Philosophies That Should Help You Write Your Own Homeschool Lesson Plans

Philosophies That Should Help You Write Your Own Homeschool Lesson Plans

Writing homeschool lesson plans isn’t really as difficult as it usually seems at first to homeschool teachers trying their hand at it the first time. All you need is a little primer on what exactly goes into the writing of the lesson plan.

How do you begin each lesson for your child? The most important thing to remember when writing homeschool lesson plans is that each new lesson needs to connect to a previous lesson in a very obvious way. Each lesson must touch on points made in a previous lesson and take those ideas forward. It should all be a continuum. That’s what makes lessons easy for a child to understand and remember. It could really help a child flex her mental muscles and get psychologically ready for lesson if she could begin each lesson with a few questions that ask her to recall what she learned in the previous lesson. Warming up on activities like this can really set the mood.

A lesson plan should be designed so that it requires a variety of teaching methods to communicate. If all it needs is a lot of lecturing, you’re guaranteed to get your child all bored. You could break a lesson down into its constituent points to that the child can read up quickly on her own; you can then explain the points with little instruction; you can find activities to use that would help a child learn the lesson explained.

One of the best parts of being allowed to write homeschool lesson plans on your own is that you get to remedy everything that you see to be wanting in public-school lesson plans. For instance, in homeschool, every lesson can be followed by a great deal of guided activity and practice, to help bring a lesson home to the child. This can involve having the child do a little research by herself; it can be practicing with workbooks that you’ve bought for the purpose; it could be a debate session where you and your child argue over what might be the best way to interpret a lesson. It helps both parent and child really get a sense of what a lesson is all about. It’s all about exploring, interactivity and challenging each other.

Finally, you come to where you assess and test your child for what has been learned that day. Every day in homeschool, in fact, every lesson in homeschool, should end with a kind of test that assesses what’s been learned that far. Setting general quizzes (called summative assessments by those who like technical terms) are the norm in homeschool testing. You could however, just as well, use formative tests. This is where you keep asking your child questions about what she is learning as and when the learning takes place (not at the end of the day).

Homeschool lesson plans are supposed to be all about doing things at a pace your child is comfortable with and one that you are comfortable with.

Source by Dewayne Weiss

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