As a homeschooling mom, I am always trying to come up with different ways to make the day go smoother. Many homeschoolers have daily, weekly, or monthly, lesson plans that they follow. Unfortunately life often gets in the way, and the week may not go as smoothly as you may have thought at first. When this happens the work can easily pile up. By not sticking to the calendar, and just focusing on the work itself you can still get it done without the stress. It also depends on what type of curriculum you use. I have found that some curriculums work better with day by day calendar planning, and others like the Easy Grammar curriculum, may work better without the calendar. Below you will find a few ideas, and suggestions on how you can plan your yearly curriculum without a calendar.
Divide your year into quarters
Breaking your year up into quarters can certainly help. You can choose to have two quarters a year, or four quarters a year. I have found that the four quarters a year works well. Four quarters works really well for families that have chosen to school year round. Year round homeschooling helps to ensure that everything is covered, and allows for those unexpected days off. You can even schedule the last month of the school year to plan, and reorganize for the next year. For each quarter you will want to organize at least three months of work. I have found that binders work well for diving up the worth. Layout the work you want to cover, and place them in the binders. You can have your child move from binder to binder as they finish. If you skip a few days there is no need to worry, they can easily pick up the binder, and start from where they left off.
Effort needed for checking work
When it comes to checking the work effort is needed to make sure that this is done on a daily basis. If your child has work that is completed I have found it best to have them fix any errors on the same day. This helps to ensure that the necessary information was covered thoroughly. As the work is completed it can be checked off.
Avoid time limits
Since you are not following a day to day calendar it makes sense to avoid setting daily time limits on school work. Keep in mind that some lessons may take a lot longer than others. Allowing your child to work at their own pace really helps to make the day go smoother. Help them along as needed, but try not to push and rush them.