Homeschool Planning Resources
Homeschooling is not as difficult as what you heard from others. In fact, homeschooling can be so rewarding when you see your child learning and achieving something. As parents, you don’t need to have an impressive educational background or funds to start your homeschool. With enough time to research and continuous learning you can be the best teacher your child has ever had. There is no doubt that homeschooling offers positive benefits when it comes to your child’s academic, social , spiritual and emotional well-being. Studies shows that homeschoolers are academically advanced compare to their private and public school peers.
The benefits of homeschooling weighs down the benefits of sending them to a traditional school. So now that your made up your mind about homeschooling, here are some tips to get you ready for it. Its not going to be a walk in the park but this will help you in going through the ups and down of homeschooling.
Decision to Homeschool – Making that big decision to homeschool your children is not an easy one. It comes with a challenge that sometimes parents will have a hard time getting through it. So before making that decision make sure that you consider all the factors before saying yes to the challenge. Do you have enough time? Are you willing to do some personal sacrifice? These are just a few questions that you need to ask yourself.
Start the School Year Right – After the laid back days of summer its time for you to get ready y making sure that your have your household organized and your school area ready. Have your homeschool schedule ready and make sure to plan their activities ahead of time.
Be Familiar with Homeschool Laws – Before you jump into making a homeschool teacher a career just make sure to check on your homeschool laws.
Choose a Support Group – Meeting other homeschool parents is the a great way to get an inside information. Although it may take sometime to the find the right group for you, but once you already establish yourself in a group this will give you a lot of advantage. You can get valuable information and tips on how to run your own homeschool. The group can be you’re shoulder to cry on and these are the people who can give you encouragement that you needed when you are getting through something.
Curriculum – Choosing the right curriculum can be a daunting task for first time homeschoolers. But this should not scare you for there many ways of finding the right curriculum that fits your teaching style and your family. You can always check online for information, reviews and free printables to help you get the right decision.
Keep a Record – Parents should never neglect the importance of record keeping. You can keep your record through blogging or writing it on a journal.
Basic Scheduling – What makes homeschool special is the student’s freedom to do what they want. So sometimes finding the right schedule that works for the family is difficult. But once you figure it out things will just go on smoothly.
Forms essential for Homeschool Planning
For homeschool planning, the planner forms are essential. It makes the task easier by enabling you to record various aspects of educational studies of your children. Since several types of homeschool planner forms are available, you can avail the one that suits your requirements the best and that to for free. Before you decide on lesson planners, browse through the available forms that are given in Sets. Sets refer to such homeschool forms that are placed on a web page as they have certain things in common.
The different kinds of Homeschool Planner Forms
Title Page: This planner is useful if it is meant for a single child. Parents having more than one child can use this planner to note things like school year. A photograph can also be added to the cover. It can be easily made by means of word processor application.
Calendar: It helps in the year’s initial planning. The school calendars are available in several types and most of them, especially the 13-months calendars start in months like January, May, June, July, August and September. While in some calendars like Blue Calendar, the months are placed in columns of three; in others like Clean calendar and Ruled Calendar, the months are there in columns of two. In case of a vertical green calendar, all the months are placed across the page, with the days of each month running down in the month’s single specified column. The vertical green calendar is available Pokies in two types, 12 months and 13 months calendar and both of them have different starting months.
Event Calendars: The Event Calendars are useful in recording field trips, appointments and lessons that have been taken outside the home. While some event calendars provide space for recording activities of each day, others provide for activities of each month.
Attendance: Those who are planning to include the attendance of their child in the cover school will find this form extremely useful. The attendance forms enable you to keep a tab on the child’s attendance, in terms of a week, month or semester.
Course of Study: It will help you in directing the education of your child by listing the books that are required for the classes. You can make it more beneficial by including it in the cover school. It can include the list of curriculum and reference subjects. Besides the main books, additional books can also be listed.
Goals and Objectives: It is not only valuable for planning and remembering temporary objectives but also various kinds of goals, which may or may not be related to school. Being a parent your duty is to create character goals for your children. You can even base the goals and objectives for the working habits and work of your children.
Curriculum Key: The curriculum key is considered to be useful, in terms of the weekly schemer notebook. It assigns a key to the books so that instead of writing the book’s name in the lesson plans repeatedly, you can just use the keys. The key also helps you in remembering the name of the book. For example, the key for “Worldly Wise Book 3” can be WW3.
Book List Forms: In various ways, the book list forms help in keeping a tab on the books. The forms not only include the names, authors, keys and starting date of reading the book but also chapters and opinions. Some forms are meant for listing library books and have a due date mentioned on them so that your child can keep a track regarding when to finish the book.
Checklist: It is important for those availing subject planner, as it enables to keep a track on what needs to be done and what has been done. There are spaces on its left side, where the subjects can be written. In fact, the additional spaces enable you to add subjects that will be done occasionally like software programs. You can easily mark the boxes, in accordance with the date and subjects that your kids have opted for, on that day.
Grade Forms: The grade forms are excellent in keeping track of your child’s grades and test scores. The forms are capable of recording grades for a maximum of 10 subjects. Since, the grades forms are usually divided at an interval of 3 weeks, 6 weeks or 1 year, you can easily average the grades.
Household Cleaning Forms: These are of immense help to you only if you are interested in including it in the homeschool planner, the list of household chores.
Meal Planner Forms: The basic meal plans help you in organizing the menus of the week, as per your busy schedule. You can either avail those forms, where the menus are categorized as per the four meals of the day and seven days of the week. You can also opt for those forms, where the menus are categorized as per one meal; for example, the lunch, for five or seven days a week. Those who find time for cooking in the weekends can opt for forms that are divided into two parts, the first part is meant for the menus to be cooked during the weekdays and the lower part is meant for the weekends.
Journal Forms: The Journal Forms are useful for recording miscellaneous items like reminders, poems, phrases, inspirational essays and even, devotionals.
Forms for Outside Activities: These forms are useful for recording outside activities such as field trips, homeschool meetings and extracurricular activities. It can also be used for recording phone numbers, usernames, passwords and website URLs.
Homeschool Lesson Plans’ Forms: This form is considered to be an essential part of the planner. The kind of planner made by you is defined by the lesson plan forms availed.
You can also avail forms that are handy for both you and your children such as math drill, art forms, composition paper and note taking forms. You can make use of them easily by having copies of it and keeping the master copy with yourself.