Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Diego county, CA
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Depends on what you mean by formal lesson plans. I skipped Kindergarten and started with 1st grade. I use a weekly planner (started with teacher's planner from the office supply store, now use my own and photo copy every school year). In the beginning, I only planned 3 months, then took a month off to plan the next 3 months. And everything is written in pencil so it can be erased if we decide to change something or need more time on anything. That was back when we home schooled on our own. Now that we are home schooling high school (11th grade this coming fall) through a charter school, I plan for an entire year to get through each subjects/textbooks on time. I plan for a 9 month school year; the charter school uses a 10 month school year. That gives us an additional 4 weeks to cover any slow downs during the school year. Then break it down into subjects where I can write down in greater detail. I use a 3 ring binder with dividers for every subject taken that year. The first divider is the over view of the entire year. All the rest are by month within each subject. The last divider is for blank photocopy orginials. We have a monthly conference with the school. I take the binder with me. It has what he has done, sample papers and tests to turn in, grades on all work he has done, etc. He also does speeches, oral reporting, brings in projects finished (or a record of it in photos, videos, etc.), etc. at that time as well.
But I'm a planner. I also have written production charts for work and a weekly dinner menus on the fridge. When we had multiple children at home, I had a weekly chore chart so everyone knew who did what when. My calendar is my diary, everything is on it.
Chris--extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, co-sleeping, APing, CLW, homeschooling before any of this was a trend mom to Joy (1/78), Erica (8/80), Angela (9/84), Dylan (2/98)