HC Lesson Planning

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**UPDATE**
July, 2005 -- I am making available a scanned image of one of my own Daily Lesson Maps to show how it looks in "real life." ;) In the sample, my notations for Self Tests and LifePac Tests can be seen. At the right of a day's page numbers I make a note of "ST" for Self Tests. When we have a LifePac Test, I always try to have that be the only work done in that subject for the day, so the day's 'Begin" column says "Review" and the 'End' column says "LPT." [br][br] Lesson Map Snapshot

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September, 2004 -- At the request of a visitor to Homeschool Country, I am adding a new form. It is a very simplified Grade Book form that is based directly from my Lesson Map form. Anyone using the Lesson Map form to plan lessons will find it very easy to post daily grades to the Grade Book form. You will need to print out one Grade Book form for each subject.

Grade Book - Microsoft Word document

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September, 2001 -- I've revised the Average Pages Worksheet to make it easier to use. Scroll down to learn about this form and get a look at the new layout.

In the hope of assisting others with managing the lesson-planning aspect of homeschooling, I offer here my own method. This will be most helpful to others using Alpha Omega LifePacs or other similiar worktexts, but can be adapted for use with any curriculum. I use these same charts and worksheets for planning my children's A Beka math lessons as well.

If you are familiar with Alpha Omega's LifePacs, you already know that each subject has ten LifePacs for the year. I choose to divide mine up so that we do three the first quarter, two the second quarter, three the third quarter, and two the fourth. This is simply my preference. I like having the second and fourth quarters a little lighter loads since the 2nd quarter is done through the holiday season and we like time to do family projects, and the 4th quarter takes us to the end of the year when we all like to have a lighter load!

So once you print out the charts, WHAT NEXT? I will outline my method, step-by-step, and fill in charts for an example. The example will be numbered to correspond with the numbered steps given. The charts for actual printing will be linked from this page.

This chart, my Average Pages Worksheet, is where I begin to prepare our LifePac lessons for each year. I do it this way for two reasons: 1) It averages the LPs out over the number of days I plan to school, and 2) It gives me an opportunity to quickly overview each LP.

  1. Choose a subject, we'll say Bible 800. Put its heading in the Subject/Level box.
  2. Flip to the back of each Bible 800 LP and see what the last numbered page [leaving out blank ones]. Record this number in the corresponding box labeled LP1, LP2, and so on, near the bottom of the chart.
  3. Total the pages in each column, and transfer their totals to the corresponding "total pages" box.
  4. Divide the total pages for the quarter by the number of days in that quarter. Round up your answer so as to allow for the final test and so that the LP won't run over its allotted time. Enter this number next to "pages per day." Do this for each quarter. [Note: I use a standard 180-day school year, with 9 weeks per quarter. While that comes out to 45 days per quarter, I oftentimes will use a number less than 45 for this worksheet so that we have extra days for family projects and so on.]
  5. Take the number of pages for LP 1 and divide it by pages per day for the first quarter. Enter this number under "Days/LP" across from LP1. Round your numbers so that the total number of days for the quarter equals your original days in quarter--in the example this would be 45. (i.e., if there are days left over, I give these to the larger LPs.)
  6. After this chart is filled out, I then go to my next chart, my Daily Lesson Map, where I "map out" the daily lessons for the year.

To print out this worksheet for your own use:
Go to the online version Average Pages Worksheet
OR
Go to the easy-to-print Microsoft Word document Average Pages Worksheet.
This document can be saved to your own computer if you like.

*SAMPLE* AVERAGE PAGES WORKSHEET

(1)Subject/Level: Bible 800

(3)Total pages in

LP's 1-3 =

88 total pages

Total pages in

LP's 4-5 =

75 total pages

Total pages in

LP's 6-8 =

118 total pages

Total pages in

LP's 9-10 =

91 total pages

(4)Divide by 45 days in 1st qtr =

2 pages per day

Divide by 45 days in 2nd qtr =

2 pages per day

Divide by 45 days in 3rd qtr =

2.6 - 3 pages per day

Divide by 45 days in 4th qtr =

2 pages per day

(2)1st qtr

Pages/LP

Days/LP

2nd qtr

Pages/LP

Days/LP

3rd qtr

Pages/LP

Days/LP

4th qtr

Pages/LP

Days/LP

LP1 --

 

LP4 --

 

LP6 --

 

LP9 --

 

LP2 --

 

LP5 --

 

LP7 --

 

LP10 --

 

LP3 --

 

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LP8 --

 

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Below you will find a sample portion of the worksheet I use for "mapping" out my children's homeschooling lessons. It is where I can make certain their lessons are spread out evenly, their quarterly tests are BEFORE the quarter ends J , and generally organize everything for the year on a single sheet of paper per subject. I can make all the mistakes I want to on this, or recopy it if necessary. Once I have it all ironed out, I can enter the daily lessons into my Homeschool Easy Records program. Before I had that, however, I entered the daily assignments into record books for the students. Either way, they get a daily lesson plan that includes all their subjects, and I have a reference for when quizzes or tests are scheduled.

The columns each represent 45 days--1 quarter. I use a 180-day school year. Each "numbered" box shows the school day we are on [from 1 thru 180] as well as the actual date. Under BEGIN I put the number of the first page or first lesson for that day, and under END I put the final page or lesson for that day, or any quizzes or tests. Youu will notice that some of my sample lessons show an "x" after a page number--this is because I go through each LifePac individually, marking each day's endpoint with an "x." Most days this is the end of a page, so the "x" isn't needed in the lesson plan, but when the endpoint is in the middle of a page, I note that with a lesson plan entry like "3x," for example.

To print the full worksheet for your own use:
Go to the online version Daily Lesson Map
OR
Go to the easy-to-print Microsoft Word document Daily Lesson Map.
This document can be saved to your own computer where you can type in the dates if you like.

*SAMPLE* DAILY LESSON MAP FOR SCHOOL YEAR 1999 -- 2000

SUBJECT/LEVEL: _________________ STUDENT: _________________

1ST QUARTER

2ND QUARTER

3RD QUARTER

4TH QUARTER

DATE

BEGIN

END

DATE

BEGIN

END

DATE

BEGIN

END

DATE

BEGIN

END

1--9/1

1

3x

46--11/4

91--1/25

136--3/29

2--9/2

3x

5

47--11/5

92--1/26

137--3/30

3--9/3

6

9

48--11/8

93--1/27

138--3/31

4--9/7

10

14x

49--11/9

94--1/28

139--4/3

5--9/8

14x

17

50--11/10

95--1/31

140--4/4

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