Why don’t we use a weekly grid for our lesson plan format?
During my 11 years teaching public school, I wrote lesson plans using a variety of formats. The weekly grid format was by far the most common. By the time I was teaching my own sons at home, I knew the pitfalls of a weekly grid. Any interruption to the week’s schedule meant I was “off schedule” for the week according to the grid. This left me rushing to cram the rest of the week’s work into fewer days. If I didn’t, I was off schedule for the next week’s plans.
Why do we use a daily plan format instead of a weekly grid?
When I began writing plans for my own kiddos, I made daily plans rather than using a weekly grid. If there was a disruption, I could set aside the plan without feeling like I had disrupted my entire week. Then, the next day, I could pick the plan back up and continue where I left off. This meant there was no need to double up and get back on schedule. My goal was to finish the guide by year-end, without making each week in between a cramming process.
Think of your Heart of Dakota guide as a series of days to be completed.
I encourage you to think of your Heart of Dakota guide as a series of days rather than a series of weeks. Don’t worry about Day 1 being on Monday each week. Instead, focus on completing one day of plans before moving on to the next day of plans. In this way, you will have a smoother more balanced path all year long!