Well, our one week break is over. Today is the first day of our second six week session…and both kids are sick!
This is one of those days, I feel extra glad that we homeschool. No call to the school. No fear of falling behind on work. Just wake up, and let them recover without worry or stress.
Onto how I use my Daily and Weekly Sheets:
Where I Start
This is my very generic sheet for the week. We don’t do all subjects every day and I would lose my brain trying to remember what subject on which day. So I made a very rough sketch to show what subjects what day. I use this as my baseline for the weekly schedule.
It took some trial and error to whether I was a plan by the day, week, moth, year, etc. kinda gal. I tried it all and came down to weekly planning. On Sunday afternoon, I take a look at where we left off last week and schedule for the upcoming week. I only plan a Monday-Thursday schedule, because we inevitably take five days (or more) to do four planned days of work. Music and Computer are planned for Friday, but that doesn’t always happen at this point in time. During my Sunday planning time, I make sure to collect all resources needed for the week and to print whatever needs to be printed. I tuck it all away in our lovely rainbow drawers. And I am set for the week.
I have a weekly plan for Builder and a weekly plan for Princess. I really like this set up because if the kids get interested in one subject area and want to go on to the next lesson and even the next lesson and more, that is fine. I have all resources ready to go and I can simply check off the lessons completed. It doesn’t matter if some of Wednesday is checked off on Monday. Our goal is simply to complete all lessons by the end of the week. It works the other way as well, if sick kids, doctors appointments, errands, life, etc. happen throughout the week and we are left completing some tasks on Saturday, we can simply check them off and it still works for that week. This provides the structure and flexibility that I need.
I keep these sheets on my desk through the week and then they get filed into the front of the kid’s binder when I begin to plan for the next week. It is also nice, that these weekly sheets filed in their folders creates a record of learning at the end of the year.
These are the sheets that Builder and Princess use daily. They each have their own spiral. Every night I look at my weekly plan sheet and list out what I would like to be done for the next day. I also include their household task for the day.
At first we tried using the weekly sheet for Builder and Princess to check off their completed lessons, but it didn’t seem to work well. The weekly sheet is a bit overwhelming to them, so I started making a daily list and it has worked much better. It is also teaching a great life skill of list making. My hope is that as they get older they will begin to take over the job of making their own to-do list. We don’t keep this spiral in the binder. Though it could be kept in the binder since it is 3-hole punched.
It is wonderful to finally find a rhythm that is working for us. This set up paired with our daily routine has helped us accomplish much this year already.
Your Turn To Play – What have you found in your planning that works or doesn’t work so well?