There is still a stack of books on our school shelf from this past school year. We didn’t finish them. Gasp! I know…how can we have a successful homeschool when we don’t finish reading the books for the year? Want in on a little secret? It’s okay! You don’t have to finish all the books you start. Most schools and colleges don’t finish all the books either. The value is not always in
I’ve tried to be a paper planner. I see all of the cute planners out there for personal and homeschool planning and want to use one. And yet, I keep going back to my electronic planners. I have found though that I am not a purist in either camp. Here’s my experience with electronic and paper planners and how I found that a combination of the two works best for us.
Today is our first day back to school for the year. It is always a bittersweet day. Usually, we are all ready to get back into a routine and even get back to learning. But it also means saying good-bye to the summer days of doing what we want. One way to have a smooth transition back into the school year is to have a plan for the year. Here
I tried a new method of planning our next homeschool year and it made the planning process so much easier! I had been reading about how other people use mind maps or sticky notes to organize their thoughts so I wanted to try it when planning our homeschool curriculum. I loved how mind maps allowed me to see the big picture and how different subjects are related. It also allowed me to think outside the box and remember that not all learning is academic. Sticky notes really opened up the possibilities and allowed me to rearrange our weekly schedule until I found just the right solution. Learn how to use these tools in your planning process.
I’ve shared before about the many great benefits of Homeschool Planet and why it is now my favorite online homeschool planner. It can handle almost anything I throw at it in terms of scheduling and planning our homeschool day. I have only found one feature that I really want that is missing—a reading log. The support team at Homeschool Planet is amazing and really wants to improve the product. I’ve
Goals give us a clear vision and standard against which to measure success. Most people set goals—lose weight, get in shape, finish a project by a certain date—but not everyone sets goals in their homeschool planning. I haven’t always set homeschool goals. I did think through our lesson plans and planned out what we would study and what resources we would use, but I only recently started setting homeschool goals
Every online homeschool planner I tried failed to meet my expectations and could not even come close to doing what my spreadsheet could do. And I tried every.single.one out there. Then I found Homeschool Planet! I fell in love with it on the first use and love it more each day. You may not believe this, but I can now plan in more detail and with better efficiency than with my spreadsheet! But don’t worry, if you don’t like to plan in detail, there are still a lot of features that you will love. Find out why Homeschool Planet is the best online homeschool planner. Watch a video review and see many of the features first hand.
Where do I begin? There’s so much to do and so little time. I’m overwhelmed thinking about my to-do list. I’m sure it’s no different for you. So what should we do? Do the next thing… I had read the poem “Do the Next Thing” by an unknown author a number of years ago. God is so gracious to bring that poem to my mind when I feel overwhelmed. I
Now that you know how to plan, here are some suggestions to help you on that journey. The most helpful suggestion I heard regarding planning is that you must be a student of your child to know how your child learns best. Every child and every family is different so your educational plan is going to look different than mine. You may not cover the same subjects and you might
Does the thought of planning the next school year excite or terrify you? The planning process can be overwhelming. Here’s the process I use as I plan our year. 1. The Big Picture I begin with the big picture of what goals and objectives I want to accomplish this year and work down to the details including goals for the year, if we will have a focus on a particular