As a former curriculum writer, one of my favorite things to do was plan, plan, plan fun and engaging lessons. I love reading curriculum blog posts and reviews, attending conferences, and researching various curricula! One of the most challenging things to do as a homeschooler, however, was finding a place to organize all of the great ideas in a usable format.
I found myself jotting down activities on sticky notes, notebooks, and in a number of places, only to find that I completely forgot about them when the time came to use them. I put together these planning pages a while back ago to keep track of it all and thought I’d share for anyone interested. Some of the pages have been bound in my homeschool lesson planner (FREE to all Upstream Subscribers!) and others have made their way into my homeschool binder where I keep track of our progress and future ideas.
Many of these pages can be used for logging great summer activities or even by teachers putting together lessons for their classes. Here are a few sample pages that I have found most helpful along with a free download of all my planning pages below! Enjoy!
Academic Overview: This is one of my favorite pages! I use this at the beginning of the year to plan each subject along with important information.
Curriculum Log: I printed out a few copies of this page to record curricula recommended by friends or books I read. For example, after reading The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, I wanted to jot down the resources recommended for the elementary grades. It’s given me a good reference to consider as I hear about other great programs as well.
Two-Week Overview: This page is helpful for “getting it all in.” There are some great subjects and activities I’d like to go over, but there just isn’t time to do things every single day. Putting together a two-week overview helps me see at-a-glance what I need to do daily, weekly, and bi-weekly.
Subject Planning Sheets: I put together these planning sheets for subjects that I planned to teach without a ready-made curriculum. The first one allows for more of a Charlotte Mason approach with room to record specific book titles that can be read on the subject. The second is more of a checklist for outcomes and goals, and the third is a combination of the two.
Idea Logs: The following planning pages are where I log ideas for future field trips, outdoor activities, and toddler/preschool activities. When I see great ideas online or in inspiring books like The Big Book of Homeschooling or Before Five in a Row for little ones, I can easily jot them down in my logs and come back to them when we need a little boost along the way.
Unit Study Planning Guide: These two planning pages are for planning a specific unit study on a topic of interest. I haven’t quite used these just yet, but I plan on putting together one soon. My son is extremely interested in reptiles right now, and putting together a fun unit of study will be a great way to learn all about them.
Additional Planning Pages: In my FREE DOWNLOAD, I have also included planning pages for capturing all of the other homeschooling stuff, such as materials logs, a budget sheet, an attendance record, and more!
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