Homeschool Planning Software

Create or Edit Lesson Plans

 

Click on “Lesson Plans” in the left sidebar of the Learning section and a list of all the lesson plans you have ever created will appear, along with a detailed view box.

Homeschool Lesson Planning

To edit a lesson plan: Select the name of the lesson plan from the list, and edit information in the detailed view box.

To create a new lesson plan:

Click on the small triangle in the top right corner and select “add.” Click in the “Name” field to name your lesson plan, and press <return>.

Choosing a lesson plan name:  Since lesson plans are primarily lists of assignments that might come from a textbook, homeschool curriculum, or other resource, it may be helpful to name your lesson plan after the primary resource you are using.

For example, if you are creating lesson plans for 10th Grade American History and you are planning to use Books 1 – 7 of Joy Hakim’s “History of US” series along with a list of historical fiction, you can create one lesson plan called “Hakim 1­‐7” and another called “10th gr. Amer. History fiction.” Being specific will help you remember what each lesson plan covers without needing to open it each time.

Description: Add a description, if you wish, to explain what material the lesson plan covers, learning objectives, etc.

Assignments: The assignments box shows all of the lesson plan items that have been created. If you click on the small triangle in the upper right corner of the assignments box, you may select one of the following options:

  • Add single – to add one assignment at a time
  • Insert Before Selected – to insert a new assignment into alist that has already been created.
  • Remove – to remove a selected assignment
  • Generate Multiple – to open the OLLY Assignment Generator which will help you create multiple assignments from a single resource.

To add a single assignment: 

Click on the small triangle and select “Add Single.” Use the detail view box to enter the appropriate information:

Name: This should be a short, easy­‐to‐understand summary of the assignment. A combination of the segment and activity works well, such as “Ch. 1 Reading” or “Lesson 3 Drawing.”

Sequence Number: This indicates the relative order you want assignments to be completed. If you are adding this assignment to a list that has already been completed, choose the next available number in the sequence. If you want certain assignments to be done on the same day, use decimal numbers. For example, assignments with the sequence numbers of 1,1.1,1.2 and 1.3 will automatically be assigned to the same day if you use the “auto assign” feature in the assignment calendar.

Activity: This indicates what type of work will be done in the assignment. This can be anything you choose. If the type of activity you want to use is not listed in the dropdown box, click on the “+” button to add a new activity.

Resource: This is the name of the book, software, or video you will be using for this assignment. If the name of the resource does not appear in the dropdown box, click on the “+” button to add a new resource. You may also choose to leave this blank if you will not be using a resource.

Segment: This is the portion of the resource you will be using for this particular assignment. It could be chapters, lessons, exercises, pages, units, verses, or anything you want. For example: “p. 60-­‐65” or “Lesson 22” or “Ch. 10.”

Points Possible: If this lesson plan belongs to a course you plan to grade, enter the number of points possible for this assignment.

Topic: This is optional, but handy for recording what topics are covered in your assignments. Spending the time to enter topics for each assignment will give you a much better description of everything a student covered during the year, rather than just a list of page or chapter numbers in a book.

Directions: Use this text box if you need to enter more detailed instructions to accompany each assignment.

Notes: Catch­‐all box for anything else you may need to record. Borrowing items? List of supplies for science experiment? Link to a website?

To insert an assignment:

Do you need to insert a test before starting the next chapter? Did you find a perfect documentary to watch during your lesson plan on insects? Finally found an art project to go along with a history lesson? Here is where you can insert a new assignment into your list of already­‐created assignments.

In the assignments box, first select the assignment you want to come after the new assignment, then click on the small triangle in the upper right corner and select: “Insert Before Selected” to add the new assignment item.

Use the detailed view box to enter information in the same way you would for adding any single assignment.

To remove an assignment:

Highlight the assignment you wish to remove from the list, click on the small triangle in the upper right corner, and select “Remove.”

To automatically generate a list of assignments:

If you have a resource with sequential chapters or lessons, the Assignment Generator will create incremental copies of the same activity and resource.

Click on the small triangle and select “Generate Multiple.” A pop­‐up called the “OLLY Assignment Generator” will appear. Follow the step‐by‐step instructions.

Type of lesson: This specifies how to divide the resource, using either Chapters, Chapter subsections, Lessons, Exercises or Pages.

Resource: The auto-generator can only create multiple assignments for one resource at a time. If you plan to simultaneously use several resources at once for a course, such as a spelling book, grammar book, and poetry book for language arts, we recommend creating a separate lesson plan for each book. However, if you prefer to mesh multiple resources into one lesson plan, be sure to set a sequence interval that will allow room between the various types of assignments.

Points possible: If this lesson plan belongs to a course you plan to grade, enter the number of points possible for these assignments. All of the generated assignments will have the same number of points possible, but you may edit individual assignments later.

Length in days: If you want these assignments to be done over a span of days, enter the number of days here. Later, when you assign this on the Assignment Calendar, it will automatically be added to the appropriate number of days. This is useful for things like fiction assignments or writing projects. Remember that ALL the assignments generated in this batch will have the same duration.

Starting sequence number and Sequence Interval: If you plan to mesh several different resources into one lesson plan, you will need to run the assignment generator again for each resource used. With the first resource, set a starting sequence number of 1 then set a sequence interval equal to or greater than the number of resources you will be using. Example: If you plan to generate assignments for 3 different resources, set the sequence interval to 3 (this gives you a little extra wiggle room). Generate the first batch of assignments, then repeat the process for the next resource but set the starting sequence at 2. Keep the sequence interval the same as the first batch. As you generate assignments, the various batches will nest together.

If you want certain assignments to be done on the same day, use decimal numbers. For example, sequence numbers 1, 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 will all be assigned to the same day if you use the auto-assign feature in the assignment calendar.

When you are finished, click the “Generate” button, and a list of assignments will appear in the Assignments box.

To add more details to individual assignments, such as topic, directions, or notes, select the assignment from the list and edit the information in the Assignment Detail box.