Welcome to Day 3 of our scheduling series! If you're joining me today, I can assume that you know WHY I schedule my year so far in advance and how I piece together a homeschool calendar. (This post contains affiliate links.)
I've enjoyed giving you just a simple glimpse into my methods of madness, but please remember that they are just THAT....my methods. Your schedule or lack-thereof might look MUCH different from mine. That's great! Because in truth, that is the intrinsic nature of homeschooling...there is not a one-size-fits-all approach.
I've put together two short videos for you detailing a few thoughts on scheduling TRADITIONAL curriculum into a homeschool planner...mostly because I, myself, am such a visual learner. But, I'd like to preface them with this...
You might see this method and think to yourself..."Ummm...no-brainer!" And while that might be the case for many, that's not always the case for all. As this is a series designed to inspire the newbie homeschool mom, I am choosing to begin at the beginning, assuming that there are moms who might need this gentle approach.
For the purpose of this video, I use the words traditional curriculum to mean curriculum that comes with a lesson plan guide or a teacher's guide. For the words non-traditional curriculum, I mean books/workbooks that would be considered traditional "curriculum" but DO NOT come with any sort of plan of action or teacher's guide.
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In case you are curious, I DO use traditional curriculum for certain subjects. As I have mentioned, I am an eclectic homeschooler and choose my homeschooling methods and my curriculum in an a la carte kind of style. That being said, while I do use workbooks in our homeschooling, I use them as a compliment to the rest of the lesson...not as the actual lesson itself.
I shared on the video that each one of my children has his/her own SEPARATE first day of school. Feel free to take a peak at the HOWs and WHYs behind that.
Also, you may have noticed that I wrote with two different colored ink pens in the videos. It's no secret that I color code my homeschool. But, when it comes to my Well-Planned Day Planner, color coding brings the added benefit of space saving. With only one line per child per subject with which to write each lesson plan, I need to save all the space I can. By using specific colors, I don't have to use space to write five different names. Also, the varied colors makes it much easier to see everyone's tasks at a glance.
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Day 5: FAQs of Scheduling
Please join me for all FIVE days of Scheduling Your Entire Homeschool Year.
Once again, I've teamed up with the talented ladies of iHomeschool Network to bring you a week-long Summer Hopscotch series.