As I have mentioned before in my BFIAR organization post, I am starting preschool at home with my almost three year old starting in the fall. I am beginning to gather ideas for what I am going to do each week, and I am trying to get a feel for what it is like to plan out my ideas and organize them.
First, I purchased the book Before Five in a Row from Ebay. I am not planning on only using the books from the program because some of them are out of print. Plus, there are SO many good books out there that we have already that I want to add to our program too.
Then, I made lesson plan template where I can sketch out what we will do each week. I am planning on spending about an hour a day for school time, so we will probably get about one activity or subject area done each day. I’m sure there will be some days where we will do more and some days we will do less. That is the best part of this program, it allows for the flexibility to do that. The PDF for the lesson plan sheet is below.
So far, what I have done is go through Before Five in a Row for 3 of the books and create a checklist of the activities I want to do that week. I wrote my ideas on the back of the lesson plan sheet. As the start of school gets closer, I can plan out more specifically what I am doing each day, but for right now a checklist will help me remember what I read and organize other ideas I have found for each book.
As time gets closer to the official start of school, I plan on sitting down with my lesson plan sheet on Saturday or Sunday night and sketch out the week and pick specific activities for each day (dependent on our schedule for that particular week). For right now, I am getting excited about getting started and am having fun looking for and organizing my ideas.
What are the most important things to you as you prepare for homeschooling?