My family has made the very serious and emotional decision to homeschool our 7-year-old epilepsy kid.
This should be easy for me, a former certified teacher.
It is not easy at all.
I love the idea of school (and our local Catholic school is an amazing fit for my older kid). I support public schools (where both children will go in the fall because juggling two schools is just too much). But the private school could not handle the additional needs of an epilepsy kid who is likely going to get an autism diagnosis this week.
To cover the time span between now and the end of the school year, without forcing my kid to transfer schools mid-year, I'm homeschooling.
(I appreciate all the support you can muster. I've not taught elementary school and am, frankly, terrified.)
As a planner, I needed a plan.
But what should the plan look like? It needed to be flexible (for seizure or melt-down days) but cover the actual material (to prepare for transfer back to public school in the fall). It had to give me enough organization to not feel lost, but not be too lengthy.
I selected a two-page-per-day layout for my lesson plans in my planner because they offer a place to plan, to schedule, and to keep notes for my files.
The Planner Page Set-Up
I am using different parts of the planner page for different purposes.
The schedule is pictured above in the purple box.
I am not scheduling my homeschool day. That would not allow the flexibility that my child needs. However, I do need to be able to glance at the outside of the home appointments and have a plan for those times.
Mostly, if we are going out of the house, my kid will practice subtraction on his Kindle or free read.
The lesson planning is pretty simple (pictured in blue square). Mostly, it consists of the page number in the textbook or the activity.
For the most part, I plan too much for Mondays and plan less as I continue through the week. This allows me to adjust based on my child's needs.
In the orange box, I list a few daily goals that I plan to have each day.
OTHER COOL FEATURES OF THE LESSON PLAN LAYOUT
I put a special page marker for homeschooling (red arrow), a code for each subject in the lesson plan (pink arrow), and a note page (green arrow) for things like spelling words in the spread.
I am doing about a week of lessons in advance. After the initial planning, that means I only have to do one lesson plan per day.
I am keeping about two weeks of these pages in my planner at a time. I have an old planner for filing away the pages and notes as a record of our homeschooling.
In addition, I will take pictures of sample work and put them on a jump drive with the old planner. That should be sufficient record keeping and keeps paper filing to a minimum.
Try these similar two-page-per-day planning pages and see if they work for you. (Note they are only currently available in Classic size inserts.)
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