You’ve opted out of purchasing curriculum and resources that have the lesson plans mapped out for you. Maybe you’re even giving the do-it-yourself route a try. Regardless of what you’re using to homeschool, I want to share a method that makes lesson planning a breeze!
Choose Monthly Themes
You can find all types of holidays, special days, and commemorative days for just about every month. A simple Google search will pull up just about anything you can think of for each month and for different places around the world.
This is a great place to start when brainstorming a theme to use for the month’s lesson plans, activities, field trips, and so on.
Once you’ve selected a theme for the month, it’s time to break it down into organized plans.
Choose Weekly Topics
Choosing a weekly topic allows you to break down an overall theme and “stretch” it to include as many aspects and facets as you can imagine. Often times as homeschooling moms (and dads) we feel like we need to get everything done and taught in a week’s time.
I beg to differ!
I believe we can can (and SHOULD) spend as much time as we want on any given theme and/or topic. Take the fall season, for example. So much can be learned about fall – from trees and leaves to life cycles of apples and pumpkins and weather cycles.
These topics can also be spread across multiple subjects – all stress free!
Choose Daily Themes
Choosing a daily theme gives you a creative way to carry out that month’s overall theme down to the weekly topic. In the free October-themed lesson plan and guide I have for you (at the end of this post), I use the following daily themes:
- Sundays introduce a new topic revolving around fall (trees, leaves, apples, pumpkins, and weather).
- Mondays are read-aloud (or independently) days.
- Tuesdays are for video (or documentary) watching.
- Wednesdays are nature walk days.
- Thursdays are for lapbooks and/or interactive notebooking.
- Fridays are field trip days.
- Saturdays are used for researching Scripture about that weeks topic.
This makes it easy to know what to do each day of the week and for weeks to come!
Keep the Resources Simple
When I go on a search for resources to use, my go-to places are:
Regardless if you’re looking for free, cheap, or no cost cap – the above avenues will pull up lists with more resources than you’ll ever need, but having all the options is great. To easily store what you find I recommend creating a labeled bookmark folder and saving the links in that folder. Make a note in a notebook (or on a template I provide with the freebie) of the title (or website) name.
Choose a day to gather the materials you’ll need for the upcoming week. If you easily get overwhelmed I strongly consider taking it one week at a time. I pick Sundays for gathering the upcoming week’s materials.
If you’re more of a long term kinda planner, try planning 2 weeks at a time. And if you’re really a planning pro, knock out the entire month! You could always use the workbox system, file folders, storage bins, or a filing cabinet for storing any printables and supplies you need.
Let Me Help You Get Started!
I created an October-themed lesson plans and guide printable to help you get started on planning out a month’s worth of activities revolving around the fall season. You’ll find a common thread (mentioned above) with daily themes and icons you can click on.
When you click on the icons listed for Monday-Friday you’ll be directed to playlists, book lists, ideas from Pinterest, and more (over 75 resources)! All you need to do is download, print, and hang it up where you can see it. Then, hang on to the digital copy so you can easily navigate the websites included.
If you’d like to get your hands on a monthly lesson plan already prepared like the freebie below then consider joining our Homeschool Library Membership! There are so many perks to this membership, it’s worth WAY MORE than the $7/mo fee!
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