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.

Homeschool Help: Homeschool Organizations

As a homeschool mom, it is of great encouragement to know that there are now many homeschool organizations which I can join and  help me should I need some assistance or support. I’m listing some of those organizations:


HAPI or Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands  was established in 2010. The current HAPI president is Ms. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao.

Mission: To bring together homeschool leaders who will help shape the Philippine homeschool landscape.
Vision: To see home education recognised as an available and respected form of education, shaping leaders and movers who build our nation. (Info taken from HAPI website)

I personally am grateful for the efforts of HAPI to meet with DepEd and let DepEd know the needs of the homeschool community. 

HAPI’s website is http://www.hapi.ph

 

PHA or Philippine Homeschoolers Association was established in 2017. The current PHA president is Ms. Jihan Tan.  PHA  was formed by homeschool co-op families who, after experiencing the benefits of being in a community, decided it was time to give back and pay it forward.

Mission:
1. AWARENESS
2. ACCREDITATION
3. AFFORDABILITY
4. ACCESSIBILITY
5. ACCEPTANCE

(Info taken from PHA about page)

I am following the PHA discussions and the instagram account and it is encouraging to know that awareness about homeschooling in the Philippines has greatly increased. 

PHA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineHomeschoolersAssociation/

EFL or Educating for Life is the team of homeschool moms who came together to establish  several of the homeschool conferences in the past years. The members are Michelle Padrelanan, Sanne Unson, Mariel Uyquiengco, and Tina Rodriguez.

Mission: To provide avenues for parents to connect with one another through the various workshops, events, and seminars that are tailor-fit to the homeschool community. (Info taken from EFL website)

I have been to almost every conference that EFL has organized and I am grateful for all the encouragement and equipping workshops that I’ve been to. 

EFL Website is http://www.educatingforlife.co/

HOP or Homeschoolers of the Philippines is an online Facebook community group. It currently has 14,000+ members and the founder of this group is Ms. Donna Pangilinan-Simapo

The main reason why this group was established is to be a support group for the homeschoolers in the Philippines. This group was formed in 2012.

There are many FAQ articles, activity lists and books for sale being posted. You also get to organize meet ups in your local area through this FB group. I have greatly benefited from this HOP group over the years. 

HOP’s Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303988516361928/

Homeschool Help: World War II Resources

We have been learning about the World War II in our Mystery of History Volume IV lessons recently. It is a very heavy topic but I believe that the children should learn more than just what the book says. Thankfully, there are many historical novels and historical fiction books and movies that they can go through to give them a firm grasp of what happened during those gruesome years.

Here are some movies on World War II events:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Hacksaw Ridge
    3. Saving Private Ryan
    4. Schindler’s List
    Here are some books on World War II :
    1. Adventures of a Child of War
    2. Barefoot in Fire

3. Parallel Journeys

4. Boy in Striped Pyjamas

Homeschool Help: Multiple Intelligences

Have you heard of the theory of multiple intelligences by Howard Gardner? He states that there are a number of ways by which students learn and develop. Knowing these intelligences can help us teach our children more effectively. There are 8 dominant learning styles:

  1. Visual Spatial – they think in terms of space. They like jigsaw puzzles, draw, read maps and daydream. They can be taught through drawings, visuals and physical imager
  2. Bodily Kinesthetic – they use the body very effectively. They like movement, making things, touching, They learn best through role-playing and hands-on learning.
  3. Musical -they are sensitive to sound in the environment. They appreciate musical instruments, music and can learn by turning lessons into lyrics.
  4. Interpersonal – they often interact with others. They thrive in group activities and workshops. They need time and attention from the instructor.
  5. Intrapersonal – they have a deep understanding of their own goal and interests. They are usually in tune with their feelings, and have strong opinions. They thrive in self-study and they like journaling, books and creative materials.
  6. Linguistic – they use words effectively. They are auditory learners and enjoy word games, making up stories or poetry. They learn through read alouds and lectures.
  7. Logical-Mathematical – they excel in reasoning and calculating. They can think abstractly and see patterns easily. They love mystery games, investigations and logic games.
  8. Naturalistic – they learn best with an experience in the natural world. They love to be outside and learn as they get their hands dirty. They are naturally curious about their environment and surroundings and ask endless questions.