I've found this great link about homeschool lesson planning and even though they seem to be working with older children, it really helped me get organized. If you have any other links for lesson planning, please send them my way!
What went well in August:
- E LOVES school. I do, too.
- She has our calendar routine down.
- A flexible schedule works well. I'd like to have a few daily activities and some weekly ones and try to get to a certain number of tasks per day.
- Mixing preschool with scheduled social outings and activities varies our day. This will continue in the fall as more of our activities start up again (library story time, dance class, our moms/kids group, Play & Learn classes).
- I found space in our house for school areas without feeling like it is taking over our home. (More on these nooks later).
- The predictable text book I made with her name/pictures was a huge hit! Maybe I can make one per theme so she has a whole library and we have a record of all we've studied.
What we need to work on/add for the fall:
- E asks for more work then I have planned, so I need to add in some non-themed activities that I can pull out any time. This will be especially helpful when D arrives. Things she can do independently are even better. Any ideas? I love this quiet book and busy bag tasks like this.
- Make a visual schedule of our daily activities, maybe using magnets and incorporating it into our calendar board?
- We need more afternoon activities. I was planning on doing most of our work in the morning, but if it is a day we are out and about, we could work after nap before dinner time since I am always looking for things to do then anyway.
- These monthly and weekly planning sheets provide a great framework. I will probably continue to use the monthly sheets for blog and preschool planning and use the weekly one for our larger projects that I plan to blog about. I need to create a system for daily planning
- Work on more organization and planning ideas! I'd love to find some Pinterest boards all about homeschool planning, but I can't find quite what I'm looking for there.
- Finish gathering, buying, and prepping supplies.
Handwriting without Tears (I need to order these wood pieces but I'll also be creating a lot of HWT materials myself.)
fine motor work (writing, coloring, scissors, tweezers, clothespins, play dough, scoop & pour)
invitations to play
journal writing (at least 2x a week)
uppercase and lowercase matching
real life discovery