When it comes to lesson planning I am all over the place. I’ve tried at least 4 different planners since September, each of them great but all lacking one thing here or there. I’ve tried dry erase schedules and paper schedules and check off boxes – but nothing I found was working for me. I really wanted to start off 2016 organized and ready to go, but how?
I started in the fall with folders for each day of the week (Mon-Fri) and I usually place all lessons, lap-books, papers, etc that we will be working on in the folder for that day. I’m able to plan 3-6 weeks ahead (depending on our schedule) and it’s been working well. What wasn’t working was that I kept having to refer to my planning book, which is spiral bound and I made a mess crossing things out and moving them over to another day, or switching materials, or when we just didn’t do school one day!
One night I decided that I should perhaps try to make my own instead of constantly trying to make something else work for me. I booted up Excel and after a few evenings I came up with a daily lesson plan that worked for us – I only wish I had done it sooner.
Here’s how I use it:
I write in what we will be doing each day for Sophie and Bella using pencil. I make sure that those materials are either in the daily folder, or the workbooks are out and ready to go. I check off what they do each day, make observations about lessons, and take notes about what we might need to change. At the end of the day I have a paper trail of exactly what the girls did, complete with any notes to help me remember.
Because it’s not dry erase I can keep it in their file to see where we are and what lessons we need to work on. Because it’s not in my weekly planner it doesn’t matter if we skip a day – all I need to do is move the Daily Planner Sheet from the day that we skipped to the next day’s folder. Ahh…freedom!!
Click on the image to download a FREE copy of my Daily Lesson Planner: