We have used Heart of Dakota since Nate started pre-K. It is a great choice for beginner homeschool families because it has every day preplanned for you so there is not a lot of lesson planning, which can be very intimidating at first.
But we felt it was time for a change for us. So the new school year's daily routine will look a little differently than last year's. I am planning on using Singapore Math 3a&b (its what we have been using since be started homeschooling and we have really liked it), All About Spelling (heard great things from other families and we're going to try it out for the first time this year), and Nate will also be doing Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool for the rest of his subjects (science, English, history, bible & music). I've blogged about Easy Peasy before when sharing free homeschool resources. It is a curriculum using nearly all free online resources from one homeschool mom. I think Nate will really enjoy having school on the computer and I will like having most of the planning already done for me. ;-)
Every family is different and each child is as well. What works for one homeschool family may not be the best choice for another. Its good to have a plan but its also a good idea to be flexible and be willing to make changes to your plan if you need to. Curriculum Choice has a good post on How to Make an Overall Plan for The Year. The Clutter-Free Classroom posted tips for planning short and long term goals.
Since I'm doing some mixing & matching with our curriculum this year its not all laid out for me in a teacher's guide as it has in the past. I am going to have to be more diligent about planning and managing our school days. A great way to organize your lesson planning and family schedule is with the Well Planned Day homeschool family planner.
Organize your busy days all in one place with this beautifully-designed planner. The Well-Planned Day is a family homeschool organizer, designed especially for moms. This effective, yet easy-to-use format will ensure that each day at your home is smooth and profitable.
I am new to Well Planned Day myself but I found this post from a fellow homeschool mom on how she uses her WPD planner to be very helpful. She goes through and shows you exactly how she uses the planner to schedule and record family activities and homeschool information effectively and keep their schedule and school organized. I am looking forward to using it for our family's upcoming school year!
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