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Mapping Out Your Homeschool Year

We have talked about things to consider before you start planning, the benefits of piecing together your own curriculum, and how to use a LiveBinder to organize ideas.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and put together a plan!

{Step 1: Map Out Your Subjects}

You need to decide what subjects each child will be studying this year.

I usually draw up a grid with my kids’ names across the top and all of the subjects down the side. This time around, I actually created a planner page.

There are several tools to help you choose your subjects:

  • Use a scope & sequence
  • Look up the website for your city’s school district (type the name of your city, followed by ISD, into a search engine). High School will be found under Graduation Requirements. Elementary & Middle might require a little hunting – look for these key words: Curriculum, Courses, Instructional Map
  • Browse through homeschool catalogs
  • Ignore all of the above & pick whatever subjects you want!

{Step 2: Write Down What You Know}

Start filling in your chart with the names of resources that you already know you want use: books, websites, freebies, classes

(hmmm, maybe I need to add my name to the Handwriting section)

You will probably be left with several blanks scattered throughout your chart. Don’t be discouraged, these blanks are very helpful!

They show you what subjects you need to:

  • purchase
  • research
  • find for free
  • create
  • combine for the whole family

{Step 3: Fill in the Blanks}

Now the fun begins! It is time to start searching for goodies to fill in all those blanks.

I like to use as many freebies as possible, but you choose whatever floats your boat!

I use all of these to fill in my chart:

And there you have it! Those are the basic steps I take to create a plan for each school year.

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Homeschool for Free: Bible

It is so important to instill the word of God in our children’s hearts!

Joyful Heart  preschool

Bible Classbooks study guides

Calvary Chapel lessons, quizzes, puzzles, coloring

Garden of Praise  lessons, quizzes, puzzles, songs

eBibleTeacher  lessons, activity books, story books

Bible Activity Worksheets

Teaching with God’s Heart for the World  one-year unit study

Highland Hitcho  studies, notebooking pages

Colour and Know the Bible  lessons, detailed coloring pages

Mission Arlington  several different sets & languages

Desiring God Resource Library  online books

Through the Bible with My Child  four-year schedule, worksheets

Kids of Integrity  lessons, activities

Preschool Post  lessons, activities

Kids Clubs 4 Jesus  booklets

Bible Class Books  study guides

Kidology  3-year program

Journey Through the Bible  year-long overview

KidExplorers Answers in Genesis  lessons & handouts

Calvary Curriculum  several ages

DLTK  lessons, crafts, printables

Little Blots of Faith  lessons, crafts, printables

Heart of Wisdom  lessons, printables, lapbooks

Raising Rock Stars  weekly units

Bible Road Trip  3 yr Bible survey

God’s Hand in Our Lives  Sunday School series

Western Oaks  Children’s Church curriculum

Sunday School Sources  lessons, activities, trading cards

Exploring God’s Word  4-year study

Sound Words for Kids  catechism format

Find more Bible activities on my Homeschool-Bible Pinterest Board

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