While my oldest is schedule oriented like me, and had an easy time with organizing and filling in a planner, my son is just the opposite. He is my kid who wants to check his boxes and “just wants to get it done”. This has made handing over his homeschool high school planning more difficult for him (and me).
For his middle school years I created a Simple Homeschool Middle School planner. For 7th grade I just created a general weekly outline. That made it hard for me to be sure he was up to date on the lessons and chapters.
So for 8th grade I switched to using Post-It notes for each week to outline what he had to do. I put one in each week of his planner that listed the exact lessons and chapters he would need to complete that week.
My problem with those methods is that he was terrible about writing down each thing in his planner at all, let alone on the day he completed it. But let’s be honest, does it really matter which day? (Insert mom learning to let go of some of her rigidness in favor of a more flexible homeschooling style.)
Now I am creating a more simplified, checklist style plan for his 9th grade year. Hopefully it will be one that will work well enough to use through high school!
Homeschool High School Planning
Alright, so now you’re asking, “What exactly is the plan“?
My plan is to use a variation of a weekly “to do” list and yearly curriculum planner as his planner for the year. I will lay out our plan for the year, breaking it down into weekly tasks.
For instance, like I do every year for my own planning purposes, I will break down the year into weeks, mark off our breaks and holidays, then number our weeks. If we have 5 days in a week it will be 5 lessons of math. If it is a short week then I would put less in. For curricula that come with schedules it means week one in our planner = week one in the plan, and so on.
For me the big downside in doing this is that he will not be completely independent with his high school planning. My goal was to use middle school as a transition period to more independent work. While he does his work independently, he still needs someone driving him to stay on task, and to remind him to keep track of what he is doing.
The other downside in this method of high school planning is that the upfront work is a little more for me. It means that I have to organize his planner by weeks, and physically list things out for each week. At least by doing this all up front (like I did with the Post-Its), it won’t be a task I am consumed with all year.
Even though I am making a checklist style plan for him, he will have the flexibility to complete the work in the manner he chooses. For instance this year he has taken to batching his homeschool subjects (more on this coming soon in another post). It basically means he lumps multiple lessons of one subject on a given day instead of spreading it out over the whole week. This also means he does less subjects each day.
With a checklist style planner for each week he can easily check off what he has completed. Then I can see in one quick glance what he has completed and what is left.
The planner I have created is in a simple weekly checklist format. I will do my planning right in his planner. That means I will write out the assignments for each day and week right in the checklist. Then each week there is a spot for him to mark things done, and a spot for me to mark things checked.
Features of This Checklist Planner
- It is a week at glance.
- It is my homeschool planner and his student planner in one!
- He doesn’t have to write out every assignment.
- There is a distinct place for him to mark it done.
- There is a place for me to mark it checked. This means I have looked over it and am satisfied with his work. I can also add a grade right in the box or below for grading purposes.
This planner offers me the ease of homeschool high school planning and him the ease of “checking mom’s boxes” all in one simple package. I was so tired of having to look at the Post-Its and be upset with him because he had not rewritten each thing into his planner. While he is happy enough to do his schoolwork, he wants it as no muss no fuss as possible. Hopefully this will be everything I think it can be for us and our homeschool high school planning needs.
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