Woo-hoo! You're in the homestretch.
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But all that was just a warm up! Now you're ready to tackle some of the more difficult curriculum types to schedule...unit studies and living literature-style lessons. Let's face it, although these forms of learning provide excellent opportunity for delight-directed learning, they can be a bit of a challenge to write in PEN.
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As I mentioned in the video, I schedule the main unit themes for the entire year. This keeps me accountable to stay on target...moving in a forward motion. I only schedule/plan the details of each main theme 4 to 6 weeks in advance. The unit study and living-literature study styles are rooted in learning through natural curiosities and exhausting a topic for all its detail. When beginning a topic of study, I don't always know how long we will want to "camp" on that topic. While I want forward motion, I also don't want to spoil the natural love of a topic by moving on just because the black and white page dictates that I must. By only detailing 4 to 6 weeks worth of plans, I can choose to extend the learning if I deem necessary, knowing that the lesson planner is a blank slate beyond the six weeks.
Since the primary focus of this 5-Day series is SCHEDULING, I have not gone into intense detail about PLANNING unit studies. I realize, however, that the two go hand-in-hand. So, here are a few great links to help inspire you as you create enriching unit study lessons for your year.
How To Plan a Unit Study by Our Journey Westward
Planning a Unit Study Step By Step by To Be Busy at Home
In addition, be sure to check out these planning forms to help you organize all your thoughts AND my Pinterest account to get inspired!
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Day 1: WHY I Schedule My Entire Year?
Day 2: Creating a Year-Long Homeschool Calendar
Day 3: Scheduling Traditional Curriculum
Day 4: Scheduling Non-Traditional Curriculum
Day 5: FAQs of Scheduling
Please join me for all FIVE days of Scheduling Your Entire Homeschool Year.
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