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Homeschool Help: On Schedule and Lesson Planning

I have to admit. Lesson planning is not my strength. In the past 6 years that we have been homeschooling, I just go along with the book we have chosen for the school year and prepare the materials as needed everyday. I check the teacher’s guide and use that as a reference. Sometimes, we do a bit of unit study – so I research and download what we need and print them out. And we continue on and the cycle repeats itself. We just create projects to culminate the lessons we have learned and keep them as part of our portfolio for the school year.

This year, as my daughter is in 7th grade, I think I should be more intentional in planning for record keeping purposes.

Here are some tips on scheduling and lesson planning that I have learned over the years:

  1. Scheduling and lesson planning is different for each family. What works for me may not work for you. Some parents like to use digital planners while some prefer written planners. Some might want to schedule their day according to time  while others want a more relaxed schedule and schedule it according to subject.

    I have reviewed some digital homeschool planners you can use, and you can go ahead and browse through them. Personally though, I am a pen and paper planner so I would go for those that I can print and write on.

    I have shared our homeschool schedule when my daughter was just in 3rd grade and my son was in preschool, now that they are in higher grades, this schedule is a bit more full and may take a few hours more.

  2. I read some homeschool mom blogs that help me plan the year ahead of us and see if it will help me get more organized. Then I try to implement it and see if it fits our family’s homeschool.

    Here are some sites that were really helpful for us this school year:

    Donna Young – she shares  free printable planners and how to plan.

    Free Homeschool Deals – list of free homeschool planners, lists and forms.

    Donna Simpao – she shares how she plans the topics she will teach and how to do blending learning across subjects. She does unit studies.

    Kim Sorgius – she shares 10 steps for planning your homeschool year.

  3. The learning style of your children and your teaching style will be a factor in creating your schedule and lesson plans.

    My daughter is very visual and she likes words too so she enjoys reading a lot. I ask her to use blank-paged notebooks to write her notes on as she usually uses drawings to record her learnings. We usually look for chapter books or picture books that complements her lessons, especially in world history.

    My son is visual and auditory but I am not very auditory at all. I would need to do some more research this school year so that he can get to watch videos for his Science or Social Studies, and we can also use songs to enhance memory work in Bible.

    I realized that I could have done more than just breeze through our lessons for the past years, especially for my son. Hopefully, I will be able to implement these lessons that I have learned consistently in this school year.

 

 

My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping Review

My daughter will be in high school soon so I need to be organized and  keep records more efficiently. MySchoolYear.com has a product that promises to help me do just that!  I was given an annual membership access to My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) in exchange for a review through the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) is a digital product that helps you plan and track school work. It is accessible by a web browser like Safari or Chrome on a computer or through any mobile gadget.

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Record keeping and planning are not my strengths. In homeschooling middle school and high school students, it is important to start tracking what the student has been learning and doing in every school year. MySchoolYear.com knows this  and has provided a platform to help parents become more organized and better planners.  There is so much one can do in this program.

As I created my login and logged into the system, the first thing I did was setup students.

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Since I have 2 kids, I entered both their names. Then I setup our school’s name, the term or the school year dates, the and the subjects that they have. I took time in adding the materials they used for each subject.

 

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I can also set the grading scale to be used. I can choose to use numbers based or letters based or just pass/fail.

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As I navigate through the menu, I noticed the main parts of the program includes Homeroom, Planbook, Reports and Teacher’s Aid.

It is in the Homeroom that I can see the summary of our school year. It shows the classes that I have assigned to my daughter. I have customized the classes and even set how many pages she needs to have read each day. I can also see the summary of my child’s attendance record for the whole school year. Events, awards and reading list can also be seen in this page. The number of extra-curricular activities and the standardized tests can also be seen as charts.

myschoolyear4 Under Planbook, this is where you can see the assignments for the week.

Under Report, this is the report generating section of the program. One can easily choose which report is needed and customize the report. As you click on the view report button, PDF files are generated. This PDF files can be emailed or printed as required by your state or your homeschool provider.

Teacher’s Aid reminds the teacher to complete the information needed to make the program work effectively.
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What I Like About the Program:

I like the simple menu and easy navigation of the system.

This is a simple program that busy moms like you and me can easily learn. Though I believe that one needs to spend a few days to understand and set up the whole system, it is doable and simple enough to do. Once you understand how it works, you will enjoy creating lesson plans for your students. Updating the completion and the grades is easy as you can set the program to automatically compute the grade. The Create-A-Plan lesson generator helps mom to create lessons in bulk and saves time.

I also like the reports generated by the system.

The reports look professional and is flexible. I can print any report depending on what I need. Transcripts, report cards, lesson plans, instructional hours, materials by lesson and reading logs are just some of the reports that can be generated. myschoolyear3

I like the flexibility of the program. I can easily customize the lesson plans and the reports as needed.

The price for monthly membership fee is $5 ad just $40 for annual membership. Both can be used for  unlimited number of students. If you are still unsure, go and try the system first with a free trial.

For more information, please follow their social media accounts at
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MySchoolYearWeb/ or at
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/@MySchoolYearWeb or
Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+MyschoolyearWeb

Check out what the rest of the review crew thinks about this product.

Homeschool Record Keeping {MySchoolYear.com Review}

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Upcoming Homeschool Workshops

Are you interested to homeschool your children but not quite sure how to do it? You can check out the internet and find hundreds of resources. But sometimes, you may want to interact with others and ask questions directly, so attending conferences and seminars is the next best move.

Here are some upcoming workshops you might want to check out!

The Learning Basket’s The Early Years: Homeschooling 2 to 6 Years Old

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This seminar will be happening on June 25, Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Learning Plus Bookstore, Ground Floor, Fun Ranch, Pasig City. The learning fee is 600 pesos.

Expect to learn about the mindset of homeschooling your young child,  different activities that you can do at home, take your first steps toward homeschooling your 2 to 6 year old and learn about your homeschooling options in the Philippines.

Click here to register.

Manila Workshop’s Homeschooling Essentials in the South

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The event will happen on July 2 Saturday at Insular Life Corporate Centre Corporate Ave, Alabang. The learning fee is 999 pesos.

This workshop aims to explain the essentials of homeschooling like:

Making Your Goals

Making a Mission Statement

Choosing a Curriculum

Making a Lesson Plan

Grades in Homeschooling

Making a Portfolio

Hear from moms who have done homeschooling in different approaches (Eclectic, Literature-based and Waldorf) and be able to ask them your questions.

Inclusions: Homeschooling Planner, Homeschooling Workshop Notebook, Tote Bag with a lot freebies! We also have raffle tickets as well!

To Register, visit: http://manilaworkshops.com/HomeschoolingSouth

 

Homeschool Buyers Co-op’s Homeschool Planet Review

Buying curriculum as a homeschool family can sometimes be costly,because we can’t get the bulk discounts, but thankfully, through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op we can get discounted prices! Homeschool Buyers Co-op is a family-owned and operated business, which seeks to help homeschooling families get the best curriculum at the lowest price possible. Today, I will be reviewing a program that they have developed to help parents organize their daily schedules. Homeschool Buyers Co-op has given me a full year access of their online homeschool planner,  Homeschool Planet in exchange for a review. 

Homeschool Planet Review

Homeschool Planet is very easy to use. As long as you have a computer, with a browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, and an internet connection , then you are good to go. You can also view the planner through your mobile devices.

Moms like you and me are very busy and we don’t want to spend much time learning how an online planner works. This is what I like best about Homeschool Planet, there is very little learning needed. It is very straight forward to use. As soon as you have created your account with Homeschool Buyer Co-op, you can click on the link to Homeschool Planet and it takes you to your online planner.

The first thing I did was to modify my profile and make it personalized by assigning a school name, choosing settings like when I want the email digest to be sent to me and assigning school days and days off. I added our subjects and categories which fitted our family’s lifestyle. I edited the grading categories according to our needs. I also chose a theme for our planner. I added my family members and created a log-in for my kids to use as well.

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As for the planner view, there are 3 views available.

The daily view:

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The weekly view:

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The monthly view:

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I used the weekly view most often. Adding a new task was fairly easy. You just need to click on the time and date when you want the activity to happen.

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Indicate the class details, like the Subject, the Title and for whom the class is for. You can also choose the frequency of the class. It has some pre-made choices but you can also specify your preferences if it is not on the list.

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For the reports, the system has different printable sets of reports for record keeping purposes. There is the assignment list, class notes, grade report, class hours and transcripts.

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One of the unique features of Homeschool Planet is the helpers. There is a grading helper which assists you in making sure you have completely entered your kids grades for each assignment and there is the rescheduling helper which assist you in changing your schedule like reschedule overdue assignments or scheduling a day off and reassigning the tasks  without having to do them one by one.

If you want a printed planner, there is a print feature which allows you to print the viewed schedule on your screen. This is best if you don’t want your students to login anymore just to see their schedules for the day.

I absolutely love the Homeschool Planet! Scheduling our days has never been more convenient for me. Let me list down the reasons why:

– It is easy to use. I have seen a number of online planners before and Homeschool Planet really made its system easy to understand. The simple menu and the organized flow of information is something that I really appreciate.  From creating a task until creating a report, I didn’t have a hard time doing any of it. It makes my record keeping easy and enjoyable!

– One planner for the entire family. I don’t have to go back and forth from one student to the other, I can easily see what our schedules look like and don’t have to be afraid that our schedules are over lapping.

–  The planner and reports are easily printable. No need to be online just to check our daily schedule.

– Class hours are automatically computed for easy reporting.

– Each student has their own login and can keep track of their assignments and chores. It teaches the students to be more independent and responsible with their assigned work.

– Daily digest sent to my email, so even before I start my day, I know what to expect!

Homeschool Planet is free to try for 30 days! You can try it out yourself and see if it fits your style.

Homeschool Planet only costs $6.95/month or $65/year.

For more information, please visit the Homeschool  Buyers Co-op Facebook or follow them on  Twitter at hsbuyerscoop and on their Google + account : https://plus.google.com/112069021534542740249/about

To see what others think about this product, check the rest of the reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

Homeschool Planet Review

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Homeschool Help: How to Begin Homeschooling Preschoolers

Homeschooling preschoolers is a challenge but it is doable. So where do I start? This is a question I often get and I would try to answer that through this post. Before you even begin looking at curriculum or activities for your child, you must decide why you want to homeschool your preschooler first. Remember that at the preschool age, it is important that you instill a love for learning on your kids so that when they go to primary grades, they will enjoy learning themselves and have good study habits.

1. It is very important that you know why you are doing this so that when tough days come, you have a goal and a reason to go back to.

2. Once you have a goal, it would be good to know your own learning style and the learning style of your child. This will enable you to know what kinds of materials both of you would enjoy doing. I have made a post about learning styles here.

3. Afterwards, you can begin looking for materials which suits your child and which you are comfortable using as well. You don’t have to spend much for preschoolers as there are many available online.

Here are some good sites to start looking for curriculum and preschool materials:

> Confessions of a Homeschooler

> Totally Tots

> 1+1+1=1

> Homeschool Creations

> An Old Fashioned Education

> Letter of the Week

If you need planners and forms, you can check out Donna Young’s site.

 

If you want some free interactive sites, you can visit the following:

> Starfall

> Story Time for me

> Progressive Phonics