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LuckyGirlx4 August 4th, 2006 06:47 PM

How in the world do you write a lesson plan??? Do you have a calendar? I'm so lost, please help!

joandsarah77 August 4th, 2006 10:42 PM

Doesn't the curriculum you bought already have each lesson set out? I know with Five In A Row that it has a number of ideas for each book in the Manuel. I just read through those ideas and pick and choose what I want to do. I tend to keep that in my head though. Other ideas that I find online to use as well, I write down in a Word document. I am also in the process of writing my own history curriculum. With that also done in Word. I simply have side headings such as Bible, Vocubulary, maths, Science, Writing etc. Then I try and fill those slots with things relevent to the lesson. I think I would need to know more what your curriculum says.

Butter August 5th, 2006 05:16 AM

I have an .sxc (like excel - I use NeoOffice) file. Each colum is a subject/part of a subject (language arts is split into parts for example) and each row is a day of school. I like using the computer file because I can change it easily if she does more or less in a day than planned or we have to take an unplanned day off for some reason. Then I just entered in what I expected we'd do when. It's quite flexible, but it gives me a general guide day to day and tells me when we need to buy the next level of whatever for school.

Shery August 5th, 2006 08:24 AM

I plan each subject out for each child for the year. I look at how many pages or lessons each subject has. I already know that I will be teaching for 30 weeks...5 days each, so that is 150 days. I then write out the lessons by week...Week 1, Days 1-5....Week 2, Days 1-5, etc. until I finish through the 30th week. I do that for each subject, making sure that they will make it through their books.
Then, I have a small notebook that I write out their weekly plans in. This is just a daily list for each one of them, taken from the yearly plan that I have already done, that tells what order they will do their subjects and for approximately how long.
They system is really easy and flexible. The great thing is that once I have it all written down for the year, I don't have to think about it anymore...it is just a matter of doing it.
I hope this helps. I am fairly new at this, but it worked for me last year.

LuckyGirlx4 August 5th, 2006 01:27 PM

Thank you! That was very helpful!

My curriculum has lesson plans (though I am having to put some together and create my own as well), I'm just tyring to figure out how to actually implement all of this and when. Thanks again!

joandsarah77 August 5th, 2006 03:47 PM

I think I'm still a bit confused over what it is your after. Do it whenever it suits you. Can you tell us more what your curriculum says?

Hender_bird August 9th, 2006 12:15 PM

I thought curriculums came with a schedule?

KarateMom August 9th, 2006 02:29 PM

I guess it depends on which curriulum! Our math curriculum has 160 lessons, so I figure on at least 1 a day. The same with The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading. Five In A Row has lesson ideas, but it helps to know in advance which ideas you're going to use.
With Sonlight curriculum, you can order the grade and they send you all the things you need for the entire grade (minus math, I think) for the whole year, and includes lesson plans. (That sounds DREAMY to me! Someone else to plan it all out? *sigh*)

Frelle August 11th, 2006 07:19 AM

My husband and I sit down and make our goals for the year and break things down into how many days a week we will do a subject, for instance. I get a week at a glance planner and put her stuff in there, instead of a lesson plan book or a notebook.

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