So now you have your school terms and books planned out, it's time to schedule your lessons for the year. In my planner, I simply list them down and divide them according to my schedule later; hence the reason why we plan out the school terms first and list down the books.
Scheduling the lessons is relative to the speed with which you carry out the lesson, so you know best. If you are only using textbooks, the lessons will be simply whatever topics that are listed in the contents page. You can feel the satisfaction later of ticking the list off each time you have covered a topic.
I use a scope and sequence as my core curriculum, especially for my younger girls, from montessoricompass.com and plan my lessons around them as they closely follow through the Montessori curriculum. This will be mainly what is listed down in my Lesson Schedule.
Apart from that, for certain subjects where I am confident that following the Montessori Research and Development manuals are enough, I simply list down the topics I want to cover based on them instead of referring to Montessori Compass.
My tween uses a mix of curriculums with some Montessori to close the gaps. So it is a mix of that same scope and sequence and topics from whatever books she is using this year. As she will not be sitting for a major exams in at least four years, we are not following any particular Exam syllabus.
It would be nice to correlate the lessons with the storybooks, workbooks and activities all at once; but I leave that to when I am actually planning for individual lessons later.
The point is to just list down the core of the curriculum you want to cover. Whatever extras can be noted down when you come to it.
1. List down the lessons you want to do next year in the Lesson Schedule. I find it easier to divide it by the number of school weeks. Try not to be overambitious in your lessons or you will be spending the holidays just planning for homeschool. For example if you are going to HS for 40 weeks, plan for 25 lessons, assuming a topic a week. Your child would want time to practice, explore or extend on certain topics.
2. Prepare your child's time table. This way you will know how much time you will spend on a subject a week, helping you to gauge how much you can cover.
3. Have a ready record of other books and materials. While you may not cross reference other materials or books that you may use now, having them already recorded earlier would make it easy for you to know which books you have when you need them as you plan for each school week. Try to have printable books already printed and bound so you won't spend the term rushing to print them.
4. Layer and enrich your plans. As HSrs we love to be organic and follow the interests of the child. Try not to be too rigid in your schedule and layer your plans with activities or materials that you and your child come up with along the way.