Planning the academic year is best done in chunks. I like to break-up the year into quarters, or three-month blocks.
To help you along with this task, I have created a free handy planning guide.
The purpose of the booklet is to help you reflect on the learning block you just completed, as well as to begin planning for the next three months.
As you use the guide, remember how your child learns best. I recommend going back to the planning series for a refresher.
Children with special needs require as many opportunities for touching, tasting, viewing, choice-making, and expressing themselves as possible. Each of these strands will look different from child to child–so be sure to plan for adaptations/modifications that best meet your child’s developmental level. Remember to include suggestions from therapists into your homeschool plans.
This free 11-page guide includes worksheets for you to:
- reflect on what you did, where you’d like your child to be, and how to get there in the next three months
- outline academic goals
- outline fine and gross motor skill goals
- outline social and emotional skill goals
- outline specific themes/ activities
- outline materials/ resources needed
- plan assessments
- a “Cheat Sheet” (summary)
Some examples of goals might be:
- academic skills (Math – counting, Language Arts – reading, Science – making observations, Social Studies – mapping, Arts – painting using a brush, etc.)
- fine motor skills (using scissors, holding a pencil, tracing, buttoning, zipping, writing, reading, etc.)
- gross motor skills (jumping, kicking ball, hopping on one foot, etc.)
- social/ emotional skills (developing friendships, independent play, expressing emotions, meal-time skills, etc.)
- language/communication skills (using words, signs, PECS, AAC, or other methods of communication)
- intellectual skills (asking/ answering questions, following commands, etc.)
- You can download the entire FREE printable guide (includes standard Cheat Sheet) here.
- You can download the Cheat Sheet -(square box version) only here (in case you want to cut to the chase).