My #1 Homeschool Tip: Do What Works {week 11 lesson plans and recap}

This is Week Eleven in a year long series, all about lesson planning in an interest-led homeschool. Each week, I share a recap of last week’s plan vs. reality and then our new easy homeschool lesson plans for the upcoming week. This week is all about embracing what works and getting rid of the guilt when your homeschool is not going the way you “think it should”.

It’s my #1 homeschool tip!

Last week’s lesson plans were designed to be much lighter than usual for the simple fact that the time was changing on Sunday.

Experience has taught me, year after year, that it takes us a week to adjust. Moreover, because my son takes medicines three times a day, he is always “off” as we adjust to both the time change and his subsequent new meds schedule.

Rather than trying to force anything, I hold our plans for the week after the time change loosely as you’ll see in my recap below.

Do What Works In Your Homeschool

It was pure desperation that finally taught me this lesson, and about much more than just the time change. What I’ve learned is that it is far more important for your child’s overall education to do what actually works for them and your family, rather than what you think you “should be doing.”

This has been true across the board for us in our homeschooling including:

This list could go on and on.

Doing what works in your homeschool means a higher likelihood of your child actually engaging in the learning, comprehending what is being taught, and retaining the information long-term. Doing what works is actually you doing the best possible job of educating your child!

Don’t let any homeschool blog or Instagram post convince you of anything less!

Doing what works in your homeschool is actually you doing the best possible job in educating your child!

Now, here’s what doing what works looked like in our homeschool last week.

my #1 homeschool tip

Last Week’s Homeschool Lesson Plans vs. Reality

Monday

The Plan

  • YouTube Video – His choice
  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Infusion – 4 hours

What Actually Happened

  • YouTube Video – Nile Red Chemistry
  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Infusion – 4 hours
  • Current Events Discussion – read and discuss various news reports

Tuesday

The Plan

  • Field Trip To Somewhere (maybe the aquarium, may a historic tour – it will depend on where my son wants to go the morning of…)

What Actually Happened

  • No field trip.
  • Drivers Ed Online
  • YouTube Video – Mike Shake Part 2
  • Online Voice/Music Lesson – one hour
  • Make your own eggs for lunch (life skills!)

When it was time to actually consider leaving the house, my son and I both said, “Nope.” It was a very relaxed day with a little bit of learning instead.

my #1 homeschool tip

Wednesday

The Plan

  • Physical Therapy – 2 hours
  • Driver’s Ed Module
  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Science: Human Body Study
  • Current Events Discussion – read and discuss various news reports

What actually happened

  • Physical Therapy – 2 hours
  • Audiobook and Discussion – The Lesser Known Works Of Edgar Allan Poe
  • YouTube – Fish Biologist
  • Current Events Discussion – read and discuss various news reports

Thursday

The Plan

  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Social Time with friends – 1 hour
  • Art class – 1 hour
  • Rock Climbing with friends – 3 hours

What Actually Happened

  • Audiobook and Discussion – Lesser Known Works Of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Social Time with friends – 1 hour
  • Art class – 1 hour
  • Rock Climbing with friends – 3 hours

Friday

The Plan

  • CTCMath
  • Current Events Discussion – read and discuss various news reports
  • Creative Writing Activity
  • YouTube Video – his choice and educational
  • Science: Human Body Study

What Actually Happened

  • Ancient American History – The City Of Cahokia
  • GeoGuessr – video game exploring countries of the world
  • Current Events Discussion – read and discuss various news reports
  • The Learners Lab – Online Dream Casting Activity
  • YouTube Video – Mark Rober Piano
  • Mythbusters Idiom Special (as a follow-up to our figurative language activities last week)

You’ll notice that we were essentially back on track by Friday. Taking the week to adjust was the best possible way to get us to a new normal with the time change.

the learners lab
The Learners Lab

Our Homeschool Lesson Plans For This Week

Monday

  • YouTube Video – His choice
  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Infusion – 4 hours

Reference Notes: Every Monday, my son has subcutaneous immunoglobin infusions. Because of this, our Monday routine is very light. We do the minimum and prepare for his medical treatment in the afternoon.

Tuesday

  • Drivers Ed Online
  • Everyday Math Word Problems
  • Ancient American History
  • YouTube Video – His choice, something educational
  • Online Voice/Music Lesson – one hour
  • Current Events Discussion – read and discuss various news reports

Reference Notes: Tuesdays are our first full school day of the week. Because my son always feels better post-Monday’s infusion, we typically do a large percentage of our more traditional homeschool work on this day.

Wednesday

  • Physical Therapy – 2 hours
  • Driver’s Ed Module
  • CTCMath
  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Science: Human Body Study
  • Current Events Discussion – read and discuss various news reports

Thursday

  • Audiobook and Discussion
  • Social Time with friends – 1 hour
  • Art class – 1 hour
  • Rock Climbing with friends – 3 hours

Reference Notes: We spend Thursdays in lessons mostly outside our home.  My son attends a program on Thursday afternoons through a local private school.

Friday

  • CTCMath
  • Current Events Discussion – read and discuss various news reports
  • Creative Writing Activity
  • YouTube Video – his choice and educational
  • Science: Human Body Study

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    2 Comments

    1. Donnesa M ? says:

      Shawna,
      Thank you so much for these posts. I’m still trying to figure out some things in our homeschool because both of my children are neurodivergent. It is so hard not to compare and worry about grade levels and such. Between what I am grasping from your books, these amazing posts, Never Board Learning, and what I’ve been learning about a Charlotte Mason education, it has helped. Thank you for letting us see your daily plans versus reality and talking through the ideas behind some everyday issues anyone can come across when homeschooling ???

      1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad you are here!

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