For the majority of our home education, we have used a basic plan for each year. The plan is this:
Seven Quarters with seven weeks each.
For Quarters 1, 3, 5 and 7 – we homeschool 6 weeks and have 2-3 makeup days during week 7.
For Quarters 2, 4 and 6 – we homeschool 6 weeks and take off the 7th week completely!
During each 7 week period we take 3 Thursdays off for grocery shopping, I allow myself 1 teacher day if needed and the kids 1 sick day. Now if for some reason we have to take off a lot time, we may have an extra make-up day on Sundays or I will add the number of days needed at the end for the year.
The extra 20 days gives us time to complete our work, without rushing through it.
I created this basic excel quarterly planner and it works just fine. I get too overwhelmed with many of the planners, pages get lost and it only works for me for a few weeks and then I go back to this same basic plan!
Our seventh grader is able to work independently and she manages her time well so I only check in with her to be sure she is getting her work done. She currently does Math, Writing/Grammar, Science, Music and Devotion on her own however History, Geography, Home Economics and some fitness is done as a group. Those I put at the bottom of the spread sheet.
I also have areas at the bottom for notes for either child or subject. For example, when I need to purchase a certain book I will write it down here so I can remember it in planning for the next quarter.
Next a look at our some-times not typical day!