Do you ever get excited about the prospect of planning something, only to discover you’re completely lost and have no idea where to begin?
Just because you have a personality that gets all excited about planning and scheduling doesn’t automatically mean every planning venture is going to come naturally and easily to you. Sometimes, even in things you love, you still need a bit of training. That’s definitely true of homeschooling. Your job as a homeschool teacher requires a measure of training, just like any other job.
Introductory Training for the Homeschooler Who Loves to Plan
There are so many things to learn and explore when it comes to homeschool planning. Every curriculum choice is going to produce a different planning opportunity, and each child or season of life will require something a little different. If you chat with a long-time homeschooler, you’ll probably discover that even decade-plus veterans still get excited when they learn a new planning trick!
Still, the starting points are pretty consistent, regardless of the curriculum or experience. The first key is to find a good planner that allows checklists, such as Well Planned Gal’s line of planners (Well Planned Day for multiple students or On the Go for just one). From there, here are a few additional tips:
It’s tempting to try to put a lot of detail in the plan. Avoid that temptation! Instead, focus on the basics of the assignments themselves, including page numbers and very basic instructions. If notes and further instructions can be found in the material, a page number is sufficient to direct you there. You can always make additional notes in the book or on lined sticky notes
Keep It Simple
Keep everything in one place by putting family activities, menus planning, etc. in the same planner as your lesson plans. That way you are more likely to be able to keep your whole day balanced and straight-forward.
A Week at a Time
Planners love to plan big! But, avoid that temptation, at least on paper. If you want to plan for a semester or whole year, do so in a flexible online planner format—or jot down broad goals to keep you on track. But, keep the immediate, more detailed plan limited to about a week. This allows for necessary flexibility and regular adjustment.
Plan with an Erasable Writing Instrument
Things change. This is why you limit detailed planning to a week, and it’s also why you plan in a way that allows you to make changes. Erasing and rewriting is a whole lot neater than scribbling and jotting in the margins—which means it’s a whole lot easier to avoid dropping the ball because of changes getting lost in the mess of a scribbled planner!
This seems obvious, but it can be easy to forget to plan in time to plan. Set aside time each week to review how the plan worked the previous week, make adjustments, and lay out the plan for the new week. Make sure to communicate plans well to the family each week, using a family calendar and/or a weekly planning “date” to discuss the upcoming week.
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