Assignment Books

In my last post I talked about how I set up and use my “Master Lesson Plan Book”. In this post I want to share how I use that to give each of my children their homeschooling assignments each week. This is a chore that I try to do each Friday after school has been done. I use a separate teacher planner for each of my kids. This becomes their personal assignment book.

I got these from Office Depot on their annual Teacher Appreciation Day. If you want to have one for each of your children, you can ask a manager. I was told that I could come back the next day and they would give me any extra lesson planners they had left over.

Example of our Assignment Book

First I go through and mark off in my Master Lesson Plan Book, the activities that were done the past week. Then I start at the first not highlighted activity and that gets written in the assignment book.

The numbers you see are activity assignments. It’s much easier for me to write the number than the name of each activity. It also helps me when I go to record what has been done. I will explain in my next blog about how I assign their other subjects, such as Math and Spelling.

Lesson Plans, Bleck!!

Lesson plans. Those two word evoke a “Bleck!” from me! However, every time I’ve tried to get by without them it has come back to haunt me. As a result I’ve gotten rather OCD about them.

Time4Learning, the online homeschool curriculum we use provides detailed lesson plans. I have printed those out for each subject for each of my children. As they finish particular activities, I highlight them in my Master Lesson Plan book.

Master Lesson Plan Book

This allows me to more easily see where each of my children are in their progress. This is something that I have to stay on top of, otherwise it takes ALL day to go through and mark off what’s been done. I’ve also gotten into the habit of writing the scores they make on each quiz and test.

I have each child’s section separated with tabs. ManBoy has a green tab, Fashionista an orange one and RoboBoy a yellow one. Each subject is further separated by little sticky tabs.

I also print out weekly reports on what each child did in school. These get put into the back of each child’s section in my book.