Summer is over and things are back in full swing. I’ve got some terrific things to share with you and some big announcements to make…you’ll have to stay in touch in order to find out all that’s in store around here.
As many of you know I have been homeschooling for over 10 years, and honestly we have tried many different approaches to scheduling. In a later post I will tell you all about how I schedule our homeschool learning for our five kids (my oldest is in College this year). Now before we get into scheduling should let you know that you can’t schedule correctly without planning.
Now if you are new to homeschooling you may be staring at your curriculum selections feeling overwhelmed. The truth is you may feel overwhelmed for a while but the more organized you are the better off you will be. If you have not done so yet, you need to plan out your homeschool year. Use a homeschool planning calendar and choose what homeschool schedule you will use.
We have done traditional school days (schooling five days a week), three weeks on with one week off, four day school week (Friday off), subject blocks (work on two specific subjects for 4 solid weeks) and the list goes on. In our house the planning method that works best for us is the Four – Six Week Quarter Method ( I coined this phrase, I think). Anyway, the way it works is I plan six weeks at a time and every 6th week we have a four day weekend. Each quarter consists of 45 school days. Keep in mind I have already planned our holidays and days off for the year but the 2 extra days off every 6 weeks allows us to fit in appointments & get a much needed break. The extended weekend also allows me some extra days to tweak my upcoming six week quarter if necessary.
I use my 6 week subject planner to plan my subjects/classes at once and then transfer the work to a weekly planner sheet for the kids. This may seem like an extra step but it works for me. You see, I am a list person – I need to see checks and cross throughs in order stay sane. There I admitted it.
I have included a free 6 week subject planner for your use. Click the images to snag your copy!
Now it’s your turn how do you plan your homeschool year? Leave a comment below I’d love to hear from you.