Lesson Planning for Special Needs Homeschoolers – 4 Simple Steps

Discover our super simple 4 step process to lesson planning with special needs or when life is unpredictable (Works great with digital curriculum too)!

Discover our super simple 4 step process to lesson planning with special needs or when life is unpredictable (Works great with digital curriculum too)!

Lesson planning when life is unpredictable

Have you ever wondered how you should go about lesson planning in your homeschool? It can be hard to plan in detail or for an extended period when you are working around special needs. With my own family, we’ve tried several methods and had issues with planning too far ahead.

We’ve also seen a lot of struggle, however, with flying by the seat of our pants and trying to be overly flexible. Yes, I said overly flexible…😏 Believe it or not, there is such a thing! I’m going to share what works for us, how we work it all out, and I hope that it will make lesson planning easier for you too.

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Some of the reasons that planning very far ahead didn’t work out for us were mental fatigue, unforeseen disgust (lol) for certain curriculum (a reason we primarily use inexpensive digital curriculum), and life just getting in the way. As ideal as it would be to have an entire years’ worth of curriculum and activities planned, it just doesn’t always work out that way when you are dealing with certain challenges like autism or ADHD.

Even if you know what sort of learning style your children have, you can still run into curriculum choices that utterly bomb. Who likes to print out months worth of curriculum only to toss it in recycling?  Who enjoys spending hours nit-picking and lesson planning only to scratch out and erase all kinds of plans?

Not into reading?  Skip to the video at the bottom of this post to get the gist of it! 😉  There’s also a giveaway down there…

Discover our super simple 4 step process to lesson planning with special needs or when life is unpredictable (Works great with digital curriculum too)!
You can absolutely avoid getting into curriculum overwhelm.

What’s a mama to do?!

Of course, the answer is no one. But at the same time when you don’t have a plan at all, just kind of surviving while trying a little of this and that, it’s so easy to just lose track of what’s going on. It becomes all too easy to just lose all accountability. In no time, you may realize you don’t have a good grasp of what you’re teaching versus what you’re not teaching. So there has got to be a better way to do this, right? Yes. There totally is!

 

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Who likes to print out months worth of curriculum only to toss it in recycling?

OK, so here is what’s working for us…  After a few years of experimenting, the newest method of lesson planning that I’m using is on a roll for us! I doubt I will ever switch back to another type of planning after seeing how well this is working. The key is to make a “skeleton” of sorts for your curriculum plan for the year.

Discover our super simple 4 step process to lesson planning with special needs or when life is unpredictable (Works great with digital curriculum too)!
Share this with someone you know needs a simpler, more flexible, system.

Here is our simple 4-step process to lesson planning that works:

1) Make a list of every skill that you would like to teach over the course of this next year.

2) Make a list of everything that you have purchased: digital curriculum, physical curriculum, books etc.

3) On your monthly calendar, write out the subjects you will teach during that month as well as which resources/chapters you will be using. You do not need to break it down page by page!

4) Print out all your curriculum for the month ahead on the last weekend (or whatever free time you have) during the month prior. Separate out the work that you’ll be doing into little packets for each day. This is where you are going to be breaking things down into week by week or day by day in your lesson planning. Each day you will give one of the packets to your child and work with them on whatever they need!

Discover our super simple 4 step process to lesson planning with special needs or when life is unpredictable (Works great with digital curriculum too)!
If your kid hates their curriculum, neither of you will have fun, or get anywhere. Don’t be tied down to something that doesn’t work for you just because it’s on the plan.

If things are working out for you, then that’s great and you can just continue with that resource for the rest of the year. If it’s not, cross it off and find a different curriculum that will work better for your children. Now you’ve saved yourself a bunch of frustration!

And there you have it! Using general/bare bones lesson planning, or a “skeleton,” for your curriculum choices and learning goals throughout the year will keep you on track and accountable. If something’s not working it’s not going to be a huge waste of time or resources for you to simply scrap it.

-Jill

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Author: Jill C

Jill is a Christian, homeschooler, "boy mom", and special needs parent. Jill has ADHD and has learned firsthand how adapting environments can be key to finding success! Her current mission is to empower parents whose desire is to homeschool their special needs children and helping them squash their self-doubt!

2 thoughts on “Lesson Planning for Special Needs Homeschoolers – 4 Simple Steps”

  1. This is the most helpful blog post on homeschooling for autism that I have yet seen. I was homeschooled myself but I am struggling with the details and getting the ball rolling. This is practical advice in list form. Just what I needed!!!

    1. Scout, thank you so much for the encouragement! 🙂 We mostly need a loose blueprint and a lot of grace right!? Something to keep us going (and not too overwhelmed to start) that also doesn’t confine us or bind our hands! <3 I'm so happy you found this helpful!

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