Do you struggle with homeschool planning? Do you wish you could discover some realistic homeschool planning methods? Homeschool moms have completely different ways of approaching the planning process.
Some of us have detailed plans for each day of our homeschool year before we even begin.
And others choose to wing it and take a more unschooled approach to learning.
But what if you’re somewhere in the middle? What if you would like to have an idea of what you’re planning to teach without being locked into a rigid plan?!?
Realistic homeschool planning is completely possible!
When I first started to homeschool my boys, I was more rigid in my planning. I knew exactly what I wanted to teach them, specific book titles that we would read each day, and even what enrichment activities would go along with each lesson. It was a lot of work to maintain this in-depth of a planning process. And after awhile, I got tired.
Fortunately, over the years, I’ve developed a more manageable system of homeschool planning that gives you freedom for life to happen without stressing you out or forcing you to fly blind.
Realistic Homeschool Planning
Step One – What Will Your Year Look Like
The first step is to figure out what subjects you even want to teach. When your kids are young, you can focus on whatever subjects you feel will be best for your child with the core subjects being reading, writing, and math. As they hit the high school years, you will want to consult your child’s transcript to determine which classes need to be covered this year.
Next, you will need to decide which curriculum or resources you want to use for each class and purchase the necessary books and supplies.
Watch this video to see step-by-step how to accomplish this first part of your realistic homeschool planning.
Step Two – Breaking it Down into Weeks
The next step is to come up with an overview of what material you will want to aim to accomplish each week of your homeschool year.
Watch this video to see step-by-step how to accomplish this second part of your realistic homeschool planning.
Step Three – Weekly Planning
The third step of realistic planning is to actually make a template for a typical homeschool week. You don’t have to cover every subject every day! What do you want to cover on Mondays? On Tuesdays? And so on. After making this template, it makes your weekly homeschool planning straightforward. You simply update your template with whatever specific information you need to cover that week.
Watch this video to see step-by-step how to accomplish this third part of your realistic homeschool planning.
Step Four – Daily Planning
Some people will choose to skip this step and simply print their entire week at the same time. However, I’ve found that my homeschool days almost never go exactly the way that I’ve planned. It’s not unusual to have lessons take more or less time than I had anticipated or to have to do something unexpected that has nothing to do with homeschooling.
Because of this, I like to have my entire week prepared in advance but to only print one day’s lessons at a time. This way, if anything has to be changed, it’s simple for me to go back in and make the changes before printing the checklist for that day.
And that’s it. This realistic method of homeschool planning is so much quicker and more painless than the rigid methods I used in the past. I hope that these tips will help you to save a ton of time preparing your homeschool lessons in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions about planning or tips that you’ve learned along the way, I’d love to hear them. Please leave a comment below!