Sunday, August 7, 2011

Homeschool Planner + Link Up for Fun in the Summer Sun

Since June, Mama to 4 Blessings along with Harvest Moon By Hand, Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, and Sweet Phenomena have hosted weekly Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.

With homeschooling planning being finalized or already begun, the hosts are wrapping up the Fun in the Summer Sun event this week.


I've been working quite a bit on finishing the homeschool schedule for the 2011-2012 school year. Donna Young has some great forms for a DIY homeschool planner. I used the 6-column/9-row format. For each week, I need two of these forms in order to accomodate the school subjects and activities the girls are doing.

Here's what a sample week looks like (the second page is under the first one, but the subjects are showing for each page):

A page from my 2011-2012 homeschool planner.
(The form is from Donna Young's website.)

The subjects include:
- math,
- reading (Newberry and Caldecott books),
- writing (e.g., fiction, non-fiction, creative, poetry),
- spelling,
- U.S. geography (multi-disciplinary unit study),
- nature study,
- science,
- home economics (sewing, cooking, and handiwork),
- character education,
- penmanship (printing, handwriting, and Spencerian),
- 5 in a Row (literature-based unit study),
- art,
- music (piano, harp, music fundamentals, and bookwork),
- American Sign Language,
- holidays (using the Happy Birthday, Grandma Moses book for ideas),
- computers (apps on iPad for multi-sensory learning to help Olivia with reading and spelling due to multiple learning disabilities; and for Sophia to help augment her core subjects)
- typing/keyboard/word processing/Office software programs
- history (American - from Civil War to the present day)
- physical education
- special education and speech therapy
- Brownies and Girl Scouts (doing the Juliette program)
- 4-H


So, with planning almost done (a huge relief!) and summer wrapping up, this marks the end of what has been a great partnership between five mothers who blog. It's been a delight and privilege to be a part of the Fun in the Summer Sun series.

To stay in touch, we're doing a link up this week instead of a regular topic. So, simply link up your blog, Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feed, or any other social media to which you belong. Please do not link up giveaways (they will be deleted).

Hope you had a great summer! Thank you for participating!


Tiffany said...

I really enjoyed being a part of this with you. I'm following your blog via email now so I don't miss anything. :)

Have a great year!

Ticia said...

This has been fun! I'm getting my major planning done on Thursday, and I can't wait.