I have been planning for our inaugural homeschool year. Dabbling in a little preparation here and there. Sending my kids to school is easy because they tell you when school starts. So when do you start your homeschool year? Today I talk about getting started and my loooong list of todo’s so that I am ready and prepared for the year…I hope!
I have planned our curriculum, and have most of it. The rest will be given to us before our co-op meets for the first time. The co-op doesn’t meet until September, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start some of our own stuff, does it? I know I don’t want to wait until September…
I know what I want to do, but haven’t exactly gotten on the ball to create some of the things I want to use. Deadlines work well for me so maybe I need to set one for myself. Oh how my mind jumps around!
Start Your Homeschool Year
So when to start? I know I want to start sooner than later as I want to give us time to adjust to homeschooling. Taking breaks throughout the school year, or lightening up on the workload when we want/need it are just some of the reasons I want to start sooner. I also know I want to end before Memorial Day. I feel like learning just doesn’t happen after Memorial Day.
My original thought was to start on August 1st, but now I am thinking of starting next Monday. I figure we can roll out reading, math, and spelling/vocabulary before I attempt to add in more. I also want to avoid the inevitable summer slump that happens.
How I Am Preparing For Monday
I love lists. I have a ton of lists for various things on my phone. One of which is my homeschooling todo list. Here it is!
- Assess the kids word study level. Word study is a developmental approach to teaching spelling, phonics, and vocabulary. It is a great alternative to traditional spelling lists because kids are learning to at their ability level. Kids are learning how and why words are spelled the way they are so that they can use that knowledge to spell unknown words. This isn’t your typical weekly memorization list. In progress
- Assess kids reading level. I am a reading specialist and I have assessed and analyzed reading data for years. Currently I see no issue with finding out where my kids are in reading so that I can work with them. This opinion may change once I start homeschooling.
Assemble daily journals. I plan to use a daily journal for reviewing certain concepts Assess Diesel’s math level. Done, now I need to use this info to prepare review lessons. Also done! Gather math materials for Rocket. We are using Math Mammoth and she doesn’t make a specific math curriculum so I am using her tips for kindergarteners. I will adjust and buy something if need be. I have some materials ready to go.
- Notebooking papers for Diesel’s reading. Diesel is a fluent reader and more focused on increasing his comprehension. I want to create a set of notebooking papers we can use to facilitate our lessons.
- Adapt school reading plans for home. As stated above, I want to rework some comprehension lessons I used in school for home. Less lecture and more discussion is what I’m picturing in my head.
- Set up work space. I have a room and now I need to organize and set it up
- Send in letter of intent.
This is where I am at currently. I can add to the list, but then I would get overwhelmed and shut down. One step at a time.
What Is Swirling In The Back of My Head
- Piano lessons
- Spanish lessons
- Science units and learning materials
- History timeline and learning materials
- All the books I want to read for myself 🙂
On top of all the things I need to prepare for them, there are so many books that I want to read about classical education and learning in general. There just isn’t enough time!
Start Your Homeschool Year…Now
I think I am going to do it. I am going to start on Monday…eek! It’s going to be a huge mind and schedule shift in our house, but there is no time like the present!
When do you start your year? What do you do to prepare for a new school year?
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