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  • Teach Your Child At Home! 3 Ways To Plan Lessons For Easy Learning

    Plus, a list of websites to help you create your own lesson plan.
    by Que Sullano-Gavan .
Teach Your Child At Home! 3 Ways To Plan Lessons For Easy Learning
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  • If you plan to teach your children at home, homeschooling lesson plans are needed so you can determine what lessons you will cover for a given day throughout the school year. It is a general outline for your learning goals for a given week, month, quarter, or for the year — whatever is applicable to your family.

    How do you create a lesson plan for homeschooling?

    Here are the steps and common components in preparing a lesson plan.

    1. Identify learning objectives.

    The objectives describe what your child will know or be able to do after the learning experience. Objectives, sometimes called learning outcomes, should be clear and should be specific statements of what your child will learn as a result of the activities and lessons.

    2. Plan activities.

    In planning learning activities, you should consider the types of activities your kids will engage in to develop the skills and knowledge. These activities should be related to the learning objectives you have set.

    Part of this step is for you to have the supplies and resources required to support the lesson. (Click here for a list of homeschooling materials you'll need to prepare.)

    3. Create a realistic and flexible timeline.

    The list of prioritized learning objectives can help you make choices and adjust your lessons as needed. This can help you figure out what concepts your child can skip or revisit. Adding extra time will provide some flexibility for questions and further discussions.

    What subjects should I teach in homeschool?

    If your child is enrolled in a DepEd-accredited homeschool provider, the curriculum you follow is aligned with DepEd’s learning competencies. This means that your kids will be required to learn subjects like Math, English, Science, Filipino, and Araling Panlipunan.

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    Just like in traditional school, you follow a certain cycle to complete lessons in the given school year. Homeschool kids might have additional classes like Foreign Language, Music (instrument or voice), or Coding/Robotics, depending on their interests.

    Much like a traditional setup, you can use the book contents (for each subject) to create a homeschooling lesson plan. Divide the book contents into 4 sections and each section will be the lessons per quarter. 

    You can also integrate lessons or do unit studies so that you can connect different areas of study. This allows your child to understand the topic deeply and gain mastery of it. As the subject is explored in multiple angles, your child is likely to retain the information.

    Where can I get free lesson plans?

    The web offers free and fun lesson plans you can use in your homeschool. Some are online, some are printable and it covers pre-K through grade 12. Here are some examples:

    Education.com

    This learning library consists of printable worksheets, guided lessons, lesson plans and hands-on activities. You can browse and download either by grade level, subject or topic.

    Science Discovery

    This free science discovery site has a curriculum for early childhood. It features core science-related yet practical learning experiences with lesson plans.

    Starfall

    The site provides free resources such as practice sheets, lesson plans, and books. The available lessons are for pre-K, preschool, to 3rd grade.

    Kids of Integrity

    The site provides free, downloadable lesson plans, planning tools and parent guides that parents can use to instill Christ-honoring character traits in their kids.

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    There are also free downloadable detailed lesson plans, per subject, per level, based on DepEd subjects and resources are made by an online community for teachers around the country: DepEd Tambayan. Note, however, that these are not official DepEd materials. (Click here for a list of learning resources that you can try.)

    Planning lessons ahead of time means you will be prepared to teach new concepts and more importantly lead meaningful discussions. Without a lesson plan, you may quickly lose focus and be left scrambling thinking of what to do next.

    Homeschool lesson planning takes time and effort and it’s not a one-size-fit-all. In providing a personalized education for your child, a good lesson plan, regardless of subject, is the right one if it works for you, your child and your family’s lifestyle.

    Que Sullano-Gavan, who hopes to study early childhood education and publish a book someday, is a licensed engineer who opted to stay at home and focus on homeschooling her only child, Gab.

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