Written by contributor Hillary Boucher
We homeschool and take breaks year round, but there’s something about starting fresh in the fall. Using fall to jump start new learning experiences is woven into the fabric of our culture and experience. It’s the perfect time to do some big picture planning.
I love planning. It’s exciting to map out a way to live and learn in ways that inspire us and to work out the logistics to help make it happen.
But I must admit, in the past, big picture planning has often hurt more than helped. When I plan, I am acting for the well-being of my family, but it can set us up for frustration, disappointment and even a sense of failure.
Why? In the past, my plans focused too heavily on the big picture and not enough on our current everyday reality.
Often, our everyday life fell short of the color coded map that made more sense on paper than it did on the average Tuesday. I had been trying to force my family’s everyday life into my big picture plans, but turns out it’s more helpful to match the big picture plan to our everyday life and learning.
There are two simple exercises I’ve implemented over the past year that have helped me create more realistic plans and avoid the potential frustrations that can creep up when the plan and reality don’t match up.