5 Ways to Epically Fail at Homeschool Planning

The blogosphere is ripe with posts about homeschool planning for the upcoming year!

I love it.  I love planning.  I love organizing.  Many of you do.  But ironically, each year we find ourselves revamping how we plan our year.

Here are five ways to totally FAIL at planning your homeschool year:

  • Don’t plan at all – OK, I’ll go first: I didn’t actually “plan” our first year of homeschooling.  *gasp*  I thought that because I had a boxed curriculum and it contained teacher’s guides that all I needed to do was follow along.  So, so, so wrong…
  • Copy somebody else’s system verbatim – I love, love, love visiting other blogs and seeing how they plan and organize their homeschool year.  I quickly learned, though, that copying them and what they do doesn’t work for us.  I take what works, leave the rest, and move on to the next one.  By doing this, I can create a system that works for our needs.
  • Schedule your homeschool year the way everyone else does – It’s no secret that I hate waking up early.  It’s also no secret that my husband works a rotating shift schedule.  For almost two years I tried to do a “traditional” start-at-8-am-M-F school schedule.  Finally, I realized it didn’t work for us and I didn’t need it to; I could make up my own schedule.
  • Get hung up on what your kid is “supposed” to be learning – Sure, they need to learn stuff and they need to make progress.  Does it really matter if they master their multiplication in third grade or the beginning of fourth grade?  No.  Trust me.  In the grand scheme of things, they’ll be where they need to be.  Keep up with assisting your kids in loving learning and making progress and the rest will fall into place.
  • Over-schedule your kid – Yes, I’m guilty of over-scheduling myself {which is equally as bad}, but it should be repeated:  Don’t sign your kids up for 15 different weekly activities.  You’ll never get any substantial learning done, you know, the hard learning that should probably get done at some point…
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