Yep, you read that right folks. The school year for 2015-16. Because that’s how we roll in the Shire.
Since I homeschool I want to be prepared for what’s to come the next school year.
“But, but, this school year isn’t even over yet.”
You are correct, at least not for us–hoping this kid will be done by the end of May!!
In the meantime, I’m planning for next year. Since you know, I’ll be doing two of them full time now. *I can do this. I can do this*
So the reasoning behind me planning this early is a.) already mentioned above with homeschooling the two older boys and b.) we are switching back to the Lifepac curriculum that we used before this school year. As I mentioned in this blog post last week, I hate Switched on Schoolhouse. Why? Because my eldest child needs supervision in order to get his work done. So when I would walk away to deal with Turbo or Chunky Monkey or do various other things about the house, I would later find out that he only got little of his schoolwork done. Which is sooo not cool. And c.) I feel like if I don’t plan out the majority of it now, of what I can do because I don’t have String Bean’s curriculum yet, I won’t feel so overwhelmed when it does get closer to when we start.
The nerd in me–although my bestie doesn’t call it nerdiness, she calls it organized, I’m still a nerd :)–got pretty excited about things and started making binders for the boys’ school stuff.
What’s in this binder you ask?
Well, lemme show you!!
First, gotta get a binder. I chose the kind that comes in the white option and has the clear front pocket do-dad. So I can do this —>
It’s soo pretty. I mean, it’s a pretty cool looking–dealing with boys here, it can’t be “pretty”–**ahem* binder cover. I stumbled upon another homeschooler mom’s website and that’s where I found cover for my binder. She has a ton of them to fit your personal style. She also has back covers for them, but I only opted for the front. The one that’s pictured is the one for String Bean’s binder. This cover is the one I chose for Turbo. She has this seven step homeschool planner that she offers on her blog and has all sorts of printables for you to make your own curriculum planner.
On the inside…
I’ve got these pocket dividers for each of the kids’ subjects that they are tackling that year. The pockets are great for papers to stuff in for the specific subjects. Fantastic!
There’s a full calendar of the school year that I got from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus blog to show what dates we will be having school and when we have breaks, i.e. Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, etc. I also have a monthly calendar to break down the school year. I believe I made this calendar in Word…not entirely sure, its been awhile, I’ve used it probably since String Bean was in 1st grade.
So if there’s a test that I know is going to happen, I write it down on that date and that way I can let String Bean know when he’s got a test coming up. Also, I don’t know if you can see it in the top corner but I’ve used highlighters to mark each subject when something happens. For example, when he has a project or a test I can just write “TEST” and highlight it yellow,green or whatever color it is depending on what subject it’s for.
I also have in there a snapshot if you will of the unit topics of what will be covered in his curriculum for this year.
I found the topics on the Alpha Omega website and just looked at the scope and sequence for his grade level and typed it up. I figured he would be doing a unit every month, give or take. Obviously there will be some flexibility as we might have sick days or something comes up where we might not be doing any school work on certain days.
There’s also a lesson plan that I made up for well, obviously lesson planning.
All the binder stuff that’s listed above is what is mostly in String Bean’s binder. Turbo’s on the other hand is a tad different. He still has a monthly calendar in there, and the pocket dividers but I’m adding in his curriculum Science and Bible studies, since it isn’t in his Kindergarten curriculum. I’m sooo excited!!
I found this pretty neat idea for, I guess ideas for each little unit I’m going to do for his science studies. Basically, if you find something interesting on Pinterest you can take the little image of that pin and print it out and glue it to paper to stick in your binder. But I thought, why waste so much paper? I just took the images and copied it into a Word document with the unit title above it and date of when we’re doing the unit and printed that bad boy out. And voilà–>
This way I can jot down notes of things I want to do with this unit and other things.
I’m pretty much done with the binder, I just need to figure out how I’m going to work this homeschooling two munchkins instead of the one. I’ve heard from other multiple-child homeschoolers when they have younger ones, they have a rotation where every so many minutes one older kid plays with the younger ones while the others are being taught, and then they switch. Or here’s another idea, I can do chunks of time, so that we do everything together like the lessons during a 2 hour period and then do any experiments and activities after lunch.
I don’t know, I haven’t decided yet. I guess I still have time!
How do you homeschoolers schedule multiple children and have little ones yet?