This year we are using the Green Year from A Gentle Feast. It has been roughly a week since we have started and I have tried to figure out various ways to organize it all. I put together this Charlotte Mason Homeschool Planner that includes several options for scheduling A Gentle Feast.
Personally, I am using a variant of all three options just to trial them all out and see what I like best.
Then as time goes on I may stick with one type of plan.
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These are your options as far as scheduling:
The idea of loop scheduling is simply taking a list of subjects that need completed and going through that list until it is done. This isn’t typically scheduled into blocks to be completed by a certain time. However, since I tend to be highly organized and more of the “type A” personality, I did label the days of the week above each daily loop. If your more of a type B personality, you can disregard that.
A Gentle Feast (green year) has various subjects that are designed to be completed daily, twice weekly, and weekly. With that in mind I created three types of loop schedules to coincide with this plan. All available in this Charlotte Mason Homeschool Planner.
A daily loop which you can see above.
A twice weekly loop…
A Weekly Loop Schedule
I first heard about grid scheduling over at the The Planted Trees.
The idea is marvelous, each subject is organized individually, with each lesson of that subject scheduled into a grid box. No times or dates to be completed by. As a child progresses through a lesson then the grid box is “X” out. This is perfect if a child needs to spend a little extra time on a lesson. No need to feel that you are “behind” and once he/she “gets it” you cross it out.
I can foresee this going both ways. My oldest tends to get ahead in reading but may need a little extra time in writing. My plan is to grid schedule the core subjects and loop schedule the morning time packet from A Gentle Feast.
I know that some of us are so “Type A” that we can not ever see ourselves loop or grid scheduling. I understand and for my highly organized homeschool moms I did include a traditional block schedule in this Charlotte Mason Homeschool Planner.
This planner isn’t limited to lesson plans. I also included daily, weekly, and monthly chore loop schedules. A field trip itinerary page, a 12 month calendar, and a daily schedule plan (outside of lessons).
My hope is that between all three of these schedule options I will be well organized this year. Personally, the more organized my schedule, the more smooth and efficiently everything runs.
Do you think a Charlotte Mason Homeschool Planner will help you stay organized?