as a reference tool of sorts)
Schedules of various programs (museum classes, dance lessons, library programming, etc)
Records of test scores and awards won
We might homeschool highschool, if the kid does not get into one of their preferred schools. In that case, I WILL do more lesson planning, as we will need to be more focused, at least for grade 9/10.
Edited by slackermom, 24 June 2017 - 02:20 PM.