Ah, spring! The time of year when thoughts of planning fill the minds of homeschool moms. What worked well? What isn’t working? What do I want to keep? What do I want to change?
For some moms, the planning process brings a comfortable “now-we’re-accomplishing-something” feeling. For other moms, thoughts of planning bring a sense of floundering and uncertainty.
I must admit that I’m in the first group, the “now we’re getting something done” group. Organizing and planning come naturally to me. And over the years that we have homeschooled, I have refined the process I use to plan and schedule. Now I’d like to share it with you.
There are probably hundreds of ways to plan a home education, but this is the simplest way that I have found. It works for me, and I hope it will help you walk through this spring with confidence.
We’ll be looking at five steps. The key is to take one step at a time. Many of the moms with whom I’ve shared these steps say that they floundered previously because they tried to skip a step or two. By working through all five steps, they finally got all the pieces to fit together and walked away with a plan that they could use — a plan that was designed just for their family.
You see, every family is different, so every plan will be different. Beware of trying to stuff your unique family into someone else’s plan or schedule. Of course, you can adopt parts and collect ideas from others’ schedules, but in the end your family needs a plan that will suit this season of life, a plan made specifically for you and your children right now.
So here are the five steps that we will be discussing and working through over the next few weeks:
- The Big Picture
- Your Year
- Your Term
- Your Week
- Your Day
I’m excited about this series! And I hope it will encourage you as you plan your family’s Charlotte Mason education.
Just out of curiosity, which group are you in: the “planning is a breeze” group or the “how do I do this again” group? Leave us a comment and let us know.