My 3 step process for homeschool planning

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Written by Kara Fleck

If the past ten years of homeschooling have taught me anything, it’s that our years go much smoother when I have a plan.

Whether it is a rough outline or a detailed map, I value having a guide to our year – something more meaningful to me as the kids are growing up, the lessons become more advanced, and this mama (and her brain) are getting older.

I’m not a naturally organized person, but I feel planning is a good complement to the rather relaxed and flexible way we approach most of the living and learning in our home. Coffee and my wits will only get me so far, but a plan can help to clarify our daily goals and keep this homeschool machine running smoothly.

So, what does my process look like? It might not be pretty, but here is my real, tried, and true method for homeschool planning:
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Share YOUR homeschool day in the life!

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Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

It’s been so encouraging to take a peek into the days of several families during our 6th annual homeschool day in the life series!

We’ve heard from homeschool moms who embrace various styles and methods–and if you’re like me, you’ve discovered a few new tips and tricks to add to your days.

There’s nothing quite like this series to remind us that no homeschool day is alike,  and that we don’t have to be perfect to make progress and do what’s right for our unique family.
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Shawna’s homeschool day in the life (with a 10- & 13-year-old)

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Written by Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things

Before sitting down to write this, I re-read my day in the life post from last year.

I feel like not much has changed. And I feel like everything has changed.

It’s so weird how life is sometimes. The days blend into weeks, the weeks into months, and the months into an entire year of homeschooling my two sons.

It’s been a year of heartache. It’s been a year of fun. It’s been a year of trial and error. And, as I sit down to write about our life today, I am filled with a growing sense that we are starting to figure this out.

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This year, our day looks like this:

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Lora’s homeschool day in the life (with a 3-, 6-, 7-, 9-, 10-, & twin 11-year-olds)

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Written by Lora Lynn Fanning of Vitafamiliae.

To understand why this year looks different, I need to take you back in time.

In November of 2014, I was suffering from the infamous Homeschool Burnout. School was taking longer and longer and there was no separation between the teaching hours and the mommy hours. I was either grading papers or chasing my kids around to get them to correct their work.

My kids were forced to live with their spiral-eyed teacher 24 hours a day. “Mom” was the nice lady who only came out on weekends.

Before I could get all seven kids enrolled in boarding school, we hit upon a solution: A Mother’s Helper.

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I still believed in the IDEA of homeschooling, but the implementation wasn’t sustainable or healthy for the relationships in our home.

There was simply so much volume, I couldn’t focus on the things I actually wanted to do with my kids.

In addition, my daughter was slated for major surgery later in 2015 and we knew I’d need some back-up to keep school going while we helped her through the long recovery.

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I put a plea out on Facebook and found the perfect tutor to join our motley crew. It took time to get her trained and up to speed. But the effort we spent was definitely worth it.

Nowadays …

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Kari’s homeschool day in the life (with a 7- and 9-year-old)

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Written by Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane

The title of this post should be Kari’s homeschool day in the life (with Dutch)By this I simply mean that the age of my children isn’t primarily what influences our days. It is Dutch who influences our days.

I say this with love and with all the proud-mama vigor you can imagine. I adore my boy. He has Asperger’s syndrome, a character trait (as we call it) that gives him a certain set of strengths and weaknesses.

Every child, of course, has strengths and weaknesses, but Dutch’s are extreme. My daughter Heidi, on the other hand, is typical. She is predictable. She potty-trained herself and could probably raise herself. I could homeschool her in my sleep.  I often joke that if I had had her first, I would’ve written a parenting book. *smile*

But I didn’t. I had my precious son first, and spent the first three years of his life crying, convinced I was the worst mother in the world and how on earth did everyone else have this mothering thing nailed while I was at my wit’s end?

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He’s just unique. Glorious and gifted and destined for greatness, but often our days are difficult.

Please don’t read that I don’t enjoy homeschooling. I do. Please don’t read that I’m disappointed by Dutch. I’m not.

I’m simply attempting to share with you an honest glimpse of homeschooling a challenging child, and I trust that ten or twenty years from now he and I will both be reaping the benefits of persevering through these hard days.

So, what are these days like?

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