Home School Planning with Chalk

As a child, I remember being asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, and something I always came back to was “teacher.” You know what is so great about my life? I get to teach my children. My husband and I have decided that there was no need to subject our children to public school and the way things are devolving as far as values and work ethic. So, I have taken on another role, TEACHER. We are have decided to home school our children. This is our first year of full schooling and I wanted to share some of what I am learning along the way.

Remember folks, my opinions are my own. No one is paying me to say this! I found a website/app that I absolutely adore and is free for to use. The website is called Chalk. I am still learning the ins and outs of it, but there are several features that I know and adore. Today, I will simply go over the basics and how they help me.

Lesson Planning in Planboard

You can create lesson plan sections for each subject, and use “Sections” to separate which child is doing what. This feature is really nice. I schedule these lessons easily on the app or website. (By the way, love how I can go from the app to the website and back again and not feel like I am missing anything!!!) The lesson planning section has nice editing features in order to promote you creating an organized, easy to read plan! You can even separate your lesson plans by unit. I love the fact that you can attach your worksheets so as to find them easier when the time comes to print them!

I really love the way I can move a lesson forward or backward based. This comes in handy if your child is ahead or behind of where you expected them to be.

Markboard

Markboard is within the chalk website and app. It is the perfect place to keep their grades recorded with ease. I will be honest with you, I am still learning to use this feature as I just found it within the last week!

Attendance

Idaho has absolutely no record keeping, no testing, no anything required to home school my children. Some states have much stricter laws concerning your educational process. Personally, I do not see a need for this feature at this time, but if your state requires a well kept record, THIS IS THE PLACE TO DO IT!

Many homeschooling parents follow a particular curriculum (i.e. Charlotte Mason or others) . I find it to be a strength of mine to plan my own curriculum for the kids. This may change as they get older, but for now I do my own. I think that this website and app whether you created your own or a pre-made curriculum.

Full Swing

Fall, is here, and our family is in the full swing of things for schooling! But, don’t forget to have fun with them, play and laugh. Make special memories. Don’t be so stuck on planning that you forget to live in the moments that make their childhood so special. This is a great treat to make while having a snack break from school! My yummy, yummy pumpkin roll!!!!

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