How to Create Your Own Pacing Guide

I have been working on writing out how I schedule my homeschool days with multiple young children. Here’s the next step in the series!

how to make your own homeschool pacing guide for free

Step 2: Create Your Own Pacing Guide

I have a general plan laid out for the year for each subject/skill I plan to teach my kids. I use a “Scope and Sequence” or “Plan of Study” approach.  Basically, I look at how many lessons are in each curriculum, and spread those lessons out over the course of the year.

To illustrate, I choose to follow a 180-day school year.  I spread out the lessons and tasks I intend to teach throughout the year, to give myself a guide for staying on track over those 180 days. This prevents me from getting overwhelmed with all I must accomplish, and also keeps me from getting too far behind when I take days for field trips, playdates, or when the kids have extended visits to the grandparents’ houses. I have already begun planning in this way for next school year.

Here I’ll share the pacing guide for the 4/5 year-old I will be teaching this coming year. I’ll be using A Beka’s 4 year-old Kindergarten curriculum with her for the subject of Reading/Phonics. It contains 170 lesson plans, but I will only have her in my home on 4 days per week most weeks, and I homeschool following our county’s public schools’ calendar, which is 180 days. So, I’ve spread out A Beka’s 170 lessons among the 180 days in our homeschool year, but allowed for a 4-day per week school week for her.

Here is a scan of my actual plan (click the image to see it enlarged).

printable pacing guide

My homeschool planner has pacing guides like this included in it!  Go download it now.  Here is what they look like:

free printable pacing guide sheets for homeschool planning and scheduling



3 thoughts on “How to Create Your Own Pacing Guide

  1. For the monthly, six- and nine-week pacing guides, do you use a separate sheet for each subject? And do you have a preference between the three, or do you use them all? I’m trying to get a handle on the same sort of planning. We don’t have state laws about number of days/hours here, so it doesn’t *really* matter, but I like to know when things are going to end so I can be prepared. Right now I’ve just been jotting things like “be finished with history week 18” in my Google calendar. 🙂

    1. Hi, Christine! Yes, I use one page per subject. Most of the time I use the 9-week pacing guide myself, because we follow the public school system’s calendar here, and I do “quarters” and even give quarterly grades. 🙂 But I made lots of different options because I know everyone likes to plan differently, and I tried to make this a complete set with lots of different options depending on what you would prefer! 🙂

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