It’s important to have plans and goals, they give you a target to aim for and help keep you on track. Each year before I start planning out our lessons I stop and think about what goals each child needs. I also talk to each child and find out what goals they have for themselves. I will try to help them meet these as much as I’m able.
A few of the goals we will be working on are…
Dd8 will be working on memorizing her multiplication facts, neater hand writing and learning cursive. She also would like to learn to sew.
Dd6 will be working on phonics and reading fluency. She also would like to practice knitting more.
Dd4 (5 this fall) is learning to read.
Dd3 & ds1 are to play and have lots of learning fun.
I try to keep our goals in mind as I pick out curriculum and put our lesson plans together. I will be doing a detailed post soon on how I keep our records and lesson plans. I’d hoped to have it written up by now but a summer flu bug has hit our house.
Basically I have a planning binder that I’ve put together. Here I keep a paper copy of all my lesson plans, reading logs etc. I also use Homeschool Tracker + to keep records and grades from the work we have completed.
One problem I’ve always had is how to organize all the work sheets, activities etc that we do. Last year I finally found a system that works great for us. I stumbled upon a blogger that used a milk crate filing system. The folders were organized by date and in each folder that weeks lessons were placed.
There is a little more to it then that, but I will explain how I do it very soon. I’m hoping to start setting up this years file system this week.