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How long do you lesson plan each week?

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Question: How long does it take you to lesson plan?

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I was just wondering how long it takes you to make your lessons each week. I have just one child doing hs right now, and he is in Kinder. I usually plan on Saturdays, and am finding it takes me about 1.5 to 2 hours. How about you ~ when do you plan, and how long do you spend doing it?
by on Sep. 22, 2013 at 7:13 AM
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bether89
by Bronze Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 12:25 AM

 I have boxed curriculum. So I just write down my schedule for the week, check my materials list, and follow the teachers guide.

For my preschooler, I just kind of wing it.

MammaG08
by Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 7:28 AM

 That's how I feel sometimes too, but I just love having the freedom to plan and get creative with his learning ~ and then see it being put into action and what he gets from it is very satisfying!  The other thing holding me back from a boxed curriculum is the money.   So the unit you are planning; are all your children participating in it, and you are tweaking assignments for each level?  That is a fantastic way to learn ~ I'll bet they all love learning about the same thing at the same time!


Quoting hwblyf:

 

That's funny because right now I'm doing it on my own and wondering if perhaps going with a boxed curriculum wouldn't be better.

Right now I'm planning (I'm laughing as I write this because I need it tomorrow) our weather unit, so it's intensive, but after it's all together, it'll just flow.

I have 5 kids--pre-k, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th, and unless I'm planning a major unit like this, it only takes another couple hours a week, maybe another hour somewhere throughout the week.

Quoting jwhit8791:

We have a boxed curriculum that we use so I usually just sit down and look over it to see if we have any surprises coming up.  Right now, at this point in our journey, I need that schedule just laid out there for me.  But I am noticing changes in my thinking lately, like maybe soon (in a couple years, LOL) that I might take that leap and try to come up with my own.  Time will tell.

 

 


 

MammaG08
by Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 7:32 AM

I can understand your fear of missing something.  What I did was download the GLCE's (standards that teachers must follow) for our state, and use those as a guide to what I teach.  I am finiding that my son is naturally interested in the things he "should" be learning anyway, which is so much fun!   I have heard that Sonlight is an excellent curriculum, though, and if your kids like it then that is great!


Quoting jwhit8791:

 

The reason that I do like the boxed is that it addresses on of my biggest fears about homeschooling.....missing something.  If they should happen to do this program(we follow Sonlight) and they get through high school and miss something huge, it wouldn't be "my" fault.  kwim|?

 

I do like the curiculum we use but listening to all the fun stuff that everyone on here does has me wondering if they are having as much fun with this as they could.

Quoting hwblyf:

 

That's funny because right now I'm doing it on my own and wondering if perhaps going with a boxed curriculum wouldn't be better.

Right now I'm planning (I'm laughing as I write this because I need it tomorrow) our weather unit, so it's intensive, but after it's all together, it'll just flow.

I have 5 kids--pre-k, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th, and unless I'm planning a major unit like this, it only takes another couple hours a week, maybe another hour somewhere throughout the week.

Quoting jwhit8791:

We have a boxed curriculum that we use so I usually just sit down and look over it to see if we have any surprises coming up.  Right now, at this point in our journey, I need that schedule just laid out there for me.  But I am noticing changes in my thinking lately, like maybe soon (in a couple years, LOL) that I might take that leap and try to come up with my own.  Time will tell.

 

 

 

 


 

MammaG08
by Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 7:35 AM

 That is a great idea!  I think I  will do this next summer ~ spend more time getting the "big picture" ready while we are taking some time off.  The details can be worked out during school.  :-)


Quoting TJandKarasMom:

I spend maybe around 2 hrs a week.  I'm still new to this though so I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing, lol.  I plan over the weekend (or intend to), but it has happened where I am planning on Monday while they do some work I managed to get together before Monday. 

But over the summer, I planned Science up to Christmas, and History I have spent hours on, and it should get us through next week and partially the rest of the year-but I have to add details for the rest of the year (I have the reading and documentaries planned out by chapter in our spine, but I have to pick the activities and stuff to go with that).  Our spelling is a curriculum that is basically outlined.  Math and writing and grammar I do weekly.  So that's why I think I don't have to spend much time each week.


 

MammaG08
by Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM

 Love the bins idea to get things ready! 


Quoting ablackdolphin:

I plan on the weekend. I have bins for each week day and I make photocopies and gather manipulatives etc and place in the bin I jot down loose plans in a planner. I spend about 5 min each day deciding if we will do what I planned or if I wiill switch stuff around.


 

MammaG08
by Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 7:39 AM

 So do you have to get materials ready for hands-on stuff at all, or is everything done? 


Quoting armygirl16:

I use memoria press (a boxed curriculum) I use their lesson planner. I have to alter some stuff, but it only takes a few minutes. In her lesson plan she is supposed to be on lesson 4 in math but she is on lesson 36. Same as her phonics book. It's easy to change page numbers though.


 

MammaG08
by Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 7:40 AM

 Delete?  AHHHHHHH that would be sooooo frustrating. 


Quoting debramommyof4:

 I have 4 kids so it takes my about 2 to 3 hours.  Sometimes longer if my lesson plans delete and I have to start over.


 

MammaG08
by Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 7:42 AM

 Do you have younger children?  I have heard of the workboxes before ~ sounds like a lot of fun!  Where do you get the ideas for what they will work on?


Quoting hipmomto3:

Yeah you CAN follow interests & spread into other subject areas, but only to a point. There is no Lego calculus in high school.

I spend 1-2 hrs. We do workboxes. So for about 1 hr each weekend, I work on the whole week - what I want each child to accomplish each day. Then each morning, I spend about 10 minutes filling their boxes & gathering materials.


 

MammaG08
by Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 7:45 AM

 That would be so awesome to have a couple of hours of uniterrupted planning each week!  Currently, I try to get the majority of my planning done when the kids are taking their nap on Sat. afternoon.   If I don't get it all done then, I try to finish up during Sun. afternoon's nap. 


Quoting wowguildmomma:

DH and I were discussing the other day a way to allow me to have small amounts of quiet time for me to lesson plan rather than the helter skelter way I have been. Most of the time I try to get all school related stuff done while he is working to maximize his time to hang out with the kids. However, we have come to realize it would be best and less stress on me if we set up a small desk I can retreat to for a few hours once a week in our room so that I can get everything done and not be freaking out on lesson days about how i forgot to print x page or to type up the study guide for DS1's science lesson and send to his computer. lol


 

MammaG08
by Member on Sep. 24, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences; it has been very enlightening!  

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