An important lesson to learn in the teen years is how to manage your time, your goals, and your schedule. To develop the ability to manage your days in order to put into practice your goals. To understand the limitations of time, and how to choose the best thing. Our children will have their own vocational work, their own ministry, their own households, their own children. They need to have an understanding of how they can organise themselves, their days, and their goals.
In the early teen years I give my children a simple checklist of what they need to accomplish in the day. They have the freedom to re-order the list if they wish, but the goal is to complete it. This list includes books to read, workbook lessons, and household chores.
In the later teen years I plan our yearly course of study and resources in collaboration with my children, within the framework of Christian classical educational philosophy.. We discuss interests, what they need to know, and what they might like to work at, learn, or formally study for the next step into their future. Once this plan has been made and resources purchased, I organise a shelf for them in our home library. This is their key go-to-place throughout the year and helps us keep organised with our books. Usually this is completed by December.
Then I make templates for them to use throughout the year. Now is the time to expand on the idea of the simple daily checklist and allow them the experience of personal goal setting, weekly and daily scheduling, recording their learning. The aim is to create an awareness of their time and how they can achieve their goals, the skill to begin choosing the best way to spend their time, and to introduce them to some of the tools.
The Study Record is for the student to tick off the days they have studied. This enables them to look back over their year and compare the achievement of their study goals with the days they have dedicated to study.
The Reading Log is a place to list all the books they have read throughout the year. Both assigned books and free reading books. This gives an overview of the range of reading across genre's and subject areas, and a record of the kind of reading that contributes to their thinking and understanding.
The Loop Schedule is a daily checklist with the idea that whatever is not completed that day is rolled over to the next day. In this way no study area, chore, book is missed. What doesn't get done to day can become part of tomorrow.
The Weekly Checklist is a place to record those events and jobs that need to be dedicated to a particular day and gives an overview of your week ahead as a whole and how our daily routines join together to form the rhythm of our week.
The Study Goal chart is a simple record of where you are headed. What you would like to achieve by the end of each term in terms of work completed, projects finished, books read, skills developed, experiences shared. What would you like to have accomplished? What is the reason you are reading particular books or working through particular courses?
At the end of the year of learning these plans can be kept as a work sample for your report or personal portfolio under the subject headings of Home Economics or Business Studies.