I recently suffered a concussion, 3 to be exact, on September 2, 2016. Today, 5 months later, I am still not able to do everything I could. Some days I can’t move or think and other days I am able to get out and do a few errands – Praise God!. ( So if my sentences at time are off or a mispelling – I’m not 100% yet- but on my way)
If I hadn’t pre-planned during my summer months, nothing would have been done. I hope you will consider always preplanning your year, at least up to 6 months. You never know what circumstances might come your way. Along with preplanning, it is also important to begin teaching your children to do things independently . I know most moms might poopoo this, but my 10 year old can do her own laundry, clean her own room, knows her daily chores and can cook her own meals. When I was in bed unable to move for months, she was independent enough to make breakfast for the family, take care of her clothes, take care of the dog and her schoolwork. Of course, some things were on hold – things that required mommy like new words and other things, but being prepared and having taught independence to my 3 children helped me when life took a sudden turn.
We use a lot of workbooks, books, teaching textbooks and classical conversations. I say we use classical conversations lightly because we don’t get into the extreme memory of facts. I like to use it as a weekly nudge of new things. For instance, today I printed up pictures and maps about WW2, pics of atomic bombs and discussed the years and showed my daughter maps of Hiroshima, Midway, Germany and Poland, but no stress if it isn’t memorized.
My yearly planning method:
I noticed that if I planned per day – it totally stressed me out. Sick days, Visitors and other interruptions messed up my schedule. I tried an online schedule planner and it worked great for a while but going back and making changes because of interruptions became confusing.
This is what I did this year and it worked out great for me.
I purchased a teacher lesson planner
I bought this because I like the layout of each week . Here’s link : Teaching is my Superpower lesson planner
I took each book or workbook by subject and divided it up by 32-37 weeks for school year. I decided how much needed to be done each week to finish by June 1- or mid May.
I split it in half and wrote per week what needed to be done between Sept 1- Dec 15
Click here for my weekly list, insert your own subjects : dailyplanner print out 6 copies, cut and glue one at start of each week. Go subject by subject planning through year – do not plan daily until you get to that week. (I didn’t do every single subject every day, I know my subject list is long – I did a little here and there to complete year, anything with cc was classical conversations, if you’re curious, FWriting is Fictional writng – a great workbook I purchased at ACE teacher store, and PEditing is a workbook on paragraph editing)
-Even when I was sick, my daughter could see the pages in subjects that needed to be done by Friday, so is we had an off day, no worries, she knew what had to be done in week.
Cut above link in 6 strips and glue into lesson planner, write what needs to be done weekly – not daily.
Here’s an example of one of my weeks. (Okay, I haven’t been the neatest this year…. I got a little fancy and made a border from American girl doll paper I had handy.)
To preplan the months, I only wrote what needed to be one per week. As the weeks came around I would fill in the days (when I was feeling okay). It made life so much easier. I didn’t do it on the above pics, but as time went on, I would highlight the most important subjects blue and all things classical yellow. To makes sure the most important things each week were completed.
Here’s an online planner Ive used in the past if you prefer to be more orderly : Home School Manager online planner , I met them at the FPEA conference all with many others. This was the only online lesson planner that seemed best and easiest to understand. It isn’t working for me, but it did in the past. My daughter especially liked it because she didn’t need to bother with my handwriting – which needs work. Here’s a sample of one of our printed weeks: FYI :There was a second page attached that isn’t shown
Anyways, just wanted to give you a nudge to preplan your year and your future. Even if life goes smoothly, preplanning will help you a lot.
Don’t forget to include 3-6 weeks during the year for holidays, vacations, sick days and catching up. Some weeks, it would put review and catch up for all subjects. If you don’t need that week, then save that time for when you need it. Mine always seemed to work out at the right times.
Don’t get frustrated, don’t get stressed. Ask God for help and He will always be with you.
I have more tips on how I organized my stuff and how I keep classical organized. I’ll try to post that soon.