3 Things I Do When Writing Lesson Plans

Planning Uriah’s lessons has become a creative outlet — it’s so much fun figuring out how I can best open a world of ideas on certain subjects. I love having a flexible outline laid out — it makes our daily lesson times so much more effective and enjoyable!

While writing out last week’s lesson I realized that I tend to do three things consistently when planning and I thought I shared with you today!

Check the weather and for any upcoming holidays

Each week I choose a fun new theme to frame our lessons in and checking the weather and upcoming holidays is a logical way to keep the theme and lesson practical!

For example, if the weather is going to be cold and rainy I might choose to postpone the theme of flowers or sunshine for a different week. Or, with Easter coming up, I know I will want to have already discussed Jesus’ resurrection and eggs and spring.

It’s such a simple, easy way to make homeschooling applicable to all your areas of life!

I browse Pinterest

After I choose our theme I start looking through Pinterest for craft and sensory play ideas. I try to keep categories of favorite tasks so I can revisit them.

Here are some the upcoming crafts and sensory games I plan to do this week! The first adorable craft comes from Happy Tot Shelf and the idea of arranging flowers is from Rhymes of Play!

I shop around the house

After I’ve checked the weather and upcoming holidays and made a list of Pinterest inspired crafts and games I start shopping … around the house!

I love that there is a growing supply of adorable homeschool materials but I don’t need all of the things. I used to get a little blue when planning lessons because I just didn’t have all the cute things.

So now, I shop my house.

If I really want a flash card or poster I can either make one on Canva (for free!) or I doodle one myself. Yes, all those adorable wooden trays are SO cute but they’re not necessary.

It’s so much better to put time and energy into your lessons than to wait for the perfect set up or materials.

Your kiddo will not mind using Dollar Tree chalkboards, reading borrowed books from the library, or playing in a sensory bin filled with rice from the kitchen.

You don’t need all the fancy objects to have a great lesson plan – shop around your house and use what you have.

I’d love to know what you do as you’re making your lesson plans! Leave me a comment below — I’m always wanting to find more ways to make the planning process go more smoothly!

Love and blessings!