I love the summer. Our time is spent mowing, tending the garden and flower beds, swimming, and enjoying our family and friends. I also love to plan the new school year!
I spend weeks each July planning for our new school year. I look at the new curriculum available to homeschoolers and read their reviews. I search the library on-line catalog to see if there are any new books printed this year for homeschooling. I check out other homeschooling mom’s blogs to see how they set up their classroom and their curriculum choices. This is one of my favorite times of the year!
I wanted to share my school planning process with you. It am still working on them and plan to continue to add a few more fun features over the next few weeks. Most of the ideas are not my own. If you would like more information on any of the ideas posted here then click the blog links at the end of my post .
My laminator, printer, and keyboard are getting a good workout!
Here are some new ideas I am in the process of implementing in our classroom this year:
This project has been the most time consuming but I think it will be the most beneficial change. It will not only keep our day moving forward but allow my girls to see what needs to be completed before snack, break, or lunch. This is my version of a workbox weekly grid system from the Homeschool Creations blog. It is set up as one 8x11 laminated sheet for each day of the week. I velcro each little card, front and back, and line them up in order of each days lessons. When the girls complete the lesson, they turn the card over and attach it in the same box.
Above are a few of our morning board items from Confessions of a Homeschooler blog. We plan to track the weather, tally the number of days in school, learn the books of the Bible, count out the coins for the date, and more to come!
These are our workboxes. They are 12”x12” drawers from Hobby Lobby and Target. They come in sections of 3 drawers for only $9.99. I am using 9 drawers per child. We have our reader books in the basket above each set of workboxes. The pocket chart behind the workboxes is for our All About Spelling word cards.
Now for my lessons plans! Well, those are much easier this year because I invested in a unit study from My Fathers World Adventures. They have done the work for me! YEA MFW has planned our Bible, History, Geography, Science, Music, Art, read-aloud books!
I photocopied each week’s summary from the MFW teacher lesson manual.
On the facing page, I have a spreadsheet I designed with excel. It is separated by child, one color for my 2nd grader and one color for my kindergartener. It lists their individual lessons for MUS, LA, AAS, Explode the Code, and reading.
Now for our school supply totes! I got this from the Target $1 section, but it did cost $2.50. I have one for each of the girls. I used a label maker and put their name on it. I store it next to their workbox daily grids on a shelf. Each morning they bring it to their desk. So when they drop a pencil or lose it in the bathroom (that never happens though…ha ha) they have 10 other pencils in front of them! Priceless!
This is my new WONDERFUL filing system for the WHOLE YEAR! I got this from a blog post from One Day At A Time.
I have 36 hanging filing folders for each week of the year. In each hanging folder, I have 2 file folders: different colors, one for each of the girls. I have placed items in each folder for the workboxes, like: MFW state notebook pages, MUS worksheets, dot-to-dot pages, A Reason for Handwriting pages, and more! I began with one crate and once I started filing the folders I had to buy another crate. It’s a good idea to have a lid for the crates. You can stack them on one another and keep little fingers out of them!
Here are a few of the items that I put in the file folders: worksheets from MUS, MFW state notebook, Handwriting, a dot-to-dot, and mazes for fun!
This shelf contains the school supply totes and ‘fun stuff’ bins at the bottom (for free time play if they have completed a lesson early).
This is our Book Basket for MFW Adventures lessons and other fun library books.
If you would like to see where I got these ideas for our classroom see the list of links below.
Blog links for more ideas:
Calendar and Morning Board from 1+1+1=1
Filing system in the crate ~ you’re going to love this!
Check out the printables for calendar time
Homeschool Creations workbox activity cards
Share your ideas for planning your year in a comment below – add a link to your blog!