So I have been working on my homeschool lesson plans for the upcoming school year all summer. I am still not done. And I am planning for only three students!
To begin my planning process, I first had to clean out my entire schoolroom. I cleaned every single cabinet, drawer, shelf, closet, etc. And this led to my wanting to clean and and reorganize every single bookshelf/bookcase in our house. I did that! I am so happy with the finished product. I grouped like books together in various spots in our home. I cleared out two shelves of books in one of my schoolroom closets, and moved those books to the built-in bookshelves upstairs. That gave me much needed room in the closet for teacher supplies, binders, current school resources, etc. As I went through the hundreds of books, I found many, many duplicate titles. I kept all the duplicates, and I can share them with my children when they leave home.
After I got everything in order I began making a school supply list. It was actually fairly short. I think I have enough markers, pens, spiral bound notebooks, and glue sticks to furnish an entire elementary classroom. (Clearly, I am an over buyer in certain products!) Next I made a list of schoolbooks that I needed for each child. It wasn't too long of a list either. I ordered everything, and all has arrived except for my final (second!) Sonlight order.
I bought new crates for the children's schoolbooks and supplies and have put all their new school things in there. I typed up their daily work checklists, and I think I have almost everything ready to go. I am just finalizing my daily schedule. When my Sonlight comes in, I will need to spend some time putting the new Instructor's Guide in my binder, sorting out the books, and putting stickers on them. The last big planning task I have is mapping out my English IV class plans. This is a senior level English class for Clay and five other twelfth graders.
About the Sonlight.....Lynn, Leanna, and I are taking a short break from our Sonlight studies this August-November to study the presidents, the election process, and our American Government. I am also going to finish covering the 50 states with Leah and Sam. Beginning November 7, I will start Sonlight Core F. My original plan was to fly through this Core, cutting books here and there and still completing the Core by the end of May. I spent several hours culling the books and typing a 100 day plan. But I still wasn't satisfied. I couldn't figure out how to fit in the books and content that I wanted to cover, and I also wanted to add some of the newer Core F books. I first used Core F 6 years ago, and Sonlight has revised this Core since then. Last weekend I had a new idea! I decided I was not in a race to complete this Core. In fact, I decided to order the newer Instructor's Guide (at half-price since it was a reorder!) and the newer Core F books. I am so excited! I really liked this Core, and I feel so much better going through it at the intended pace. We will just work on it November-May, and pick up where ended the next school year.
I am starting school later than I have in years. I will be having various houseguests (college students) during most of August, and then I will be driving Julie (Olivia has to go a week early for a class) to school later in the month, and staying there a few days. So, I have set August 26 as our first day of school. That leaves me exactly one month to get everything ready. Actually, I want to have everything ready before the guests start arriving. :)
I'll share our curricula for next year and an outline of our daily plans as soon as I get everything ready.