When the school day has ended, our tummies are full, and the dryer is humming away I sit in a semi-quiet house and I begin to plan. Not of glorious summer days on the beach, or of date nights with the hubs, but for the next school day.
You heard me correctly.
I plan out my lessons the day before.
If this makes you cringe, pop over to Confession of A Homeschooler. She shows you how to plan out the entire year at once. That can be a beautiful thing. But it’s not for me. It’s not how my brain works. I don’t use a curriculum because I find joy in creating my own. I couldn’t sit and write out a whole year of lessons because I don’t know if my children will need more focus in one area, if they need less focus, or if they love the topic so much that they want to spend another week studying about it. I don’t know what kind of homeschooler that makes me.
I spend my afternoons planning for the next day when I could be doing housework, reading a juicy novel, or watching some of my favorite old movies, but I really like to plan. It’s a creative outlet for me and it’s actually a great stress reliever. It’s fun to sit down and reflect on how the day went, how I can connect what was learned today with lessons for tomorrow, or how I can teach a lesson a different way so my children can grasp the concept.
Tomorrow is the last day of the month, so I will be getting my themes planned out for March. I do know we will be studying about Dr. Seuss, poetry, and cooking.
We’ve had two days of school off because I came down with a nasty head cold and wanted to do nothing but sleep. Here is a look at what I have to get done tomorrow.
Find library books (for Dr. Seuss theme)
write out a plural noun anchor chart (for my second graders)
print and put together activity for plural nouns (for second graders)
find some writing lessons for my kindergarteners (bless their hearts)
clean up my guest room (my friend from high school is coming to visit next week!)
go grocery shopping (because we have nothing to eat)
make pizza (for pizza movie night)
go to rehearsal (no movie night)
If you’ve missed some of my other posts about lesson planning, you can find them here: