Lesson Plans · Organization

Lesson Planning 101

Even though I am using a curriculum that includes daily lesson plans, I still purchased a teacher’s lesson planning book in order to keep track of teaching 3 different grade levels for three of my children. In addition, I will be taking on the responsibility of teaching Piano Lessons to our two eldest girls so I needed space to keep track of it all. This is the lesson plan book I used (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/3howwIQ

In preparation for the first 3 weeks of lessons, I organized each daughter’s materials and curriculum into three bins, looking ahead in each lesson to see which materials I would need to avoid scrambling the morning of the lesson to find a random 2 litre bottle, roll of toilet paper, etc.

I also visualized how the day would go, anticipating the need for sharpened pencils (thereby installing a sharpener nearby), quiet workspace (moving a desk into the big’s bedroom), and half-finished work (the use of magazine holders from IKEA).

Although I have a Masters in Elementary Education and am a classically trained pianist, I’ve never actually taught piano, formally. I’ve decided to rely on the Alfred series to guide our piano lessons. They offer free teaching manuals found here: https://www.alfred.com/alfreds-basic-piano-library-teachers-guides/ which I chose to have printed through Office Depot (what can I say, I’m a paper and pencil kind-of-gal). Aurora (age 8) has taken for three years but since we missed lessons in the spring I’m starting her back off at Level 1b with the option to add more advanced material as we go. I ordered her the lesson book as well as the theory book, technic book, recital book, and fun book. You can also find them bundled here: https://amzn.to/2QbVMWq. Harper (age 7 in October) will begin at Level 1a and if Emma (age 5 in November) shows interest, I’ll start her with the prep courses. I also added some really fun Faber Disney song books! I’m using the Primer for Harper and Level 1 and Level 2 for Aurora.

Like parenting, teaching is all about your ability to adapt and pivot. All of my lesson plans are written in pencil for this very reason!! It’s great to have a goal with the knowledge that plans will change. The more we accept this reality, the less frustration we will feel when things do not go as planned.

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