I’m working to get my children to memorize the skip counting facts. That way if they can’t remember for instance 3×6, they can simply think, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 and then know the answer is 18. In order to make this easier on both my children and myself, we are learning a couple more facts each day. This was suggested by a friend and seems to be working marvelously.
For spelling, we use an online spelling curriculum. I have spelling lists that I have set up based on the level of each child. I assign specific activities for each of them each day. These stay the same each week so that we develop a routine. My goal is that they will each get practice with the spelling words through the week so they are ready to take and pass the test at the end of the week. You’ll see that there are also assignments for vocabulary work and practicing cursive for my children as well.
Once I have each of the assignments written in the assignment book, my last step is to print out any worksheets that are needed for the week. That completes my chore of lesson planning, but my children still have their chores and exercise to do before they are free to do their own thing.