There are moments I wish I could be in several places at once. This way, when I am homeschooling my kids, I could stand by each one of them and help them with their needs. Then I would still be free to get things done around the house.
While it may be summer time, this might be the perfect opportunity for me to sit down and figure out an easier way to balance my kids’ learning; since being in several places isn’t reasonable and being in one place can be stressful enough without trying to be in five!
When first beginning our homeschooling adventure, we went through Homeschooling 101. We needed to understand what the Lord was wanting of our children’s education, what the state required of us, and what educational options were available. Having a firm grasp of just these three areas helped us simplify our learning journey.
Even though we’ve been doing this for a few years, we still spend a great deal of time in prayer over each coming year. Through God’s leading, we plan our year.
Our first step in planning each school year, is to narrow down what our yearly schedule will be. This helps us determine when we will be learning, when we will be resting, and how much time we have to complete the materials. Next, we plan our weekly routine. Do we plan to do book work every day of the week; are certain days better for field trips or nature walks; and which day works best for library visits? Once our yearly schedule and our weekly routine are organized, we move on to planning our daily routine.
With a general plan in place, we move on to details. We determine which curriculum each child will need, adding it to our curriculum shopping list. We plan how the materials will be used and how to organize our learning day. We finalize these plans with a course of study for each child. Once the plans are in place, we have fun shopping for all our homeschooling needs and organizing our resources.
With a lot of prayer, and a few basic steps, we can simplify our homeschool year, taking the stress out of learning, and leaving room for fun, family, and memories.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
🔔Time to Chime In: Is planning your homeschool year a challenge? What is the most difficult part of homeschool organization? We’d love to hear your thoughts.