what is lesson plan ladies?

Lesson Plan Ladies provide challenging, digital, downloadable, premium, classical lesson plan materials for pre-kindergarten through first grade students.  These lesson plans are for home school parents, co-ops, and those desiring to supplement their child's current private or public school education.  Coming soon are second through fourth grade lesson plans.  Second grade material will be available for the 2016-2017 school year.

what is a lesson plan?

A lesson plan is an in-depth lesson description from which an educator teaches.  Lesson plans are made based on educational goals, and provide a pattern for instruction throughout the school year. 

how do lpl lesson plans differ from other lesson plans?

Our lesson plans outline daily lessons for each subject that guide and pace instruction throughout the school year.  LPL have carefully constructed lessons, so you need merely to prepare and teach.  Our lesson plans include:

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Curriculum List (with correlating page numbers)
  • Materials List
  • Supplemental Literature List (where applicable)
  • Weekly Plans (one full school year, or 36 weeks, in a table format)

how do i prepare to teach from LPL lesson plans?

When you receive your newly purchased lesson plans, buy the necessary books listed in the Curriculum List.  You can find a complete list of required and recommend books on amazon by clicking on the grade levels here: pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.  Read the lesson plan’s introduction first to familiarize yourself with the nuances of that particular subject.  Begin gathering or purchasing the materials listed on the plans (please note that the materials in the complete list are in alphabetical order, while the weekly lists show only the materials you will need for each week).  Finally, before teaching, familiarize yourself with the entire lesson plan, curricula, and content for the subject.  There are 36 week’s worth of plans per document, with very few exceptions.

how many days of instruction do lpl lesson plans contain each week?

LPL lesson plans are designed for four days of instruction per week, giving families an extra day to be used for co-ops, field trips, grocery shopping, appointments, cleaning, or other weekly tasks that need to be accomplished.

what is a co-op?

Co-op is an abbreviated form of the word "cooperative."  A co-op is an organized group of like-minded people willingly working together for a common purpose.  In the home education realm, the common purpose of a co-op is to diligently educate children.  Co-ops can be either a couple of families or many, depending on the objective of that particular co-op.  When LPL speak of a co-op, we are referring to several families working together to home educate their children in several subjects, at least one day per week.

If you are interested in using LPL lesson plans for your co-op, click here to view and purchase co-op bundles! If your co-op has an excess of eight families, please contact LPL for pricing.

what are the benefits of being in a co-op?

There are many benefits to participating in a co-op.  The first is shared teaching responsibilities, which lighten individual teaching loads during the school week.  Shared teaching also allows children to benefit from the strengths of other teachers.  Another benefit is shared cost.  In a co-op, all families contribute to buying supplies, which significantly cuts down project costs.  The greatest benefit to forming or joining a co-op, however, is both the teachers’ and students’ enjoyment of learning with others!  Children adore spending time with other children, and - let’s face it - moms and dads love time with friends, too! 

If you are interested in using LPL lesson plans for your co-op, click here to view and purchase co-op bundles! If your co-op has an excess of eight families, please contact LPL for pricing.

why should i choose to use lpl material?

We take time-consuming home school research and planning off your plate and place it on ours.  The key to teaching school at home and/or running a co-op is organization.  At Lesson Plan Ladies, we deliver:

  • The equivalent of a private school education for a fraction of the cost!
  • Clear, concise, and organized lesson plans
  • Subjects that are integrated with one another making learning more meaningful
  • Affordable aids to help you teach
  • Complete co-op packages
  • Dependable products
  • Consistency in the lesson plans, allowing the teacher to switch from one subject to the next with ease
  • High quality material

Simply put:  We plan.  You teach.

how are lpl lesson plans beneficial for co-ops?

Deciding on a curriculum coupled with lesson planning amongst a group can consume a large amount of time and energy.  LPL lesson plans provide excellent curricula solutions, structure, flexibility, and convenience, allowing a new or establish cooperative to function with ease, while saving parents massive amounts of precious time.  LPL lesson plans afford parents the ability to teach one or more of the same subjects as other co-op members either at home or in a co-op setting, keeping everyone organized and on task.

If you are interested in using LPL lesson plans for your co-op, click here to view and purchase co-op bundles! If your co-op has an excess of eight families, please contact LPL for pricing.

practically speaking, how might one incorporate lpl lesson plans in a co-op setting?

LPL lesson plans’ easy-to-use design will make implementing them into a co-op feel effortless.  This can be achieved a variety of ways.  Because there is no one “formula” for implementation, we have provided guiding questions that may assist you as you think about the process:

1.)   What grades will be taught?
2.)   Which subjects will be taught?
3.)   How many days per week will the co-op meet?
4.)   Will the purpose for meeting be to teach new material, review material that was taught at home during the week, or both?
5.)   Will subjects covered in co-op need to be taught or reviewed at home, during the week?

If you are interested in using LPL lesson plans for your co-op, click here to view and purchase a co-op bundle! If your co-op has an excess of eight families, please contact LPL for pricing.

does the recommended use of curriculum found in lpl lesson plans meet grade level requirements?

We strive for academic excellence and have planned a very rigorous curriculum for your student.  That said, we recommend that you reference your state’s standards to ensure your student is learning all the state-required information.

what is classical education?

Classical education is one distinct philosophy of teaching children.  When we use the term “classical,” we are referring to the method and curriculum we use to teach children.  

The classical method is sometimes referred to as a trivium, a process of training a still-forming mind.  There are three stages in this process:  grammar, logic, and rhetoric.  The grammar stage is the one on which LPL currently focuses.  In this stage, children’s minds are like sponges, soaking up all the information presented to them.  Children can learn and memorize a vast amount of information, which becomes the foundation for the rest of their education.  During the logic stage, when the mind begins to think and reason more logically, children naturally ask the question “Why?” about the topics and subjects they are studying.  In the rhetoric stage, students learn how to eloquently argue and express their knowledge in both written and verbal forms.         

The curricula selected for a classical education is language and literature focused.  History is taught chronologically, and is the intensive center of the curriculum.  Other subjects are taught in relation to the historical content.  If you imagine history as the sun, the other subjects are the planets revolving around it.  For example, in second grade history, we study the Medieval Era.  During that period, great philosophers made world-changing discoveries about the earth and space.  We study those philosophers and their discoveries, and connect what we learn to earth science and astronomy by exploring the related theories in science class.  Similarly, we study Renaissance artists and create original works using the same materials or methods they used.  We might also select a children’s version of The Canterbury Tales to give the children a taste of classic literature from that period.  Perhaps we listen to pieces composed by medieval musicians.  Children both enjoy and benefit from immersion in a different time period through interrelated learning.

which pattern of classical education do lesson plan ladies follow?

There are many schools of thought about classical education.  We have modeled our teaching based on the trivium, and have taken many curriculum recommendations from Susan Wise Bauer’s and Jessie Wise’s The Well-Trained Mind.  We highly recommend The Well-Trained Mind, however, we do take the liberty to use alternative teaching resources when we believe they enhance the child’s education.  

"i am really interested in classical education.  what resources are available to read and learn more about this popular philosophy?"

There are a lot of wonderful resources to read in order to learn about classical education.  We recommend, The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise, Wisdom and Eloquence by Robert Littlejohn and Charles T. Evans, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson, and The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer.

if my child is in first grade, for example, do i have to use first grade materials?

The recommended grade levels are guidelines for you to use as you begin teaching.  LPL has added age ranges for these grade levels. They can be found here. Every child is different in the way he learns, the speed at which he learns, the subjects he enjoys, and the subjects at which he excels.  Additionally, every family has different needs and schedules that must be considered.  We have found the recommended grade levels to accommodate most children well, but as always, we support speeding up or slowing down to meet your student’s specific needs.  Do not hesitate to speed up in one subject and slow down in another.  Do not panic if your student ends the year on week 22.   Each year, you will make educational decisions for your child.  In the case of finishing on week 22, you may decide to begin next year where you left off the previous year, start over, or begin on the next grade level.  Making decisions to meet your child’s needs represents the beauty and freedom of home educating!    

Does one have to be a christian to use LPL lesson plans?

No.  Most curricula we have chosen is classical, and may have a Christian worldview, but our lesson plans may be used effectively by people of different faiths as well.   

can lpl’s plans be used by a family with various school age children?

Yes, multiple children of varying school ages can benefit from LPL lesson plans.  Many home school mothers and fathers group their children together for subjects such as history, science, art, music, and recitation.  However, if children are two or more grade levels apart, parents usually prefer - and LPL recommends – teaching separate phonics, spelling, English and math.  Our curriculum is challenging, so if you wish to combine your kids into the same class, we recommend you teach the lesson plans appropriate for the grade level of the youngest student and appropriately modify the amount of work for the older student.     

can i get a refund if i change my mind about my purchase?

Because our products are in digital format, we do not issue refunds after the downloadable links have been purchased.  We recommend you view all sample pages available before making a purchase.

what should i do if i can’t open my purchased lesson plan?

Usually, when a customer has trouble opening the lesson plans, it is because the lesson plans are in PDF format, which requires Adobe Reader to view.  If you do not have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can download it for free here:

http://get.adobe.com/reader/

If you continue to have problems opening something you purchased from LPL, please send us a message via the “Contact Us" page.

do I need permission to copy my purchased lesson plans at a local copy center?

Your local copy center is not legally allowed to copy LPL products for you.  However, you may bring your newly purchased PDF on a flash drive to any copy center and copy it yourself legally. 

what is your distribution policy?

You may make as many copies of your purchased LPL material for use within your immediate family. You may also purchase our Co-op Bundle which provides a license to distribute LPL lesson plans to multiple families.

how do i report link issues?

We strive to give our customers the highest quality resources.  We know, however, that the internet is ever-changing.  If you come across a link that is not working properly, please send us a quick message via the "Contact" page.  When we receive your message, we will update the link!