Printable Pacing Guides

by | Jul 26, 2023 | Homeschool Planning & Prep

Last Updated Jul 28, 2023
Pacing it Out

Plan for a smooth homeschool year by pacing it all out using printable pacing guides!

Homeschool Planning

Learning how to prepare for homeschooling can feel like a daunting task!

However, if you lean on simple lesson-planning tactics and learn how to pace out your homeschool curriculum from the get-go, it won’t feel quite so overwhelming.

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Planning is my jam and pacing guides are a huge part of that, you guys!

Homeschool Pacing Guides

Pacing guides for lesson-planning purposes have been around for a very long time and most teachers and homeschool parents already utilize these amazing tools!

With that said, if you are preparing for your very first homeschool year and you are completely lost on how to pace it all out, I’ve totally got you!

While most curriculum comes with their own schedule or pacing guide, I rarely ever lean on those for my own homeschool planning purposes.

They simply aren’t one size fits all.

Pacing Out Homeschool Curriculum for Easy Learning

We homeschool with a slightly backward homeschool schedule by doing the bulk of our learning over the summer months.

As year-round homeschoolers that travel part-time, this just works for us.

So, leaning on a customizable pacing guide that I can easily tweak as our travel plans change is the perfect option for our road schooling family!

With that said, pacing guides are a great option for all homeschool families that prefer a semi-structured (or very structured) homeschool style.

Plus, they can easily be adapted for teaching in the classroom as well.

How to Use Pacing Guides

While I like to say that we are part-time structured homeschoolers and part-time unschoolers, that structured part is definitely where we thrive the most.

Don’t get me wrong, the months when my youngest mainly learns through exploring, traveling, and child-led play are essential and she definitely flourishes in that element.

However, she tends to get relaxed and behind in her book studies leaving us in catch-up mode while we are stationary over the summer months — with math specifically.

With that said, that is why I love utilizing a customizable printable pacing guide for our homeschool!

If you are new to pacing guides, these are the simple steps you need to know.

  • Go through all curricula for the upcoming year
  • Catalog how many lessons there are for each subject
  • Create your homeschool calendar complete with days/weeks off
  • Pace your lessons out by week

For example, if child A has 100 math lessons to complete and your homeschool year is 36 weeks, they will need to complete 2-3 lessons of math per week to finish their curriculum by the end of the year.

Example Printable Pacing Guides Template

This is a mock-up that is loosely based on my 10-year-old daughter’s pacing guide, using our FREE printable pacing guide template! We do 1 lesson of science per week and read books for history. However, we do drawing and typing instead of art/extras.

Pacing guides are just a simple way to set goals and track progress in your homeschool.

With that said, they are not meant to be set in stone!

If you can stick to the original pacing guide you create at the beginning of the year, then kudos to you! I, however, tweak our personal pacing guides multiple times a year.

While, yes, pacing guides are meant to be a projected goal for the year, they simply don’t always line up with reality.

Life is filled with mishaps and unexpected trials and when those wrenches get thrown into the mix, our pacing guide has to adjust accordingly.

Free Printable Pacing Guides

This is the good stuff, you guys!

While I can easily throw together a cute printable for the kids, I’m not exactly an Excel genius.

So, I left this freebie up to my husband and he totally delivered, you guys!

Our free printable pacing guides include 2-25 week semesters & 9 subject lines per semester — making them perfect for both year-round homeschoolers and traditional 36-week schoolers.

While we have had pacing guides available on our website for a number of years, this specific printable has been newly updated and it is now editable and more customizable than ever before!

Free Printable Pacing Guide Template

I use this exact pacing guide in my very own homeschool and it’s the glue that holds everything together!

With that said, check out these 2 ways to use your editable pacing guides!

  • Plan for a 36-week school year

If you follow a traditional 36-week school year, simply pace out your learning weeks as well as your off weeks.

Typically this means you will plan for 18 on weeks and 7 off weeks per semester — utilizing your pacing guide as both a plan and a school calendar!

  • Plan for year-round school

If you plan to homeschool year-round, taking little to no time off, this pacing guide can help you plan a full 50 weeks of learning!

While yes, the calendar year is technically 52 weeks, there is no year-rounder that is doing lessons every single week of the year.

Utilizing a 5o week pacing guide allows for time off to prep for your upcoming year.

Get Your Pacing Guides

If you are already a part of the Life + Homeschool community, you can get your hands on our updated pacing guides by visiting our free printables library and entering the passcode.

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Happy planning, you guys!

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Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the homeschool planning & prep portion of the blog! 

I am a huge planner and thrive with a to do list or schedule in my hand! If you have recently embarked on the journey of preparing to homeschool your own kiddos, this section has all the helps you need to get started!

I hope you found this article helpful and come back to visit us again soon!

Want to connect on social media?

You can find all of our social accounts below!

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Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the homeschool planning & prep portion of the blog! 

I am a huge planner and thrive with a to do list or schedule in my hand! If you have recently embarked on the journey of preparing to homeschool your own kiddos, this section has all the helps you need to get started!

I hope you found this article helpful and come back to visit us again soon!

Want to connect on social media?

You can find all of our social accounts below!

FacebookInstagramPinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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