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<p>Its me again!</p>
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<p>How far ahead do you plan out your lessons?  What does your planning consist of?  How do you stay organized?</p>
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<p>I have been pretty laid back this year and strive to get reading, writing and math done most days.  My oldest DS (6) is in a Cottage School program for homeschoolers that he attends three afternoons a week (MWF).  On those days we generally do not do lessons at home.  Last year (2010) I also attended college ranging from half to full time.  This year I will still be attending college and recognize I need all aspects of my life to be more organized to decrease stress!  I would like to keep things interesting for the boys and hope to rotate what we do for math, reading and writing while I plan on including science and history.  I'm thinking of keeping some type of binder where I have some type of weekly schedule as well as sections for each topic with printed materials ready, instructions for lessons and some type of list of things I need to do in advance (materials to gather, instructions to be familiar with, library books to order).</p>
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<p>maybe a teacher's planner would help you? the binder idea is good too, though. more flexible. is there a day each week you could sit down and do planning? i have always sort of winged things. we follow along our books (story of the world, handwriting without tears, and singapore math) and add things in as i think they're needed (library books, manipulatives for math, journaling..). i am in school as well, and i teach preschool, so its easy for me to get "schooled out". lol. i would actually  consider unschooling if i didn't think my dd (who has asd) needed the structure of a more traditional curriculum.</p>
 

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<br><p>I don't write out lesson plans.  I like to use materials that don't require me to plan anything..."open and go" type stuff.  I have materials from different sources for each subject in  a pile of stuff on the end of the kitchen counter.  The things that are loose papers are in file folders by subject; everything else is a book, a workbook, or on the computer.  Each time we sit down to work I just go to the next page, or take the top paper in the folder, or pull up the next lesson on the computer. I have a binder for storing completed written work.  I use a planner notebook from the office store to write down each day's completed work.  I also have a spreadsheet at Google Docs where I record each activity or work item by date, and code it by subject area.</p>
 

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<p><strong>How far ahead do you plan out your lessons?  </strong></p>
<p>I plan day to day. We use some Sonlight materials for science and history so that's scheduled for me. But math, I just go day by day and make sure I have enough for my big girl to do.</p>
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<p><strong>What does your planning consist of?  </strong></p>
<p>Scanning the next few pages of the math book an deciding which lessons to go through. For science, I pull out the books/materials needed for the lesson that morning.</p>
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<p><strong>How do you stay organized?</strong></p>
<p>I have an upright file folder holder (from Staples) with three dividers that I put our current curriculum in. For science, I kept the box that Sonlight sent and cut the top off and all the science books, supply boxes and binder fits nicely in it. For History, I have a red plastice basket that all the read aloud books are in and there are larger books next to the basket between the basket and our supply tower (which is a 2 foot high plastic shelf unit that goes on a desktop).</p>
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<p>For recording what we do, right now, I just write down what subject we went through in a regular desktop calendar.</p>
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<p>Probably clear as mud, huh??</p>
 
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