Homeschooling requires planning. No matter what your personality type, there’s just no way to get around that truth. When we neglect to plan, goals will be missed, important aspects of learning will fall through the cracks, and the growth and development of our children will suffer.
Yes, I know that such things happen even with the best-laid plans. But, there’s a difference: when we plan and there are issues, we notice them and can revisit the plan and find solutions. But when we don’t plan, so many of the gaps and issues go unnoticed until we’re at a point of panic trying to play catch-up—or until it’s really too late to fix the problem.
The bottom line is that homeschooling is a job, an occupation that requires a certain level of seriousness, academic work, and diligence, even for the more spontaneous and flexible personality.
Spontaneity in Diligence
If you love being spontaneous and flexible, the previous three paragraphs were probably discouraging. But, you kept reading! Congratulations! That means you get to read the good news. There are ways to be diligent and well-planned while still hanging onto your spontaneous, flexible approach to homeschooling! Here are some tips
Segments, Not Hours
Just because you need a guide for how much gets done each day does not mean it has to fall into rigid half-hours or hours. Instead, create segments, such as morning, afternoon, and evening. What general categories of activities need to fall into each segment?
Limit the List
Whether it’s school work, house work, work work, or anything else, be very selective and general about the tasks you list in each of your segments or blocks. Limit it to three to five tasks that keep you on track without hemming you in.
Order of Importance
As you list your tasks, go ahead and write them down in order of importance, then stick with that order. This will remind you to get the most important items done first and help reinforce your flexibility throughout the day.
That sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? But, think about it this way. If you note that you need to make a certain amount of progress in science and history over the course of the week, how much you get done each day can flex greatly. You can spend extra time on science here and more on history there. Focus on the topic or subject instead of specific page numbers, allowing yourself to keep going if your students are really engaged. You might even end up going beyond the books and heading outside for an impromptu hands-on activity!
Keep Moving Forward
If something remains undone by the end of one of your segments or blocks, leave it undone! Just move on to the next block of your day and start down the priorities for that block. As the day is ending, revisit your lists. What can you finish up now? What adjustments can be made to move the tasks to tomorrow? What adjustments can be made overall to reduce the number of tasks left undone?
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