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5 Tips to Help You Prepare for the Homeschool Year

prepare for the homeschool year

I have the books. Now what?

The curriculum has all been delivered. It’s time to prepare for the homeschool year! But at the moment, you’re sitting in the middle of the floor feeling both excitement and utter anxiety over the piles of exciting brand new books surrounding you.

If this describes you, you’re not alone! What seemed like the perfect resource when building the curriculum order can become very overwhelming when you realize that you have to actually prepare for the homeschool year by turning these wonderful resources into a real, practical teaching and learning tools for your students.

The solution is a four-letter word that might seem as intimidating as the resource: plan.

Not all of us are planners, but if we are going to successfully tackle the responsibility of homeschooling, all of us need to learn how to create at least a basic plan for the year. The beauty is that we don’t have to all plan the same way. We can plan according to our personalities. But, it’s also helpful to know that there are some foundational planning guidelines we can use, no matter what kind of planners we are.

Prepare for the Homeschool Year by Setting Parameters

The first step as you prepare for the new year is to set a start and ending date for your school year. How many weeks are included between those dates? Be sure to also consider birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, holidays, and known commitments while figuring in at least a couple of weeks of discretionary time for medical appointments, unexpected family or friend time, illness, or other interruptions.

You might be wondering if year-round schooling would create an exception to this step as you prepare for the school year. The answer is no. Even if you school year-round, you need to have a goal to work toward in order to make sure your child progresses well each year. So, you still need to set a date at which one school year ends and the next starts.

Keep in mind, though, that setting a start and end date can flex from subject to subject. If your student is moving very quickly through language arts but needs a little more time in math, it’s okay to set individual date goals for each subject. You don’t have to hold your student back in one subject just to keep them on track in another.

Prepare for the Homeschool Year by Assessing Your Child

One of the biggest challenges as you prepare for the homeschool year is the uncertainty of how much time is needed for each concept and topic. To help give you an idea of what aspects of the year will take more time and every, take the time to assess where your child is academically before you start planning. You can do this in two ways:

Assess your child’s grasp of last year’s work to determine what things were processed well, what still takes effort, and what gaps continue to exist.
Assess your child based on concepts which will be covered in the coming year to see what they already know, what they are able to process with some familiarity even if specific answers to questions are incorrect, and what is completely foreign information.

Some curricula include placement tests with each subject to help you assess your child. You can also use an assessment like Well Planned Start for a general evaluation. If no evaluation exists to meet your needs, use the first week of lesson plans to evaluate how ready your student is for the new year. Use your assessment results to help you evaluate what subjects will need the most time and energy.

Prepare for the Homeschool Year by Familiarizing Yourself with Resources

At the beginning of many resources, you will see a note that urges you to read through every detail before you get started. But in truth, few of us have time to even scratch the surface of all of that reading in the middle of everything else we have to do to prepare for the homeschool year!

Start instead by taking a quick look at the layout of a typical lesson or unit. Consider the total number of lessons or units, then evaluate how many days you have to complete each one to meet your target end date.

Next, pick a few random lessons from throughout the material and read through them more closely. As you process the material for a typical week or unit, write down any questions you have.

Once that’s done, you’ll have context for what information you need to glean from the introductory material. This allows you to quickly skim through the introduction and any teacher notes to find those answers and see if any other information stands out, thus saving you time and mental energy for the rest of what you need to explore as you prepare for the homeschool year.

A Special Tip to Help Natural Planners Prepare for the Homeschool Year

The temptation for natural planners is to overplan, which can be as problematic as not planning at all as you prepare for the homeschool year. Here are a some ways planners can effectively lay out the year while still maintaining necessary flexibility:

  • Choose resources that make it easy to have a general idea of what’s coming or that have clearly laid out lessons or units.
  • Use an online or computer based planning tool such as Well Planned Gal’s Online Planner that allows you to easily bump individual assignments and rearrange plans as needed.
  • If you are a die-hard paper planner gal, use the digital planner for the whole year, then write assignments for the coming week only in your printed homeschool planner.

A Special Tip to Help Non-Planners Prepare for the Homeschool Year

Planning is necessary even for those who are not natural planners. Without it, there is no framework for ensuring that certain mile markers and goals are reached in a timely fashion. But, planning to prepare for the homeschool year doesn’t have to look the same for non-planners as it does for natural planners.

  • When selecting curriculum, find resources that provide pre-done lesson plans to help you stay on track.
  • Break courses down into manageable, six-week batches. At the end of each batch, evaluate where you are in comparison to your goal, then set an attainable goal for the next six weeks.
  • At the end of each day, jot down what you completed that day so you can analyze what helped your reach your short-term goal or caused you to lag behind.

Don’t forget that you do have flexibility as you prepare for the homeschool year! For example, if your year seems pressed for time, consider stretching some of your studies (especially fine arts, electives, foreign language, and supplemental activities) out over two years instead of one. In the elementary years, this can even be done with history and science, leaving plenty of room for math, reading, and language arts.

The bottom line, though, is that homeschooling requires preparation of some sort, whether it’s natural to us or not. Although it can be a time-consuming prospect, preparing for the homeschool year does not have to be as daunting as some homeschooling parents fear it to be. Planning can be flexible and structured to match each individual homeschooler’s style and skills.

Do you like to lay out your own lesson plans each year, or does the thought of creating plans induce an anxiety attack? Take our Planner Personality Quiz to discover ways to have a successful and well-planned homeschool year, no matter what your planner personality might be!

In addition to working as managing editor for HEDUA, Ann is a missionary kid, second generation homeschooler, pastor's wife, and mom of three. She loves encouraging and equipping others, especially women in the homeschooling and ministry communities.

  • Amy Johnson

    We have a curriculum that plans out the lessons for each day, we love the structure!

    September 5, 2022 at 2:31 pm Reply
    • Vicki Williams

      Same here. We like structure and laid out lesson plans.

      December 22, 2022 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Jennifer Garcia

      What curriculum do you use? We are using the Good and the Beautiful and love it so far.

      December 31, 2022 at 10:32 pm Reply
  • Becky Campbell

    Thanks for the great info

    September 5, 2022 at 3:45 pm Reply
    • Kathryn Starr

      I wish I could get as organized as this company lol

      December 23, 2022 at 11:47 pm Reply
  • Kelly Freeman

    It’s a lot of work

    September 6, 2022 at 7:40 pm Reply
    • Krystal steele

      Yes it is! I’ve done summer homeschooling to prepare my oldest for the next grade every year since she was in Kindergarten (she’s a 3rd grader now), and I have no idea how teachers cover everything in one year.

      November 7, 2022 at 2:25 pm Reply
    • Jade Mcleod

      Will have to use this info.

      December 10, 2022 at 12:32 am Reply
  • michelle Parslow

    Love the information and help. First year homeschooler here and I could use all the help I could get.

    September 7, 2022 at 6:23 am Reply
    • Chelsea Oosting

      I can second this!!! Felling pretty overwhelmed already…

      September 18, 2022 at 2:21 am Reply
    • Shannon Condor

      Yes, I agree! This is definitely helpful!

      December 26, 2022 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • Samantha Lefebvre

    I am so glad I found wellplannedgal! I haven’t begun homeschooling yet but have have decided that we will by the time our kids reach middle school. My oldest is just now in grade 3 and I may keep him in public school through 5th grade… not sure about that yet but we’ll at least be bringing him home for middle school for sure. This is all great info and tips – thank you.

    September 7, 2022 at 8:23 pm Reply
    • Amberlynn Duran

      Great read! Very helpful information. Thank you!

      October 27, 2022 at 5:38 pm Reply
  • Y Beaver

    Homeschooling can be difficult but its so rewarding.

    September 7, 2022 at 10:20 pm Reply
  • Roxana Aquique

    I really love homeschooling . And this blog I just bumped into is awesome I’m definitely going to read more and be part of this.

    September 9, 2022 at 8:57 am Reply
  • Irene Russell

    Thank you for all this good information, I’m a newbie his year and starting off is a bit overwhelming.

    September 9, 2022 at 6:52 pm Reply
  • Josada

    This year I’m using a curriculum that has everything thing planned out for me. It’s so nice and a game changer for out homeschool.

    September 9, 2022 at 10:04 pm Reply
  • Caitlin Szigethy

    Great read thank you!

    September 10, 2022 at 10:08 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth Anne

    Thanks for all of your tips! I’m gonna have to come back and re-read all of this.

    One of the best things that helped me was when I decided on a schedule of which days we’d do school, and scheduling in breaks. We school year round, and I decided to do 4 weeks of classes, then 1 week off. We can also take off for holidays, birthdays, and on random days that my husband has off during the week.

    Before I decided on this schedule I would just keep going and going, and I burnt myself & my don out bajen we’d take a break from school for too long. Then school for too many days. It was a vicious cycle. But the scheduled breaks really help us.

    September 10, 2022 at 11:32 pm Reply
  • Talia L

    I love how much information and tips you offer, I have 3 kids I’m homeschooling and I love learning new fun ways to teach

    September 11, 2022 at 12:08 pm Reply
  • Deanna LoPresti

    We are very new to homeschooling. I appreciate the advice! I am still trying to plan but at least have a curriculum.

    September 11, 2022 at 7:53 pm Reply
    • Sierra Fowler

      Great info!

      October 28, 2022 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • Stacy Minert

    I’m looking forward to learning more and implementing these tips.

    September 13, 2022 at 9:56 am Reply
  • Donna Metcalf

    I feel so lost! I hope to learn a lot from you guys! Exited to win. I’m so unorganized and need help!

    September 15, 2022 at 9:52 am Reply
  • Mercedes

    This is great advice. We have just started to homeschool. Following a curriculum but it would be nice to have it planned out so we are more organized and can connect real life experiences with the lesson for sure.

    September 15, 2022 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • Bianca Dee

    Great read, thank you!

    September 16, 2022 at 7:35 pm Reply
  • Stefan Whitney

    This is great advice, honestly never thought of doing my planning on both computer and paper I’ve always gone straight to paper books and I’m constantly crossing things out and moving things around, or just buying new books to start over because of the messiness. So this was a serious wow why didn’t I do that sooner moment!!! I’ll still always keep a paper planner, nothing better then writing everything out by hand ❤

    September 18, 2022 at 6:25 am Reply
  • Megan Berry

    Thanks for the contest!

    September 19, 2022 at 1:07 am Reply
  • Kim Jones

    Thanks for the tips. I need ALL the help I can get!! I am NOT a good planner at all!!!!

    September 20, 2022 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Toni robinson

    I wish I had did assessments but I am enjoying our curriculum.

    September 22, 2022 at 8:11 pm Reply
  • Shafer Shafer

    This is all so great!

    September 27, 2022 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Sydne Landingham

    I am inspired

    September 28, 2022 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Che Ledbetter

    Great post! Thank you for the inspiration.

    October 4, 2022 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Bahr

    Planning is important, but the biggest takeaway I have from homeschooling is to be rigidly flexible.

    October 8, 2022 at 8:43 am Reply
  • Amanda Alford

    Thank you! I’m new to this so any help is welcomed!

    October 9, 2022 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Brittany Johns

    I’m one of those people who gathers all of the resources and materials, gets super excited and then….nothing. And it’s usually because life happens and I get overwhelmed OR I don’t have a plan set in place. If I don’t PLAN – it doesn’t happen most times. So this was good encouragement and information! Thank you for sharing!

    October 10, 2022 at 9:37 am Reply
    • Tara Barrett

      Same here! I get too overwhelmed with all the materials if I don’t have a plan to implement them.

      October 20, 2022 at 8:00 am Reply
  • Rachel Andersen

    Thanks for the great info!

    October 14, 2022 at 1:19 am Reply
  • Maria Laughery

    Thanks for information!

    October 14, 2022 at 1:36 am Reply
  • Lanae

    Thank you this post is very helpful!

    October 15, 2022 at 12:54 am Reply
  • Jennifer Ignasiak

    This is a lot of great information! Thank you for sharing!!!

    October 16, 2022 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Mikki Voter

    I think I need the most help with Planning. That is my weakness actually. Praying these tools will be helpful. Thank you

    October 18, 2022 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Elizabeth A

    This is my second year homeschooling my daughter. I still feel very new to the concept and I’m glad to have found you!

    October 18, 2022 at 10:43 pm Reply
  • Heather Witkowski

    Here to learn

    October 21, 2022 at 4:11 am Reply
  • Amelia

    Great info

    October 23, 2022 at 8:08 am Reply
  • Heidi Greentree-Best

    I’m a total over planner! Thanks for the info

    October 24, 2022 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Ashley Sweatt

    I am a natural planner, and really appreciate the amount of time that was taken to write this well thought out guide to help someone like me! Thank you thank THANK YOU!

    October 24, 2022 at 6:12 pm Reply
  • Karen Prandy

    Thank you for the knowledge and experience. We are new to homeschooling, although I taught for 15 years. I know it will be very different!

    October 25, 2022 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Destiny Kervin

    I’m new to homeschooling so I have lots to learn but we’re excited!

    October 25, 2022 at 1:59 pm Reply
  • Grace Pickard

    I absolutely love your planners! Interested in learning more about homeschool organization.

    October 25, 2022 at 8:31 pm Reply
  • Arlinda Davis

    What a wonderful resource for homeschool teachers for students. I am excited to start getting the newsletters and be involved with this .

    October 27, 2022 at 12:24 am Reply
  • Jessica hardesty

    Very thankful, thank you!

    November 1, 2022 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • Kristen Rattanamongkhoune

    I definitely like the advice of only writing the coming week down in a paper planner. As a new homeschool mom, my plans constantly go awry so writing only a week at a time helps me not feel discouraged!

    November 1, 2022 at 9:36 pm Reply
  • Crystal Moore

    Very interesting tips and ideas on here thank you

    November 2, 2022 at 7:06 am Reply
  • Sarah Smith

    I’m not a natural planner but I am learning. My big struggle is with my son. He is very difficult to keep on task, so we are constantly getting behind.

    November 2, 2022 at 1:24 pm Reply
  • Bethany Stutzman

    Thank for the information! Very helpful

    November 2, 2022 at 5:13 pm Reply
  • Latasha king

    I think these are Very interesting tips and ideas on here thank you

    November 5, 2022 at 2:47 am Reply
  • Kari Denison

    Thank you for providing this look into better planning for homeschooling. We are on our 2nd year.

    November 5, 2022 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Valerie Chuaquico

    Ahh, im definitely a mixture of both. I like to plan but also need wiggle room for spontaneity and following the child

    November 5, 2022 at 8:10 pm Reply
  • Mystina Slade

    I am a planner but my daughter feels overwhelmed with them, so I keep track in my planner so when she has a question…I have the answer.

    November 7, 2022 at 10:19 pm Reply
  • Becky Vandenberg

    Homeschooling is the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done

    November 8, 2022 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Ashley Rapp

    Very good information. Thank you

    November 8, 2022 at 6:05 pm Reply
  • Bianca K

    Loving this thank you

    November 13, 2022 at 6:47 am Reply
  • Brittany Kirk

    Planning is important, but I agree flexibility is key. That’s one of the most beautiful things about homeschooling!

    November 13, 2022 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • Mary

    This seems like a fantastic helpful site for homeschool information will definitely use this more in the future

    November 16, 2022 at 10:43 am Reply
  • Katie

    There are some great tips here! Homeschooling during this time in our history is so important! I appreciate anything that can help us get through it!

    November 16, 2022 at 10:41 pm Reply
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    November 20, 2022 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Krysti Owings

    These are very helpful! Thanks for all the tips!!!

    November 22, 2022 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Marie Fallon

    I prefer to have a planned curriculum. That way if I’m not feeling well I can just print out the schedule without the work.

    November 27, 2022 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Holly Wilhite

    Thanks for the great info.

    November 28, 2022 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Krista Lambert

    Wanting to homeschool my kids I have an almost three year old and a newly turned 1 year old.

    November 29, 2022 at 12:35 am Reply
  • Alessandro Pampolino

    thanks this us awesome very informative

    November 30, 2022 at 9:07 pm Reply
  • Tammy Guild

    I’m a seasoned homeschool momma, year 23 six kids, 4 graduated. Planning for the year is my favorite part of the job! I’ve been curious about these planners for a few years and am excited to dive into the world of paper and sticker planning!

    November 30, 2022 at 9:40 pm Reply
  • Jami Maxey

    I mostly use open and go, or read and narrate style curriculum, but I would love to take the time to create my own lesson plans for some of our subjects.

    December 3, 2022 at 7:51 pm Reply
  • Tabitha Waldren

    This is our second year homeschooling and we absolutely love it. I wish I would have found this information at the start, but this is really helpful even now. Thank you.

    December 3, 2022 at 8:27 pm Reply
  • Mikala Books

    Thank you for the information. Sometimes all this is a lot to take in.

    December 4, 2022 at 8:36 pm Reply
  • Ashley Finniss

    Thank you for the information!

    December 5, 2022 at 12:22 am Reply
  • Samantha Lapietra

    I am so glad I found this website and blog! So excited for all the information I’m going to learn. As a homeschooling mom and a full time college student who lacks planning skills, this is a god send! Thank you for all the content!

    December 6, 2022 at 1:25 am Reply
  • Alexis islas

    This article helped me understand that I have been holding my son back in math even though he excels, because he’s been struggling with writing. Thank you!

    December 7, 2022 at 8:18 am Reply
  • Erin Rowlett

    Thank you

    December 7, 2022 at 5:40 pm Reply
  • Lauren L.

    This is all super helpful info for me, as someone who struggles to manage organization of all the different moving parts of being as a SAHM and homeschooler! It’s overwhelming but I like how this article broke some things down into simpler chunks. Thank you!

    December 10, 2022 at 3:43 am Reply
  • Nathania

    I don’t have any of the products , but I am so interested. I’m just starting my homeschool journey and looking for any ideas and advise if anyone has any.

    December 11, 2022 at 5:58 pm Reply
  • Tammy Steele

    Great read! Thank you!

    December 15, 2022 at 10:19 pm Reply
  • Shannon Branyik

    I’d love to do this to help my kids out with my grandchildren!

    December 18, 2022 at 9:40 pm Reply
  • Jade Steely

    Great Information! I’m loving your website and I’m definitely going to keep looking around and checking everything out

    December 19, 2022 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Stephanie1587174213

    Great info!

    December 19, 2022 at 8:15 pm Reply
  • Phronsie Howell

    I like having it all planned out for me, but I don’t mind making my own lesson plans as I go along.

    December 20, 2022 at 1:12 am Reply
  • sevenrosaries1671560296

    I prefer to have a general goal and then do more detailed planning as I go

    December 20, 2022 at 12:25 pm Reply
  • Amanda Ulrich

    Thank you for all this wonderful information!

    December 21, 2022 at 12:21 am Reply
  • Jessica Thompson

    Good tips!!

    December 21, 2022 at 3:39 am Reply
  • Heather Santos

    I need all the tips I can get!

    December 21, 2022 at 5:06 pm Reply
  • Kristen Potter

    Structure is great but sometimes the best lessons are the in the moment lessons

    December 21, 2022 at 8:55 pm Reply
  • Cierra Rider

    I always love finding new perspectives to keep a fresh eye on my goals and plans for my family. Any tips and tricks from any stage and phase of homeschooling helps with every season!

    December 22, 2022 at 1:21 am Reply
  • Erin King

    Great tips for those of us who are not natural planners. I have ADHD and this is such a struggle for me! I have naturally gravitated towards curriculum that has built in lesson plans because I get easily overwhelmed. I also do better when I jot down what I accomplished and not just to-do lists.

    December 22, 2022 at 6:06 am Reply
  • Dorothy Jo Florian

    This article is very helpful!

    December 22, 2022 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Melissa Percival

    We love structure!!! We are very routine but our kiddo does way better and is more focused with a routine.

    December 22, 2022 at 11:51 am Reply
  • Chelsea Busby

    This is helpful I begin the homeschoolingnjourney with my kids!

    December 22, 2022 at 12:24 pm Reply
  • Marisa Human

    Thank you for all the information!! I definitely need to be better organized and keep track if what we’ve accomplished

    December 22, 2022 at 6:59 pm Reply
  • Robin Nelson

    Great tips. Thanks!

    December 22, 2022 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Robin Texter

    I can’t wait to use all my homeschooling stuff next year and get out of the virtual school realm!

    December 22, 2022 at 8:16 pm Reply
  • Samantha Hudson

    Thank you for the helpful tips!

    December 22, 2022 at 9:54 pm Reply
  • Ashley H

    I really agree with the assess your children. The best way to be able to plan for what to do next is seeing where your chid is as individual!

    December 23, 2022 at 3:11 pm Reply
  • Maureen

    I used to use this planner, it looks like it has been made even better!

    December 23, 2022 at 5:53 pm Reply
  • Kylie

    Great tips. We school year round. I try to have a yearly plan then break it down to monthly, weekly, and daily goals.

    December 24, 2022 at 9:09 am Reply
  • Christina Dodd

    Great tips!!!!

    December 24, 2022 at 10:48 am Reply
  • Michele Pfromm

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the giveaway!

    December 24, 2022 at 12:26 pm Reply
  • Macey Rose

    I really enjoy curriculum that lays out the week for you, and you just keep up with the daily check offs. I plan so much daily that adding the extra stress of planning every lesson out is to much for me. I do plan lessons but not for everything. Well Planned was an amazing asset to our homeschool lives last year!

    December 25, 2022 at 12:40 am Reply
  • Sarah Benel

    I’m a non planner with 4 children currently homeschooling and a baby. This is why planning is crucial for me yet just as important is flexibility. What I appreciate most from these tips is to break courses down into manageable, six-week batches.
    Thank you for the info!

    December 25, 2022 at 2:26 pm Reply
  • Christina Stanley

    I like the planner I bought. I just wish it was purchasable as a download so I could print the pages I used and not the ones I did not. I like the happy planner binding system and the flexibility it has but the actual weekly planner pages in this one are fire!

    December 25, 2022 at 4:14 pm Reply
    • Rebecca, The Well Planned Gal

      Christina, have you seen our new custom planner? You can choose which pages you want and we print it for you!

      December 27, 2022 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Kelli Thomas

    I definitely needed the tips for nonplanners! Thanks!

    December 25, 2022 at 4:59 pm Reply
  • Crystal Reavis

    THese tips are awesome thank you!

    December 25, 2022 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • Megan H

    Awesome info!!! Thanks for sharing

    December 26, 2022 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Diann Churchill

    I can’t wait to get started!

    December 26, 2022 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • Kristen Buckingham

    Thanks for all the good info!!

    December 26, 2022 at 6:41 pm Reply
  • Leslie Paladino

    Thanks for all your helpful advice!

    December 26, 2022 at 7:27 pm Reply
  • Angel Baker

    Love all your planner items!!

    December 26, 2022 at 8:58 pm Reply
  • Nicole Cannon

    I love planning and checking off and I’ve been homeschooling for 10 years but I still get easily scattered brain trying to decide what and how much and not schedule too much bc I want the best fro my kids and also it’s soo fun I don’t want them to miss out! I love having everything in one place but prefer to physically check off paper but with 3 kids it’s so much easier to duplicate digitally… I’m excited to try the digital planner free trial and the SPOT ebook and look into the assessments ! Thanks so much this has been helpful

    December 27, 2022 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Tuck homestead

    Im Definitely a planner who over plans and regrettably sets us up to fail. I loved this blog. I’m not alone.

    December 27, 2022 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Myra Mac

    All of this information is super helpful. Im learning that structure is necessary especially with a high schooler now.
    Thank you for helping so many find their way on the “home schooling journey”.

    December 28, 2022 at 7:20 am Reply
  • Lindsay Taylor

    This is a great resource!

    December 28, 2022 at 7:40 am Reply
  • Chelsea C

    Right now I’m researching projects and themes for next year. It’s good to think ahead but still be flexible.

    December 28, 2022 at 1:44 pm Reply
  • Kelly Ackermann

    First time homeschool mom and we will be using Abeka Academy, fingers crossed everything goes well for us.

    December 28, 2022 at 6:07 pm Reply
  • Crystal Kuffner

    Definitely plan to make a plan. My girls personalities and learning styles are so different I have to do a lot of adapting

    December 28, 2022 at 8:03 pm Reply
  • Samantha McDaniel

    I have been homeschooling for 12 years. I have graduated 1, I currently have 3 high schoolers, a middle schooler and 3 elementary students. I am NOT a natural planner, even though I wanna be. This year we started year round school and I am working planning into our off time, it makes a huge difference. Thank you for this resource and sharing what you have gleaned over the years.

    December 28, 2022 at 10:47 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Fugatt

    This is such great information. I homeschooled my three children and am now homeschooling my grandson.

    December 29, 2022 at 6:43 am Reply
  • Meg Heffernan

    I do love when the lessons are planned for me. I will put those into a planner as I organize the year. But I also do unit studies so there are plenty of subjects that need to be completely planned out by me. As long as I can get a good mix of both of these, it’s not so overwhelming.

    December 29, 2022 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • Andrea Weinert

    This looks like it might help
    me get more organized!

    December 29, 2022 at 5:28 pm Reply
  • Judith Martinez

    The suggestion to plan 6 weeks at a time is really helpful. I’m totally overwhelmed by planning.

    December 29, 2022 at 10:01 pm Reply
  • Jilene Duguay

    Love having planners to help our day so I don’t stress out

    December 29, 2022 at 10:24 pm Reply
  • Laura Mahaffy

    This was a great encouragement to start our new year!

    December 29, 2022 at 10:42 pm Reply
  • taesinger

    Very helpful!

    December 30, 2022 at 5:46 am Reply
  • Sarah Massey

    I like to make a general plan for the year, not super detailed but what I’d like to accomplish. Then I plan for the week the Friday prior, every week. Then I can work around our schedule and slow down or speed up as needed for each child. It works well for us!

    December 30, 2022 at 8:33 pm Reply
  • Diane Engelking

    I am really interested in this. I have a large family, and everything tends to end up haphazard. A lot of chaos to coordinate. I am looking forward to a nice reset for the New Year.

    December 31, 2022 at 9:14 pm Reply

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