Not ready to start school

Today was the day we were supposed to start school.   The kids are itching to start.  Alas, I’m still in planning mode.  I plan the entire school year in the summer.  If I have to plan during the school year I end up having very little free time.  Heading into the school year with lesson plans done makes a huge difference in our school days.  I must admit that I don’t do things the easy way.  I like to make up curriculum for many different subjects and mesh several different resources for one subject.   While it takes longer to put together it is much easier to implement something that is designed for your child.

I am putting together weekly lesson plans this year for each child.  Here is an example of one child’s mid-year weekly lesson plan.  I’m writing out everything to accomplish during that week for each subject.  Some things are done independently and others collectively.



Read Acts 20

Memory: Corinthians 13 /watch?v=EqMNuAeSFdc /1st paragraph

Memory: Corinthians 13 /2nd paragraph

Mission: Sundar Singh 30 min

War is Over Lesson 7 review

LOF Chapter 18

Road Rally Race

Living math book(s)

Singapore 4A pg 19-30 in text with corresponding workbook pages

Mental Math 9

Grid Perplexors B #41-42

Logic Liftoff Lesson 6-8

Chess Kid Chapter 7 part 2 worksheet pg 7, 8, 9

Language Arts


Read Daily Diagram 81-84

Grammar Tips for Students – Clauses and Phrases 23 minutes

Kiss Grammar 1.5 Exercise 8-9

Sentence Combining pg 58-61

Jump In pg 85-91

15 minutes Palmer’s Penmanship

15 minutes Palmer’s Penmanship

R&S Spelling 5 Lesson 3-4

WWTW List#5 pg 29

Excavating English Activity 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7

Mavis Beacon Introducing () -_ keys

Didn’t finish this one yet!  We are looking at all the different mammal orders with a focus on classification.  We are using a variety of books, DVDs, and online resources.


Mom read Little Lord Fauntleroy Chapters 12-15

Watch Little Lord Fauntleroy movie (library)

Physical Science in Action DVD – Characteristics of Waves

Uncle Albert and the Quantum Quest Chapters 4-6

Reflection and Refraction of Light

DCTTS Activity 69

Lesson 21:  Kepler’s Three Laws



Ancient Greece (cont)

  1. Black Ships before Troy – Poisoned Arrow pg 104-108

  2. Aesop’s Fables for Children – The Monkey and the Cat – The Fox and the Leopard

  3. Black Ships before Troy – The Wooden Horse pg 109-117

  4. Aesop’s Fables for Children – The Heron – The Mule

  5. Black Ships before Troy –The Fall of Troy pg 118-125

  6. Aesop’s Fables for Children – The Fox and the Goat – The Farmer and His Sons

  7. Watch Helen of Troy movie

Maps, Charts, Graphs H Lesson 21

Maps, Charts, Graphs E Lesson 20

Explore president’s website .lk/index.php

Look at results from last election and parties /President_of_Sri_Lanka

Watch presidential campaign ad /watch?v=8RkHtroXXUk

Cultures of the World Sri Lanka by Wanasundera – Economy pg 40-45

Watch tea pickers /watch?v=hXl3-290SGw

Cultures of the World Sri Lanka by Wanasundera – Economy pg 46-51

Watch stilt fishermen /watch?v=cdNsfXe1r8E


Music Appreciation

Music Ace Lesson : any 2 lessons with numbers under 6

Music Lesson: Mel Bay pg 13-14

15 minutes practice

15 minutes practice

15 minutes practice

15 minutes practice

15 minutes practice

Watch U2 Documentary /watch?v=Jt8r81guKdM

I Will Follow /watch?v=EUq929HPEO4 1981

October /watch?v=6mIGIcTBHiA 1984

Pride in the Name of Love /watch?v=LHcP4MWABGY 1984



Alif Baa pg 60 drill 7, 8 and 9

Alif Baa pg 9, 10, and listening exercise 7

Arabian Sinbad DVD #1

Pinyin for Everyone Lesson 21

Tone Drill

Lesson 5 Listen and repeat story, read and imitate sentences after story

Lesson 5 Role-play, homework

Lesson 5 Write characters, make sentences after story



Lesson 5 5.1 pages 5-2 through 5-4 /ntgreek/lesson5/lesson5.pdf

30 min run with toddler music

30 min run with Arabic music

30 min run with math music

30 min run with praise and worship music

Weigh and measure

1 hour active play

1 hour active play

1 hour active play

1 hour active play

1 hour active play

Weekly Goals


Life skills TBD


  1. For music appreciation I use a mix between modern music and classical music. For classical music I use Connect the Thoughts studies. For modern music I just put the song selection together. This year we are learning about Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, the Beatles, U2, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

  2. Where do you get your ideas for music appreciation?

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  4. It’s great that the kids are keen to start 🙂

    Looks like a big job planning … best wishes!

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