6 Homeschooling Lesson Plan Examples for You To Steal
Need a good homeschooling lesson plan? You’ve come to the right place!
Lesson planning is one of the primary responsibilities of every teacher and may define the student’s interest in the lesson. It’s your opportunity to get creative and think of new ways for your child to learn.
Keep reading to learn how to plan a lesson for homeschooled children. Also, what the essential elements of any good homeschooling lesson plan are, and how to prepare for the year and the day.
Finally, I’m introducing six helpful lesson plan examples that you can use to start planning today.
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How to Lesson Plan for Homeschool
Lesson planning is a crucial part of your homeschooling experience. It lets you and your child keep an organized schedule and ensure you go through all the content you want to cover.
However, doing a homeschooling lesson plan isn’t an easy task!
It requires a lot of planning in advance, an overall understanding of the whole curriculum, and being able to prioritize different subjects.
Basic Elements of a Good Lesson Plan
When you do your education plan, it’s important to differentiate between lesson planning for the year and the day. They require different elements and approaches.
How to Lesson Plan for the Year
Planning for a whole year gives you an overview of the curriculum and a direction to follow throughout the year. You only have to do this at the beginning of your school year. But you must get it right as it will be your guiding light all year.
To do a good lesson plan for the year, follow these four simple steps:
1. Define Your School Year
One of the advantages of homeschooling is that you can design your own school year according to your family’s needs. First, consider your state requirements in this regard, when you want to have family vacations, and during which holidays you’d like to take a break.
It’s all up to you. But once you shape your school year, follow it because everything else will depend on it.
2. Set a Weekly Schedule
Taking a deep look at your curriculum is necessary at this step. Why? You’ll need to divide the number of lessons in your curriculum by the number of weeks of the school year.
This way, you’ll know how many weekly lessons you need for each subject.
You might like: 10 Sample Homeschool Schedules You Can Copy
3. Determine Extracurricular Activities
This is an important step that complements your homeschooling experience. Sometimes, homeschooling parents overlook the importance of extracurricular activities, but they are crucial.
Extracurricular activities help students to develop social, artistic, and physical skills.
Decide what kind of extracurricular activities you want for your child, where they will take place, and how frequently these activities will be. Also, introduce them to your schedule.
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4. Add the Lessons To a Daily Planner
Once you have lessons planned for the year, then comes the fun part. You must add the lessons into a daily planner and start your lesson plan.
You might like: Our Top 10 Favorite Homeschool Planners of 2022
How To Lesson Plan for Every Day
After completing your school year overview, it’s time to take your lesson planning to the next level. Lesson planning for the day is about going to detail what will be covered and what that lesson will look like.
As a teacher, I can tell you that your lessons can become chaotic if you don’t lesson plan for the day.
Lesson planning for the day has three essential elements:
We talked about defining a basic schedule during your school year lesson planning. At that moment, it helps you distribute the number of lessons you need to have in every subject to cover the whole curriculum during a year.
Now it’s time to define what the week will look like and how you will distribute the different subjects throughout the day. You can follow a “block schedule, a relaxed schedule, or a loop schedule (find in-depth exploration of these schedule types in 10 Homeschool Schedules You Can Copy).
Don’t forget to include breaks, lunchtime, extra-curricular activities, and, depending on your child’s age, maybe even nap time.
This is where you connect with your school year lesson plan.
Now that you know how many lessons per week you need for every subject, it’s time for you to add these lessons into a daily planner. I’ve put together a list of my Top 10 Homeschool Planners for 2022, and I think that you might find that article very helpful for this step.
Homeschool Lesson Plan Templates
The final part of this process is to work directly on your lesson plan template. This is where you develop your ideas and detail your lesson’s objective.
I included six homeschool lesson plan templates I often use in my classes.
1. Learn At Home Preschool
Learn at Home Preschool Weekly Lesson Plan is a very smart and helpful way to lesson plan for your preschool child. It allows you to include simple activities, get an overview of your day, and develop the activities for which you need more preparation and planning.
Granted, this is not a template. But I think its simple and straightforward design is an excellent model to follow and not hard to emulate.
Below, you can look at the Learn at Home Preschool Lesson Plan created by Sarah Punkoney. You can also visit her Stay At Home Educator website and download a free PDF file with the entire lesson plan.
2. Montessori Inspired Preschool Plans
Blogger Mama Megan Allysa developed this lesson plan.
In this planner you can add the unit study, words and phrases you’re working on, and even the three-part card activity you want to set up (hence the Montessori inspiration). You also have room to add new lessons and different charts to include more information.
I find this lesson plan template very well organized as it includes areas for language, math, fine motor, sensorial, and other subjects and activities.
Below, you can see how this template looks, and you can download the free lesson plans at Mama Megan Allysa blog.
3. Weekly Assignment Sheet
Liz from The Quick Journey, came up with this plan that lets you keep track of your child’s progress.
Each Monday, you give your child a new assignment sheet where they can see what’s in store for the week. Once an assignment is done, you or your child can cross the box, signaling that that specific assignment has been completed.
You should have an assignment sheet completely crossed off at the end of the week. Keep the assignment sheet in your records; it instantly becomes your progress tracker tool.
Find an image of the Weekly Assignment Sheet below or download the free PDF template directly from The Quick Journey blog.
4. Weekly Lesson Plan
This weekly lesson plan is one of the simplest templates I could find.
Add the subjects on the left-hand column and then add the lessons for each day. You can buy one on Etsy for less than $4, with different layouts (from 4 to 7 subjects).
5. High School Lesson Plan
As you can see below, it lets you add the unit and/or topic of the lesson and the strand studied. The plan includes an area for adding the lesson objectives and a big space divided into three columns for the lesson structure.
I liked that it also added assessment and enrichment sections at the page’s end.
Here you have an image of the template, but you can download it (with the full teacher binder included) directly from the Shining Mom blog.
6. Common Core for Middle and High School
This lesson plan was specifically designed for middle and high school.
It’s very detailed and lets you include date, unit, topic, aim, objectives, etc. It also divides the lesson into three parts: mini-lesson, main activity, and closing.
Start Lesson Planning Today!
As you can see, lesson planning is a crucial part of your homeschooling experience.
Follow the steps above, choose the homeschooling lesson plan template that best fits your needs, and start lesson planning today!
Another option is to find a homeschool curriculum with daily lesson plans and follow the template they provide. Here you can find ten free homeschool curriculums with daily lesson plans included.
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