Lesson planning takes time, and it can be frustrating for some, but it doesn’t have to be.
Consider these useful tips to improve your lesson planning experience:
Do not work on your lesson plans during stressful periods. Doing so can impair your ability to plan with a clear mind and result in frustration. Think about the benefits of homeschooling and how the experience positively affects you as well as your child.
2) Engage your child.
Talk to your child about things that interest him or her, and create assignments using his or her input. Your child will appreciate it because it shows that you value his or her contribution. Your child will also become increasingly motivated to participate in his or her learning experience.
3) Use an online lesson planner.
This tip is critical. Anyone who knows me will tell you that my schedule is usually jam-packed. I work, blog, homeschool, attend grad school, and I am a married mother of two. I know all about time constraints. Online lesson planning makes your experience so much more comfortable, and the planners do just about everything in a short period of time. Take the time to research online planners to choose one that best fits your needs.
It’s ok, homeschool lesson plans can be modified.
5) Order your curriculum early.
You need to do this to plan ahead. Time is required to examine the books, plan projects, field trips, construct lessons, etc.
6) Plan little by little.
Depending on how many subjects you are teaching, lesson planning may take awhile. Start early, and dedicate an hour of your day to lesson planning. You won’t regret the decision. Rushing the process is not beneficial to you or your child.
7) Plan at least a month ahead.
It is easier to modify as you go rather than completing lesson plans day by day or week by week. Again, exercise good time management.
8) Stop if you are disengaged.
If you are not into it, stop and try again at a different time or day. Take breaks often, and consider working on one subject at a time.
9) Consult your homeschooling gurus.
Seek advice and help from your connections as needed. It doesn’t matter how long they have been homeschooling, any new ideas can potentially be great ideas! I promise they won’t mind. One of the best benefits of homeschooling is the outpour of support that you receive from other homeschooling families like yours.
10) Review your lesson plan often.
Homeschooling is very dynamic. If you review your plan often, you give yourself the opportunity to begin backup planning should a last-minute field trip or play date arise.
If you would like to share additional tips, please leave me a comment. Happy Homeschooling!!!
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I love planning…writing lessons and more. So much fun. Executing those plans is sometimes a challenge as life happens.
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I agree Kristen. I try to stay ahead as much as I can. Thanks for visiting! I like your blog as well! I just shared one of your posts on twitter! 🙂
Thank you for sharing!! Timely words for homeschooling families as regular school starts up for everyone.
I need to relax and be okay with going along kids’ interests. It’s just a different approach and method all around, but it’s so hard to be okay with unstructured, explorative learning.
Hope you and your family have a wonderful start to a new school year!!
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