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My New Plan for Lesson Plans

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, 09-06-2011 at 06:30 AM (4104 Views)

As we are attempting to get into the swing of a new school year, one of the things that I have always found to be greatly helpful in keeping me on track as teacher is having lesson plans. In the past I've taken great pains in preparing these for each of my children.

When I sat down to work on them for this upcoming week of school, I couldn't shake the feeling that I've been reinventing the wheel, so to speak. You see, our core curriculum is Homeschool, Afterschool, Summer Study - Time4Learning. They already have a set of lesson plans for each subject in each grade level which I've dutifully printed out. It occurred to me that all I really need to do is make these available to each of my children.

I have my kids do Language Arts and LA Extensions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Science and Social Studies are tackled on Tuesday and Thursday. Math and Spelling need to be practiced every day. I made up a chart for each child showing the days for each subject, laminated it (my husband calls me "The Laminator") and put it in the front of the 3 ring binder I've provided for each child. There is a divided section for each subject with the lesson plans printed from the website. I also have a section for me to store the weekly reports of my children's work and progress which I will print from the site.
As I mentioned, I want my kids to practice their spelling words every day. To do this, we use another site, Spelling & Vocabulary Website: SpellingCity. On their chart I've given them specific tasks to do for their spelling work each day of the week:
  • Monday: Do the Teach Me Exercise and the Vocabulary Match It
  • Tuesday: Print each word 3 times and do the Vocabulary "Word-O-Rama" game
  • Wednesday: Use each word in a sentence (online)
  • Thursday: Write each word 3 times in cursive
  • Friday: Take both the spelling and vocabulary tests

I'm hopeful that this system will work well and help my children learn to take responsibility in getting their school work done, while simplifying my task of keeping track of it.


  1. Unregistered's Avatar
    We just started with T4L this week, up until now we were with an online charter, so this is the first year we're doing school "on our own". I've been trying to figure out our lesson plan and I think your's sound like it would work for us too. I have 2 2nd graders and spelling is their downfall. Thanks for posting!