There are four things that I take VERY seriously…Jesus, my family, coffee and homeschool.
My husband says I have selective OCD, there are certain things that I have to be extraordinarily organized about. In the last few years of homeschooling I have learned that being organized and well planned is the only way that we will survive the year. I know that it is not a plan that will work for everyone but for me it is a necessity. I learn something new each year that I take with me on to the next school year, maybe by the time my third is ready to graduate I will be a homeschool pro.
The very first lesson that I ever learned after the first year of homeschooling was; always plan the entire year of school (Lesson plans, themes, field trips if possible, days off, etc.) While most of us dread the thought of doing all this…come January when your exhausted you will thank me. I have also purchased the $30 fancy planners and believe me…they are so not worth it. Some families find them easier to use, but I don’t. I purchase the teacher plan books from the education store. You can use it for one child or more. With my need to be organized, I prefer one per child….the added bonus to this is you can hold on to the lesson plan book for when the younger child moves up into that grade and is using the same curriculum.
I have tried a few different organization methods to keep things set for each week (something else I have learned…don’t date anything. When it is labeled by week it can be done at any point…because it is likely that you will get behind…sickness, spur of the moment field trips or vacations, etc. This will keep you flexible, and not discouraged or frustrated when you look at set dates in a book) You may not like to do it this way, honestly every family I know has a way that works for them…the beauty in homeschooling is that you get to choose what works for YOUR family!
Basically this is what my desk has looked like for the last two weeks. Yes I know the Pinterest board is unrelated to homeschool but after looking at lesson plans all day I have to take breaks…You should too!
I take apart every work book before I start and just make a stack on my desk. I paper clip each weeks work together by subject and put it in the file for the week. The thought has come to mind to make an assignment sheet to go in the front of her notebook, that will tell her exactly what tasks she needs to complete each day and projects for the week. She has my mind set and lists she can check off make a big difference. That project will be in the works this week.
This year for the first time we are using Lifepac for all subjects…we have never done this before so it will be interesting to see how she does. The only different subject will be Writeshop Primary B & C.
While we may be using the same curriculum across the board, the main complaint I always here is that school is boring, and we don’t ever do anything fun. It is a huge pet peeve to hear her say that because I want learning to be hands on and fun. So this year we are adding several Usborne Books to the mix to help us find experiments and learn some fun stuff together (you will see more of these in my preschool post, and in my post on using Usborne books in your homeschool.)
That’s what third grade looks like for us…