7 Steps to Plan Your Homeschool Week (with a Free Printable!)

Inside: A simple way to plan your homeschool week

7 Steps to Plan Your Homeschool Week

Are you new to homeschooling and wondering how to plan each homeschool week?

Here you’ll find the way that’s working well for me (with a free printable if your brain works the same way mine does)!

How to Plan a Week of Homeschool

FIRST, you’ll need to have your yearly plan set. If you need some help with that, check out this post:

How to Plan Your Homeschool Year in as Little as One Weekend

Once you’ve got that settled, follow these 7 steps to plan your homeschool week:

Step 1: DownLoad the Printable

For my homeschool planning sheets, I use this printable.

Homeschool Planning Sheets

It organizes our week by subjects, which we’ll talk about more in a minute! The big space allows me to write about our lessons in detail, making it easier for me to know exactly what we’re doing each day.

You can hole-punch your sheets and put them into a small binder to use as a homeschool planner. Then at the end of the year, include copies of your lesson plans into your kids’ portfolios (if that’s something you have to do in your state).

Since the lesson plans are organized by subject, it makes it easy to put them right in with the worksheets, tests, or other assignments and keep everything neat and organized.

If you want to use these, sheets, download your copy by subscribing to my email list (I send out just 2 monthly emails) here:

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Step 2: Check Your Year at a Glance

So once you’ve got your planner situation figured out, it’s time to consult the yearly plan you’ve laid out.

I have mine set up in Google Sheets, where I can easily access it from any device. While I’m making our weekly plan, I pull up our Year at a Glance on my phone and have it sitting next to me where I can refer to it easily.

Step 3: break It Down by Subject

Then I take it one subject at a time. For every week, I fill out 5 sheets: language arts, math, rotating (science, social studies & interest study), special (art, nature, music & library), and Bible.

Those just happen to be the subjects I need for the different slots in our day, but you can customize your plan to fit what you need.

Homeschool Weekly Lesson Plan -- Special

Some of those are done family style, while others are done one-on-one. For the family-style subjects, I simply use the whole block for each day. But since I’m teaching 3 children, for the one-on-one subjects, I split each block into 3 separate sections.

Step 4: Fill in the Basics

Consulting the year-at-a-glance, I then write down which lesson we’ll be doing in each subject each day. I’ve already done the hard part of this during the yearly planning. Now I’m just taking the data from my sheet and writing it into our weekly plan.

Filled out lesson plan -- plan homeschool week

Step 5: Consult Your Curriculum

But thorough planning (that truly makes the week smoother) requires a little more than that. So at this point, I open up their books and do a quick look at each lesson we’ll be covering. Then I write down the name of the lesson and a few words describing it.

This also gives me a chance to prepare for step 7.

Step 6: Fill in Their Checklists

I then take a moment to fill out my kids’ checklists for the week. For more on that, check out this post:

Simplify your week with a daily homeschool checklist!

Step 7: Take Care of the Extras

When you’re done with everything else, make any other preparations each lesson may need.

Cutting out game cards or an art template.
Gathering extra supplies you don’t have at home.
Making a library run to pick up a suggested book.
Printing a handwriting page or worksheet.
Downloading a song that your kids will need to learn.

You know, all the extras. Make everything as simple as you possibly can for the future Monday-morning-you. She’ll thank you later!

What’s your biggest challenge with homeschool planning? Where’s the most chaos? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Audriana

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How to Simplify Your Week with a Homeschool Daily Checklist

Inside: Homeschool daily checklist 101 – what is it, how to use it, and a free printable!

Simplify Your Day with a Homeschool Daily Checklist

Needing a way to help your child stay on task? Become more independent and responsible for their work? Or just wanting to teach them about staying accountable and getting the job done?

Using a homeschool daily checklist helps us organize our week and is preparing my kids to be more responsible as they get older.

What is a homeschool daily checklist?

To put it simply, it’s a list that allows you and your child to see what’s left to accomplish for the homeschool day (and the week). A homeschool daily checklist lists all of your student’s subjects and what they’ll be doing in those subjects for the day. When the lesson or assignment is completed, they simply check it off.

Our homeschool daily checklists

Why Use One?

My kids are still young (our oldest is 6), but using a checklist every week helps give them a visual representation of the work that we need to get through on a daily and weekly basis. Which means they ask me “are we almost done?” less!

As they get older, it’ll also make them more responsible for their own work. Right now, they have some independent assignments, but for the most part, I’m guiding them or completely doing lessons with them. But when they’re older, a homeschool daily checklist will be a great way to keep them on track and show them what they still need to work on without all of the hand-holding.

It’s also great practice to help your child learn to read charts!

How to Use a Homeschool Daily Checklist

Filling out the homeschool assignment checklist

So to do this, you’ll first need to:

  1. have your plan for the year done and
  2. have a weekly lesson plan

(Or at least that’s how I organize mine!) For more on planning your homeschool year, check out this post:

How to Plan a Full Year of Homeschool in as Little as One Weekend

And keep an eye out for a post where I share our free lesson planning printable!

Writing Your Weekly Plan

So first, I make our weekly lesson plan based on our yearly plan. Then I take my weekly lesson plan for each subject and write it (in a more simplified form) on each of my kids’ weekly checklists.

For example, I’ll look at my plans for Bible. Let’s say we’re in the book of Exodus that week. My lesson plan would include details for the chapters and ideas we were covering each day. Then on the checklist, I’d just write the theme or chapters of the day. So when we’re talking about Mount Sinai and God giving the ten commandments, I could either write “10 commandments” in the box OR “chapters 19-20.”

Where to Put It

Next, put the daily checklist in a place where your student can easily access it and check it off daily. We have folders where I put their daily independent work, and the front of those folders have a clear pocket — the perfect spot for our checklists!

Our homeschool daily checklist in the front pocket of a folder

How Your Child Uses Their Checklist

Every day, your child will then check off their tasks as they’re completed. Like I said, since my children are still young, I guide them through their day. But the checklist is preparing them for going it alone.

So if your child is older, they can look at each task on their list, complete them one-by-one, and check them off as they go.

Right now, as we get each activity done, I’ll give my kids a gentle reminder.

“Okay we’re all finished with your math lesson. What do you get to do now?”
“Check off my list!”

SIDE NOTE: Consider building in some time at the end of the week to have “catch-up time” for any assignments that had to be pushed back or needed some extra work. If there’s ever a time when everything is done, the kids get extra time playing or doing something else they enjoy.

Our Checklist

We do nine different subjects/activities that I wanted to have space for: Bible, language arts, handwriting, reading, math, social studies, science, interest study, and specials (music, art, nature, and library).

In our box for language arts, I also included a breakdown of the different things we do during that time (phonics, sight words, spelling, and our lesson from The Good & the Beautiful). It just helps keep us on track and remember what words they’re supposed to be working on every week.

Our Checklist

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The first page of the printable includes the subjects we use, and the second page is blank for you to customize it to your family’s needs.

How to Customize it

No one wants to have to write every subject every time they make a checklist for the week. Instead, I suggest writing your child’s name and your subjects once. Then make color copies of that sheet for however many weeks you’ll be homeschooling this year.

Whatever saves a little time!

Have you ever used a homeschool daily checklist like this? If not, what system did you use to keep lessons and assignments organized in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Audriana

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How to Plan a Full Year of Homeschool (in as Little as ONE Weekend)

Inside: Wanting to plan your homeschool year? Here’s how I planned our first year (including transitioning from public school) in ONE weekend.

How I Planned an Entire Year of Homeschool in Just 48 Hours

I recently announced over on our family’s YouTube channel that we’ll officially be homeschooling this year. It’s a dream-come-true for this momma. I’ve literally imagined it since 2015. So this is a big deal.

I’ve been BURSTING at the seams with excitement and could hardly contain myself while we waited for our curriculum to arrive. (You can check out our unboxing videos here).

As soon as it arrived on our doorstep, I WAS READY. Let the planning commence!

There’s something extremely satisfying about planning the homeschool year. Like the ultimate puzzle with all these little moving parts. But instead of shooting for the picture on the box, you get to decide what the outcome looks like. SIGN. ME. UP.

How to Plan Your Homeschool Year

The Good & the Beautiful -- Planning Homeschool Year

I know I’m a newbie. And there are plenty of other more experienced sources out there. But this blog is about the journey as much as it is about sharing what works. (Plus, I used some seasoned resources to help me figure it out.) So with that in mind, this is the process I used for planning our first homeschool year.

And can I just say… I’m pretty stoked about how easy it was, that it only took a weekend to do, AND that our first year looks AMAZING.

Note: all of the following planning takes place AFTER you’ve chosen your curriculum.

1. Figure out Your Format

Do you plan to stick to the traditional school schedule (4 terms with a summer break)? Or maybe you want to go year-round? Or even do something completely custom… maybe a long break in winter instead of summer?

Before you plan anything, you’ve got to have this nailed down.

We opted for the year-round schedule. It just makes sense for us. To me, learning (in the way I want to present it to my kids) isn’t compartmentalized to certain times. We stay learning. So homeschooling all year long with smaller brain breaks penciled in just fits.

How to Plan Your Homeschool Year

2. Schedule Breaks

Speaking of breaks, after you find out what format you want to follow, you’ll also need to decide on breaks (especially if you go the year-round or custom route). Some people wing it. They know they want to educate for x amount of weeks and have x amount of weeks off. Then they just decide as they go.

For our family, that doesn’t really work. I need a more concrete plan because we share our two older children with their dad. Co-parenting is always smoother when everyone knows what’s going on.

3. Pencil In Educational Weeks/Days

Once you know when your breaks are, you can number your educational weeks (also keep track of any short weeks) to prepare for step #5.

4. Transitioning from Public School?

Transitioning from Public School -- Planning Homeschool Year

This is a good time to mention transitioning. If your children have never been in public school, don’t worry about this step.

Accounting for the transition from public school to homeschool was probably the most crucial step in planning this year.

It took some time for me to figure out what I would need to teach before starting their new curriculum and what my children had already learned. For my oldest (going into first grade), it meant sitting down with him, Level K curriculum in hand, and going through lesson by lesson to decide if each one was something he had learned this year or not.

There are things that both of my older kids need to know before continuing in the curriculum we’ve chosen, so we have to take the time to bridge that gap. Because of our transition period, I’m going to be homeschooling them for about 4 extra weeks than I will in years to come.

5. Divide Your Curriculum By Your Weeks

Once all that is decided, it’s time to split up the curriculum based on weeks. For some subjects or curriculum, this is simple. For example, some are set up to be a lesson per day or 2 lessons per week. Easy peasy.

The Good & the Beautiful Lesson -- Planning Homeschool Year

Others will require you to go through each lesson and decide how much time it will take you and your kids to get through the material.

Don’t forget to allow for assessments & field trips!

6. Use a Scheduling Tool

This video and printable from Megan Phillips were LIFE SAVERS. I downloaded the excel sheets she created and used the yearly planner to complete the scheduling process.

The weekly planning sheets I use are different, but the yearly one was exactly what I needed. She even created separate tabs for people with multiple children (up to 4) to make the scheduling part as simple as possible.

Planning only took me about 2 days (working on it periodically from Friday evening to Sunday evening), and now we’re set for the year!

I’m sure that as we go along, tweaking will need to be done. Maybe they’ll go faster in one subject than what I thought but need some extra days in another area. But having the general outline for our first year complete is SO satisfying.

What do you do to schedule your homeschooling year? Do you like this method or are you more go-with-the-flow? I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Audriana

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