Are you a seasoned homeschooler? Maybe you’re a newbie? Have you been at this thing for a few years yet you can’t seem to get the hang of it?
Do you find yourself without a plan in place at the start of the school day?
Are you wondering where you are in each subject? What have you covered or maybe behind on? Are you always trying stay above the water? Do you face each school day with dread?
A disorganized homeschool can reek havoc not only on you but for your kids. They need mama to have her act together if they are going to learn anything in school. We can’t simply wing it when it comes to homeschool.
Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work.
Without the proper planning, you can easily have a school day (and even year!) spiral out of control.
The trick to a smooth homeschool year is planning.
Having a lesson planner dedicated to your homeschool needs to become your best friend.
The first few years of my homeschooling, I didn’t use a planner. When you are only homeschooling one kid, without needing to report to the state, there really isn’t a need to have such plans. I didn’t feel the need and if you are in that spot then this is just a word advice for when you are ready for it. But once you’re into the bigger grades and schooling more than one child, a planner is a must have.
As busy mama’s we only have so much mental space in our heads. We can’t successfully manage everything by memory. We need to put our pen to the paper and write things down, plan for the day and plan for each subject and each child.
This doesn’t have to be a whole year of homeschool organization at once. Maybe that’s not your thing. But sitting down at the start of each week to plan that one week is a good place to start. You might find it helpful to plan in 6-week increments. Find a groove that works for your style. I find weekly planning works well for us. If we have an unexpected day off, it’s easier to work with that in weekly planning than it is for longer periods of time.
Now I do like to organize my curriculum for the entire year, that makes life so much easier when in the thick of homeschooling but my lesson planning is done weekly because it suits our more relaxed paces schooling.
If you are worn out, disorganized, frazzled or frustrated with how your homeschooling has been going then may I suggest that you start utilizing this trick.
Last year I created a homeschool planner that I created to meet the need for a more simplified planner. I couldn’t find a simple planner out there. I didn’t want all the bells and whistles and I didn’t want to pay for them either. I just wanted a space to record our daily lesson, field trip plans, attendance, and grades. I didn’t monthly calendar sheets, important dates, homework pages, teacher or student schedule sheets and so much more. I felt frustrated after searching Pinterest for days. All of the free ones out there weren’t pretty and then all the pretty (and pricey ones!) were filled with pages I simply wouldn’t use so I didn’t want to pay out for them. I felt defeated. So I created my own!
My simple lesson planner is not just super cute but it’s super functional! It slim enough to be carried around easily – hello school at the park or on the trampoline! It has just the right pages for a typical homeschool mom. You simply print the right number of pages, take it to staples to be spiral bound – which is usually about $3.50 depending on your location. For less than $8 you have a pretty homeschool planner in your hands. One that you will love looking at and using all year round.
If you want to keep your homeschool planning light and manageable without breaking the bank, then may I suggest that you take a look! It just might be what you are looking for as well. The trick to a smooth homeschool year is planning. Are you ready to start?