Homeschooling your child is a difficult task, but can ultimately result in higher grades and better achievement for your child. To do it properly, you must create homeschool lesson plans to allow you to cover all the material in the syllabus in a fashion so that the child, your pupil, does not become overwhelmed. As a science teacher I plan twenty to thirty lessons a week, and the tips I give you here will help you improve your homeschool lesson plans.
For each subject that you are going to create homeschool lesson plans for there should be a syllabus, or other document, with all the vital information points that need to be taught to your pupil. If you don't have one, then you need to ask your exam board, school or search the internet. From the syllabus you can divide up the topics into individual lessons. A general rule of thumb is that in a one-hour lesson you don't want to teach more than three points. So for each homeschool lesson plan, there should be up to 3 lesson objectives that you want to have achieved by the end of the lesson. Of course there is no reason that you cannot split up subjects into twenty minute sessions teaching a single lesson objective, the variety will keep things interesting in your homeschool lessons.
The standard lesson is a three-part lesson consisting of a starter, main activities and plenary. The starter functions to engage the pupils in the lesson and sometimes to link the lesson to previous lessons. The main activities are where the objectives of the lessons are taught. The plenary should bring all the points of the lesson together and allow some sort of assessment to see if the lesson objectives have been met. Keeping to a rigid structure is important in the school environment, but the rules may be bent when you homeschool. You will know your pupils strengths and interests, and I suggest using this information to personalise your lesssons plans.
Variety of activities
If you're homeschooling your child the temptation will be to sit them in front of a textbook and work through a couple of pages each lesson. This is fine for some of your homeschool lessons but you'll soon find it boring and uninteresting both to teach, and for your pupil. The easiest way of spicing up your homeschool lesson plans is to use interactive content such as YouTube clips, educational games or activities such as cutting and sticking or creating posters. Searching for your lesson plan objectives on Google will usually provide you with some inspiring activities that can either be used as is, or adapted for your use.
Even if you homeschool your child, assessment is still extremely important. Printing off past exam papers or parts of them, and having your pupil complete them under exam conditions will give you a basis to understand how much your pupil has actually learnt and which topics need further work. Giving your pupil tests may seem "nasty" and unappealing, but exam technique and use of keywords is almost as important as the information itself in some exams.
Homeschooling your child is a challenging task but by producing homeschool lesson plans it should become much easier, and your child's grades should improve. You don't have to make every lesson singing and dancing, but the occasional variety will boost engagement and interest from your pupil. Do you homeschool? Any other tips or hints? Please write them below in the comments.