Homeschool Help: On Lesson Planning and Schedules

When planning lessons without relying on textbooks, you would want to know what are the lessons required by the accrediting institution you are enrolled under for the school year. For DepEd accredited homeschooling, you may check their website (https://www.deped.gov.ph/k-to-12/about/k-to-12-basic-education-curriculum/) for a comprehensive curriculum guide from K to 12. From that guide, you may list down specific lessons you need to cover per quarter in a spreadsheet. Afterwards, you may list down topics you want to cover under each lesson and further list the possible references and activities you want to do under each topic. You may include supplementary activities, living books and videos to further enrich the lessons. Be sure to include project making at the end so that the student can create an output based on the lessons learned. As you have an overview of all the lessons you need to cover for the whole school year, you may also combine certain topics or re-arrange the order of the lessons so that it is easier for the student. Sometimes, you may use unit-study approach on certain topics.

For those who don’t have the time to plan the lessons and you already have bought books from your homeschool providers to use for the school year, you may look at the table of contents of the book then divide it to 4 quarters so you get an idea how much content you need to cover. Then use that as your guide to make your lesson plans for the quarter. This will allow you to prepare for the activities or experiments which you may want to include. There are some subjects that you would need to do daily, but then others can be less frequent.

While your students are between K to Grades 6, their daily schedule will depend heavily on your availability, but as they become more independent, their daily schedule may vary already. For our family, reading aloud together and family devotions are important so we try to do it everyday at a specific time.

The time spent everyday by Kinder to Grade 2 students probably last around 1.5-3 hours while Grade 3 to Grade 6 spends around 2-4 hours daily. For Grades 7 up, it would probably take 4-5 hours daily.

Planning is important because it will help you navigate your days and it will help you reach your goals in homeschooling. But remember, no plan is perfect. If your current setup or plan doesn’t work, be flexible.

Homeschool Help: FREE Printable Homeschool Planners

If you are planning for your upcoming school year, you would be needing some planners to help you plan and be more intentional with your activities for the day,  the week or the month. There are so many available online and I would like to share with you some that I have found that are giving FREE printable homeschool planners, you just need to subscribe to their email list by signing up your email address.

Shining Mom – http://www.shiningmom.com/free-homeschool-planner-printables/

Living Life & Learning – https://www.livinglifeandlearning.com/free-printable-homeschool-planner.html

Homeschool Den – Homeschool Vision Planner – http://homeschoolden.com/2017/05/16/homeschool-planning-for-next-year-free-planning-pages/

Inspire the Mom – Charlotte Mason Planner – https://www.inspirethemom.com/2020/02/29/updated-free-charlotte-mason-2020-2021-planner/

Wholehearted Homemaking – Charlotte Mason Planner – https://wholeheartedhomemaking.wordpress.com/2020/06/30/organizing-our-homeschool-part-3-free-cm-planner/

I like the Charlotte Mason Planners specially the Year-at-a Glance and Term Recap pages.

11th Grade Curriculum

10 years of homeschooling has passed us by – my daughter is about to start her 11th year homeschooling. This is her first year in Senior High School and we have decided to keep homeschooling under Homeschool Global using the WCFS (Wellspring Christian Family School) US accreditation track. We are quite excited as to what the Lord will bring this year.

Here are the materials we plan to use:

Bible: Bible Truths E from BJU Perss
English Literature: American Literature from BJU Press, Biographies and other novels as recommended by Sonlight
Vocabulary: Vocabulary from Classical Roots D
English Grammar: AOP Lifepac English 11
Science: Apologia Marine Biology
Social Studies: History of US Series
Math: Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2
Electives: Consumer Math
Electives: Apologia General Science
Electives: French through Rosetta Stone
Arts: Art Workshop which includes architecture drawing, realistic drawings
Music: Classical Piano training
Physical Education: Looking for possible materials to use

Aside from all these academic and workshops, I pray that my daughter will be able to learn a bit more about arts since this is what she wants to take up in college.

 

CONNECT: Homeschooling and Intentional Parenting Summit

As a parent who believes in intentional parenting, I am always in the lookout for books and conferences which can inspire me to become a better parent to my children. Now that both of my children are in their teens, I must learn and adjust my parenting alongside them. That is why I am excited to attend the online conference of Educating for Life titled CONNECT: Homeschooling and Intentional Parenting Summit or CHIPS this July 3-5, 2020.

There are over 30+ speakers both for parents and for the children. To see the full list of topics and speakers, please click here. I am personally looking forward to the following talks:

INTENTIONAL PARENTING: BEING ON THE SAME PAGE by Jayson and Kat Lo

THE BRAVE WRITER LIFESTYLE AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY, WHETHER YOU HOMESCHOOL OR NOT by Julie Bogart

TEACHING BOYS AND TEACHING GIRLS: TOWARDS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING by Andrew Pudewa

INTENTIONALLY INTEGRATING FILIPINO HERITAGE IN YOUR HOME CULTURE by Grace Gaston-Dousel

MY CHARACTER IS SHOWING: BUILDING A FOUNDATION THAT WILL PREPARE KIDS FOR REAL LIFE by Bernard Marquez

What’s more is that my daughter is also looking forward to attending the following talks:

FOR TEENS: HOW HOMESCHOOLING PREPARED ME FOR MY ADULT LIFE by Bethany Padrelanan

FOR TEENS: HOMESCHOOLING IS COOL: A HOMESCHOOL GRADUATE’S POINT OF VIEW by Jewelle Villarisco

Unlike past conferences, I don’t have to worry that I might miss some of the sessions since I can access the all 30+ talks for 30 days as long as I attend at least one of the summit days. All these for a very reasonable amount of 1,500 pesos only. It is truly an investment worth making for my family. If you are interested to register, click the registration page. Deadline of payment is until  June 30 but if you pay before June 25, you can get to attend the bonus talk titled “Flavors of Homeschooling: Online Edition”. You get to learn more about homeschooling and its different methodologies!

I’m excited to learn, be inspired to homeschool, and become a better parent! “See” you there!

Mother’s Day 2020 Testimony

Here is what I shared with GCF Nuvali Church last Sunday regarding motherhood…

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Let me share with you something that is close to my heart, motherhood. Since I was young, it has been my dream to raise my children hands-on.  I wanted to be able to witness their milestones, to care and nurture them, to guide and help them and develop a close relationship with them. So  when the Lord blessed me with the gift  of becoming a mother, I knew that I was ready to be a stay-at-home mom. With the support of my husband, I resigned from my full-time job and stayed home to raise the children. I believed that it was the best way of using the time that the Lord has blessed me with.

I didn’t know much about parenting or motherhood or staying home or house chores, but when the kids came, the Lord provided for all our needs, equipped me and I learned how to be a mother along the way. Through the years, I realized that it wasn’t just enough to be “there” for them or to provide for what they need, but I believed that God called us to be “intentional” parents where we saw parenting as a form of discipleship. That led us to take the road less traveled of homeschooling. It wasn’t easy. But it was worth it. As I always say, it’s not just the kids who are learning when you are homeschooling, but the parent-teacher is also learning alongside the kids. I believed that God used this to mold us, and shape us to be better disciples of Christ. We learned from one another and we had a goal together. There were days that I often would wonder if what we are doing is enough, or if they are missing out in life, but after 16 years of motherhood, and 10 years of homeschooling, we finally see some fruits.  As 3 John 1:4 days, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. And that is the goal of our homeschooling and parenting.

 

As a mother, there are hard days, and even harder days. But through it all, I see God’s hand and feel His leading all the time. When I worry, He reminds me to trust in Him and not on my circumstances.  When I fail, He reminds me that He is faithful and will keep His promises. He has always been enough, for all our needs, whether be it emotional, physical, social or spiritual. When uncertainties come knocking on my door, I just have to remember how faithful He has been in the past and believe that He will see us through and He always does, God never fails.