Step four should take the form of an evaluation of the lessons successes and shortcomings. While the lesson is still fresh in your mind, jot down your observations, note difficulties and areas which will need further clarification the next day. The true value of lesson plans is that one can check at a glance if all the necessary resources are in place for the day or unit or week ahead. Lesson plans must make provision for a variety of activities. Take your childs attention span into account when planning lessons. For example you could begin with a teacher tell approach where you keep explanations brief and repetitive, then pose questions, then move to a pen and paper activity. Thereafter you could move to a computer based task and finish with a worksheet which should assess whether you child has grasped the concept covered.
Obviously, an effective teacher will plan for a whole phase or at least year to begin with. The best way to start the four step process to drawing up a lesson plan; would be to begin with a broad overview of the skills, knowledge and desired outcomes for each quarter of the academic year. One can simply plan to make a one page annual summary per subject to be taught. If you are planning for the years work in Language arts classes, for example, you could in your annual draft, plan to start the year with poetry, move onto the novel genre in the second semester, the drama genre in the third semester, and so on.
Once you have a broad outline of the skills and sub-skills that you are going to teach, you can then move to thematic units. If you are aiming for a cross-curricular approach in your home classroom then a summary of themes should be added to your annual and quarterly planner. These themes will obviously cross over all of your subject year plans. If you are beginning with a broad theme such as the environment, then your resources for all subjects would be based on environment issues. Quite simply then, your English comprehensions and written work would be related to an aspect or aspects of the environment. In the mathematics class, your examples would be based on the environment, and so on.