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  1. Hello all, so glad to see that this is such an active forum! I am a HS mom of 3 ages 9, 6 and 3. I am going about things a bit differently this year and trying to have a more CM focus still using my Classical conversations materials as memory work. I am having a hard time making a schedule / time slot for all that is suggested in ambleside online or Easy Homeschooling. Wondering if anyone has a good suggestion for a day plan for teaching a 3rd and 1st grader. Any printable planners out there that you just love that are dummy proof and don't have a lot of spaces you end up not filling in or using? Any suggestions would be great. I really feel like I'm winging it this year and I don't want to provide a substandard education because of my lack of ability to figure out how to "plan" Thanks in advance!:grouphug:
  2. So I have seen the threads here about "done with planning", and similiar threads on other HSing forums I visit. Threads about what planners to buy, where to buy them, etc etc etc. I'm sitting here thinking "What am I missing?!?!:confused:". What are you planning? Why are you doing it for "first semester", etc? Doesn't your curriculum come with Teachers Guides, etc? How difficult can it be? Do one lesson, and then move on to the next...right? I don't normally plan full semesters in advance. Most of my curriculum is open and go. A few things we have done, say Apologia Elementary science books, I did need to count chapters to get a rough idea of how many weeks it would take us if we did one week vs two weeks per chapter...so basic things like that. Or knowing we are going on a vacation in a month or so, so checking to see where we would be in curriculum at that point, so make sure we stop at a good point. I get basic supply planning, like making sure art supplies/science etc are on hand. But what I don't get is the whole "I've planned the first 12 weeks" type statements. Let me say that I am organized, and even known as "anal about organization" by certain family members. I use the basic HST software. But I just sit down each Sunday night and input what we will do that week. Certain things, I might even load in for a couple of weeks at a time if I have to make my own plans, like Apologia (how many pages to read each day, what other activities to add to it). But for the most, it's like, just do the next lesson in the book. By just doing one-two weeks at a time, I can adjust our schedule for last minute field trips, Dr's appts, random days off, whatever life brings. What happens to your 12 week plan when life events throw it off? What happens when your child didn't "get" today's lesson, say Math, and you are going to need to stop and spend an extra day or two on that topic? I have alot of plans in my head. For example, I know in my head which subjects we will do every day, and which we will do a few times a week. That gets incorporated into my weekly plan that I input on Sunday nights. So yeah, I GET some planning, but what I am scratching my head about is the 12 weeks of planning in advance, or even the WHOLE school year planned. I know PS teachers have to do this.....but why do you do it?
  3. Ok, I posted this in the filing system thread but thought i would make a new thread for this question to get more responses. For those of you that schedule out the entire year, or even a few weeks or whatever at a time, how do you schedule subjects that you arent sure how many pages to do? I am trying to set up a basic MM schedule for DD but I have no clue how much she will be abe to do in a day/week. I divided up the number of pages/quizzes/and tests by 36 weeks and have a number in mind, but I have no idea if that will work out ok. So for you planners...do you think I should just leave MM to the side and see how she does the first few weeks so I have a better idea of fast we will go OR do you think I should file it all out according to my idea of what we need to do weekly and then adjust as needed? Just wanted to see what worked or didnt work for you. thanks!!! *I really need as much planned as possible for my first year, even if I have to adjust like crazy. I will be babysitting 2 babies and HS'ing my 2. So any suggestions on what you think the easiest route would be would be awesome*
  4. I would love to see everyone's homemade blank weekly lesson plan forms. I have seached the internet for some, and just can't find anything that strikes me. So I thought it would be neat if we all shared forms we have created here. Here is one I created for pre-school/Kindergarten. It is supposed to have boxes for M-F but it didn't load that part. Michelle
  5. Who here really plans their year? Do you plan the whole year or in chunks? Do you make all the copies of stuff you'll need at one time? Do you buy any supplies you'll need before your year? How do you decide what you will cover? Do you do a goal type thing? Do you use a planner, paper, online? Basically I am looking for ideas and any would be welcome I am so tired of the unorganized what will we do this week situation I am dealing with. Yes I kinda have an idea on what I want to do but opinions from those who do this type of thing would be very helpful. Thanks
  6. I feel like I'm surrounded by super cool things that we could be doing, if only I pulled myself together enough to plan ahead and utilize the resources I have on hand. Instead, it's more like I have lots of cool stuff and great ideas and while I'm starting to plug some of that in I come across more cool stuff and great ideas, and then I start to plug some of that in and... You get the idea. Now here I am, with a house full of resources and a desire to plan to use more of them. I'm pretty set on using a modified workbox approach (file folders) to help with the day-to-day inclusion of cool stuff, but I seem to be stuck with the actual long-range planning aspect. How do you tackle planning? How far in advance? What resources do you use? I guess I'm not looking for a hardcore we must do this now plan as much as an organizational jump-start. Inspire me?
  7. Has anyone seen the corresponding student agendas? There's one for middle-school and one for high school. Any reviews on these would be greatly appreciated! For those that bought The Well Planned Day last year, do you still like it after all these months? Did it live up to the hype? I sooo wanted to buy one but already had printed off schedule sheets so I held myself back. Now I'm looking at them for next school year. So what are your likes/dislikes about it? If you bought it, will you be buying it again? Why or why not?
  8. Hi! I'm not really a planner by temperament, but it seems like we stay on track better when I plan our lessons beforehand. So I finally bit the bullet last weekend and planned a week's worth of lessons. The kids got sick on Monday and stayed sick all week, and we did no school. This got me thinking, what if they had been only a little bit sick, and we did some of our plan? Do I just rewrite everything we didn't do in my planner for next week? Draw a million arrows? What if they're sick for two days? Draw a bunch of arrows until I run out of planned activities? This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to give up on planning, but I think it would be good if I can figure it out. Thanks! Heidi
  9. Anyone else? I see all this planning going on and it's making me nervous. I just ordered our curriculum. This is our most academically minded year yet. I've been thinking about how to plan for weeks. But, it just bogs me down. I finally decided on using 36 sheets of graph paper to outline my weeks, list supplies, make notes, keep track of reading lists....
  10. This is a general plan for our upcoming year. Naturally not everything will be done every day (e.g., science is only twice a week). Thanks for looking and I welcome and thoughts or feedback! :bigear: PS - I made the font small b/c it's a long list (given that there are four children), but it's also on my blog if you need a bigger font...) 4th Grader Math Mammoth (Multiplication 1, Division 1 & 4th complete) Writing Tales (when finished we'll do Igniting Your Writing) Journal writing - although they write in their journals whenever they want, once a week I do a structured write Exercises in English (grammar) - notebook the rules Spelling - notebook any mistakes from own work Vocabulary - notebook words from reading that are new (required to do 3 per week) English from the Roots Up (**after much research, I've decided to drop Latin as a language until about 7th grade and use this in the meantime) McGuffey's 4 (even though she's a great reader, I think a daily dose of oral reading is helpful) - narration if wanted Literature and Reading - I pull most of her lit. books from the time period we're studying, but not all; some are from other reading lists - I try to get a variety; she then notebooks her assigned book (additional books don't have to be notebooked) and we discuss; I also read a variety of books to the girls and this is part of the literature study I combine this child with the next in history & science: Story of the World 3 & Usborne IL Encyclopedia- we do narration & drawing, mapwork, a hands-on project, extra reading REAL Science Structured nature study once per week I combine all four girls in Art and Music (at their own levels): Art - Great Artists (project and notebook page for each artist - we'll cover 20 -30 this year) plus we sketch a ton for the notebooking pages Music - Monthly composer study that I pull together (I try to keep it simple - read the bio one week, listen to the music, draw/write a reaction to a piece, learn about a key instrument from the time, etc.) & Piano lessons 2nd/3rd Grader Math Mammoth Explode the Code (this year will be books 6, 7 and 8) finish Phonics Pathways (with occassional copywork) Daily oral reading from McGuffey's and Aesop's Fables (I alternate) - notebook narration 1- 2 times per week Spelling - from her own mistakes (same as above) - no formal vocabulary First Language Lessons Handwriting Without Tears - cursive Writing program - undecided - still not sure if we'll do formal writing this year or hold off; leaning towards holding off Journal writing - same as above Literature / reading - same as above but on her own reading level History -Story of the World 3 - same as above Science - REAL Science - same as above Art - same as above Music - same as above except violin lessons 1st Grader Math Mammoth Explode the Code (books 3, 4, 5) Phonics Pathways (with copywork) Daily oral reading from McGuffey's and Aesop's Fables (same as above - though the older child is farther along) Handwriting Without Tears - continue printing First Language Lessons Spelling - same as above no formal writing program Journal writing - same as above Reading & Literature - books she can read from history, easy chapter books, and the books I read aloud as part of our literature study - she can notebook 1 - 2 books per week (1 is required) at her own level I combine the younger two for History and Science: History - Story of the World 1 & Usborne encyclopedia - do narration/drawing, mapwork, coloring and hands-on project Science - living books, I have several books of easy experiments - we will try to do a notebook page or two a week Nature study as above Art- as above Music - as above with piano lessons Kinder No formal math - work with real life math - notebook key ideas Explode the Code (1, 2, 2 1/2 - as far as she gets - she's not a seatwork kinda gal but she likes to 'do school, too') Oral Reading from McGuffey's and lots and lots and LOTS of readers - she loves this Hooked on Phonics (she wants this; it's not my 'usual' - it was a gift so we'll give it a go) Handwriting without Tears Literature & Reading - basically the same as the 1st grader, but at her own level and participate in literature studies as she can/wants History - as above Science - as above Art - as above Music - as above, no formal lessons - I will teach her the basics of the recorder if she wants/has interest
  11. Wow, I cannot believe I have a 6th grader! Just yesterday I was going through the origional WTM drooling over various grades and stages and now, well, I digress. Anyway, I am trying to put together my year and it seems lacking. Am I missing anything? First, we are doing Classical Conversations, Foundations and Essentials. So her subjects look like this: Memory/oral work-CC material and any Bible verses. Math -I am giving her a placement test for Singapore. Vocab -Vocabulary from Classical Roots (I think that is the title) Grammar - Essentials of the English Language Bible - Not sure yet, may work with Character with Polished Cornerstones History - Using a combo of SOTW vol 2/Kingfisher/Miller books Science - Apologia Astronomy and Usborne Earth Science Health - Prudence and the Millers Latin - finish Latina Christiana (not sure what to do next) I plan on enrolling in a homeschool PE program. Geography will be covered both in history and CC. She has completed the R&S penmanship program with flying colors and is independently working on the Spencerian writing system. We went through the Spelling Workout Series through E and she really is a natural speller (unlike me if you read any of my posts. :tongue_smilie:) So I will expect her to spell her vocab words properly and we have Webster's Blue Back Speller if she needs it. I need some more informal logic I suppose, but she still has a basic skills book to work through from the Critical Thinking Company and a book of logic problems as well. She will be using IEW for Essentials in CC so along with narrations and outlines, her writing should be covered as well. So, am I missing something? Like I said, I can't put my finger on it, but it just seems as it something has been left out. Hmmmm
  12. What all should I include? I have a few books and sheets here that I love, but not all of them are put together to make it workable. I love so many sheets and parts of other books, just not one as a whole. So, I decided to pick and choose from what I have and put it all together. Then get is spiral bound. I want this to be a record of lesson plans, schedules, attendance, grades, curriculum used, goals, evaluation sheets, everything. So, if something ever happened that questioned our schooling I will have a record of it. So, what would you use/ include in this if you were making it? What sheets or forms should I make sure make it into this? I plan on making one for each year. I was think that I would include a couple pocket sheets in it to hold loose papers like the letter of intent to the school board and stuff like that. Should I copy off the scope and sequence at the beginning of the books? I was thinking this would cover the "what info was covered" part of the book. Any help would be great.
  13. What is your favorite resource for planning? Do you have a favorite planning book that you use? I think I would prefer something on paper vs. computer. I think part of the reason I don't like open and go curriculums is because they are "open and go". I don't know what is coming next unless I sit down and read through it myself before doing it with the children. Thus, partly defeating the "open and go" of it :). Does that make sense to anyone???
  14. I am planning on using Real Science 4-Kids this coming year for my 2nd and 4th graders. Can anyone tell me how you break up the lessons for an entire year of study (summer 09 to summer 10)? I was thinking about covering chemistry, physics and biology I. About how many lessons per week would that be? Do you do the lab work/experiments on the same day you read? About how long will it take to cover a chapter? Any other info you think would be handy. Also I was going to buy the teacher's manual, student text and lab workbook for each subject area, is there anything else I'm missing? I saw they have some literature connection books, are these necessary? Are there experiment kits, or do they use household items?
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