So I am now 5 weeks in to my planning for the coming school year. It is amazing to me how I feel as though I have accomplished a lot, and yet hardly anything at all. I am wondering if despite all this hard work, I will even be ready by Sept 12th. My main focus has been on Chloe (grade 7) and Jayden (grade 3) because they are the ones I am planning all 36 weeks for. Will I have time to get anything ready for Ava (Kindergarten)? I hope so!
Here are some more points of interest I have noted while working with this new system:
- I usually copy all consumables double sided to save on paper. I cannot do this with the crate system therefore the amount of papers seem bulky.
- Using paper clips to hold subjects together is helpful in keeping each thing separate.
- Having an index card or a half sheet of paper on top of each subject with a summary of plans for each week will help refresh my memory when the time comes to use the plans I have created.
- Something I have not yet figured out yet is how to handle shared subjects in Homeschool Tracker +. For instance our Explorer Unit Study is for both Jayden and Chloe. In HST+ I put it under Jayden’s school year, not Chloe’s because I am not sure how to easily do that. I figured when I move each item to the current week, I will make a copy of it then for the other child.
This week I am currently finishing up the Explorers Unit Study, then I will do Mind Benders (Critical Thinking), and I hope to dive in to either the Africa Unit Study or First Language Lessons. I ordered Chloe’s Teaching Textbooks but won’t get it for a little bit yet due to it having been a preorder and they are just starting to ship this week. Then each week I will add music lessons, Roller Typing, Rosetta Stone Spanish, and physical education, as well as art at least once a month.
I also wanted to make a side note about our Explorers Unit Study. I found the basis of this unit on HomeschoolShare. It is a great site for free unit studies on different books, as well as many broader topics.
I used this in conjunction with some hands on explorer projects from a Scholastic book. It was easy to split into 18 weeks (2 semesters) with the addition of a Leif Ericsson week and one or two of the explorers (Christopher Columbus) taking 2 weeks. We even side track for some activities on latitude and longitude that I am looking forward too!
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