Mid-year, I made several changes to Abby's second-grade curriculum which you can read about here. Because of this, there are a few programs we will not have a chance to complete before the end of her second-grade year the first week of June--Horizons, Mathematical Reasoning and Language Smarts. All About Reading is another program we are slightly behind on due to poor planning on my part in the beginning. The majority will be complete before the fall or not long after, except Horizons which we will finish up in November.
During those mid-year changes, I discovered a new way to plan which was a complete game changer for me. In just a few days, I was able to plan out the rest of her second-grade year, pre-plan for the summer months into her third-grade year. I love it!
Here's a look at her first week.
This particular week, she has full-day camp on Friday only so we will not do any school work that day. This amount of work takes her about an hour/hour and a half depending on how quickly she works. I also wanted to keep subjects she really enjoys like History, Geography and read alouds.
I will be doing a detailed post on how I plan soon, but until then here's a brief explanation. I pre-numbered worksheets starting at Lesson 1 on up for the summer months, tore them out of the workbooks and placed in folders labeled Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3 and so on. For subjects a little tricker (in our case Reading, History, and Geography) I used post-it notes to pre-plan what to do that day. For example, I spread her All About Reading lessons out over several days so she isn't overwhelmed by all the words, so it takes us a little longer than it may some. I go through the teacher's manual, activity/fluency sheets, and stories jotting those daily lessons on a post-it note. Then, I stick the post-it into the folder to eventually enter in to my spreadsheet when I get a chance. Our History and Geography lessons, same deal. It's such a simple system and has saved me so much time!