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Friday, 17 August 2012

My home school planning.....

I have been burying my head in the sand for some months, trying to hide away from thinking about what I am going to do for our next school year (which is little over a week away as I am writing this!).
It got to the point where I told myself, if I don't face up to it, sit down and think, the next year will be as wishy-washy as our previous year and we will accomplish little!

So far we haven't been taking any set breaks, rather just went with the flow, taking days (or weeks....or months!) as we needed it....and we have wasted alot of time! This year, I want to be organised inshallah. I have toyed with the idea of unschooling so much, telling myself we will just go with the flow and take each day as it comes, but when I pinch myself and take a reality check, I know I need structure. So the only way to get a bit of structure, would be to plan!

Thinking about planning a whole year seems hugely daunting....I don't know at what rate the kids will progress at, what they will be interested in, or what our situation will be in another 6 months! I don't want to spend so much time planning now, only to discover my planning was not relevant, or the kids had not reached that level, or indeed had far overtaken a level!

So how can I plan a whole year, without really planning a whoooole year? ....well, this is what I have decided to do, and I thought I would share how I have done things...

1. Work out school-time dates

After skimming through a few blogs to get an idea of how others do their planning, the first thing I did was to decide when our school year will start and end, before dividing into into 6 weeks blocks, with 1 week break between.

I like the idea of having a school year from Ramadan to Ramadan....so that our big break will be at the end of the year throughout Ramadan. So we will start just after E'id and end a few days before Ramadan next year inshallah.

I printed off a school calendar from Donna Young and got out my highlighter pens, marking off school time and break time.


Yellow marks school time, and the green break time!
I have to tell you,  just doing this exercise seemed to make planning the school year so much easier, as I can clearly see defined blocks! I have 6 six week blocks and 1 with just 5 weeks.
Straight away, this made the idea of planning so much easier alhamdulillah, as the year is broken down into smaller sections.

 I also think taking scheduled breaks will be great for me and the kids inshallah....knowing at the end of 6 weeks, we will be taking time out to re-energise inshallah!










2. A rough plan 6 weeks ahead

I worked out what subjects I want to go through with the kids, and marked them out, showing how many times a week we would do them inshallah.
I've tried to be a bit more realistic this year, and not plan to over-do-it with too much every day! I'll try this schedule and tweak it if necessary as we go along. This is K's subject plan....

3. Organise Subjects

So after working out what subjects I want to go through, I then put together a subject lesson guide, going through what each lesson will cover inshallah and detail any resources which need preparing...which I then prepared ready!


4. Prepare resources

So once I had a general lesson guide, I prepared the resources, worksheets, lapbook segments etc and placed inside a file folder, with each file section containing 1 subject.
So all I have to do (in theory) when we start school next week inshallah, is pull out from the front of each subject section the work for the day put them in the workboxes.


So there you go, thats how I have planned this year round! I have 6 weeks of lessons planned ahead alhamdulillah....although still have a couple of things I still need to finish off inshallah. But I hope that it will mean I won't have to be searching the computer, making or printing resources as we go along, and instead spend more time with the children inshallah! We'll see how it goes.....!

6 comments:

  1. Assalaamu Alaikum!
    Maashaa Allaah great! So pleased to note that your schedules are very much similar to our's and you would be using the same Arabic Resources. Alhamdulillah we have got companions for the next school year Inshaa Allaah. I think Maimoonah and Khadeejah have many similarities with regard to their learning styles! It will be great to share and help each other Inshaa Allaah, looking forward to a wonderful home schooling year and we wish you all the same and ask Allaah to give us success, Aameen!

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  2. Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, how wonderfully organised your are mashaAllah tabarakAllah...I only dream of being organised; I try but it never seems to happen - so I have given up LOL. With regard to Blogger, grrr! I wasn't even able to access my blog for months... not sure what's going on but I wasn't a happy bunny. Have fun in your next home schooling year sis xXx

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  3. Wa alaikum asalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu Umm Maimoonah and Umm Adam!

    JazakAllah khayr for leaving your commments!
    @Umm Maimoonah... this is the nice thing about blogging...because Muslim home educators are relativly small in number, it is nice to be able to have a forum in which we are able to contact and help each other alhamdulillah....and I think as the kids get older, they will also find benefit from the opportunities the internet can provide inshallah. ....maybe in t he future when the girls are abiyt older they could somehow do some kind of long distance group project together subhanAllah!

    @Umm Adam.....ahhh looks can be decieving sis! Alhamdulillah I am organised...for now! I wasted alot of time last year in regards to school work, so felt this year I needed to try to get myself together abit better!
    I have to say, this morning was our first day back schooling after Ramadan, and was sooooo quick and easy to get the work ready for today last night! Took seconds to pull everything out alhamdulillah!
    .....I just hope I can keep it up.......my bad habbit is starting things but not following through! lol

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  4. Assalamo aleykum, barak Allahu feek for this post. It actually made planning look possible! Also, I really like the idea of making the "school year" start after Ramadaan and have Ramadaan off *thumbs up*

    I did try planning once... but I went into so much deatil I then didn't have the time to finish even the planning for that 1 activity, so I have been using the excuse that Y is still only 4... but how much longer will I be able to use that excuse?... Now I'm off to read your book reviews insha'Allah. Jazak Allahu khayran for sharing

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  5. Wa'alaikum asalaam wa rahmatullah!
    Sis, when I first started planning I spent from morning till night trying to make detailed plans for each and every lessons.....I set myself up to fail! You dont know what each day will bring!

    When I started planning this year, as I said in the post, the plan is vague, just to give an idea of what to cover over 6 week blocks, but helped tremendosly alhamdulillah as wasn't bound to anything.(although admitedly I havent planned the second 6 week block!)

    Not everyone plans, so do whatever you feel is right for you...whatever makes things easier inshallah! (thats what I've learnt anyway!)

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  6. .....plus also like you said, Y is stil only 4...so enjoy it!!! :)

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