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5 days of Homeschooling Mid-Year and Thriving. Day 3 Forward Looking–Planning!

Planning is nothing more than forward-looking and then penning those thoughts to paper.  Planning can be painless and pleasant.  It can also become painful or a burden when we don’t know the basics or lose the simplicity of how to do it.

In our determination to be conscientious homeschoolers, we may clutter up our day with multiple subjects.  Stress sets in because we may feel all subjects are equally important. Then the hours don’t equal to the number of subjects we determine that needs to be covered.

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Getting started planning or taking time to review your present lesson planning method mid-year can be broken down into simple steps.

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1. Know Your Subject and Subjects.  It is an easy mistake to make.  Take your children out of the grade they are in at public/private school and put them in the next grade up in homeschool.

Grade matters very little in homeschooling because it does not always correspond to mastery. Knowing your child or subject takes time. But because you may want to have curriculum in hand to start school, you have to take other steps.

If you live in a state or country where you are not held to burdensome laws then take your time using very basic workbook style pages to see which subjects your child is struggling in and which ones he is bored with.

Many curriculum providers provide free on line testing and this will help you to make a better fit grade wise regardless of your child’s age.

Click here to read The A, B, C’s of Picking Curriculum, Part 1 under E for Evaluate to find some free testing resources.

Take time to know your subject or child before you spend dollars on curriculum for a whole year.

Another mistake made by many homeschoolers is to pile subject on top of subject to our children’s day.  If one is good, then surely ten subjects would be enrichment or so we may think.

How do you determine what the essentials are so that your subject load stays streamlined?   You may not be a seasoned educator but you know more than you realize.

Take a lesson from the past. One room schoolhouses focused on the 3 R’s. That is the secret. It is not very glamorous sounding but reading, writing and arithmetic are the solid mainstays of a well educated child.

If you are struggling with when and how long these subjects are to be covered, I get more specific in a 3 part series I covered named: What Subjects to Teach and When to Teach Them.

What Subjects to Teach and When to Teach Them.

What subjects to teach and when to teach them? Part 1 of 3

What subjects to teach and when to teach them? Part 2 of 3

What subjects to teach and when to teach them? Part 3 of 3

The other subjects are enrichment and make learning a delight. However, if a child is struggling with any of the 3 R’s, then all of the subjects can become contemptible to say the least.

For example, your child may love to learn about the animals of the rainforest. However, when it’s time to write a few sentences about them, he shrieks in terror and almost passes out at the thought of it. Tears normally follow because children don’t know how to articulate that something is not right.

Maybe he is struggling with fine motor skills and your expectations are too high. You may want to work on composition but he may not have the basics of penmanship down yet.

If you are a creative writer and your child is not, does he live with the fear of disappointing you? Children can have black and white standards. They are either all on board or not at all when it comes to homeschooling.

If they are not on board, then all subjects can be considered wearisome, boring and mundane.

2. Determine an approach. There are 5 basic approaches to homeschooling. Traditional, Charlotte Mason, Classical, Unit Studies and Relaxed or Unschoolers. 

Avoid painful planning by sticking to the approach that works best for your family at the moment. It doesn’t mean you don’t investigate the others as you have time. It does mean that you focus on learning all you can about the approach that works best for your family.

I hear all the time that some homeschoolers are so overwhelmed by curriculum choices. But if you will remember to categorize them by these approaches, and investigate only the curriculum that works fits the approach you are using now, you only have 1/5 of the curriculum to review.

Why try to educate yourself on what is working for everybody’s children? You will be a much better teacher if you just focus on the 3,4,5, or 6 children you have.

 

3. Assign a time. Pen it. Now that you are more acquainted with your subject or your children and the subjects to consider in school, you have to “assign it all a place”.

By penning the subjects, which children you will be working with and how long you will be doing this, it becomes realistic. We avoid having more subjects in our day than we have hours to school. Pretty looking subject lists with no time slots in our day are stress inducers and turn ugly looking quickly.

Whether you use a phone, iPad, computer or printed curriculum planner to organize your lesson plans, you need to assign it all a place.

I have always said that lesson planning for me is better done the old fashion way with paper and pen.

Taking time to pen and assign hours in my day to the subjects helps it to stick in my mind.

It also creates balance in my day because one subject is not covered more than another or completely overlooked. If the schedule is not working, it allows me to go back and see where I need to adjust time slots.

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Over-planning and no planning both bring pain. I provide free forms to help you keep it real and get it all done.

Click here to go to STEP 5b. Form 13 named Class Schedule/Teacher Schedule to create your class schedule. It’s EDITABLE.

These three basic steps have to be reviewed each year, whether you are a new or seasoned educator.

Planning can be rewarding because it rejuvenates our love for learning and creates homeschool harmony and balance.

Hugs and love ya,

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Did you miss the first two days in 5 days of Homeschooling Mid-Year and Thriving?

5 days of Homeschooling Mid-Year and Thriving. Day 1 Mind-set Matters

5 days of Homeschooling Mid-Year and Thriving. Day 2 Mission Accomplished

 

Grab some other tips here for planning!

Divide And Conquer The Ever Growing List of Homeschool Subjects

Homeschool High School The Must Cover Subjects Part 1

Homeschool High School The Must Cover Subjects Part 2

Gauging Homeschool Progress – Masters of their Material?

Lesson Plan or Lesson Journal?

Basics of Lesson Planning – Why do I need to learn this anyway?

Homeschool Lesson Planning Backwards Part 2 of 2.

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5 days of Homeschooling Mid-Year and Thriving. Day 2 Mission Accomplished

Today, in 5 days of homeschooling mid-year and thriving. Day 2 mission accomplished, I want to remind you about the realistic side of undertaking this mission.

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Crash and burn is almost unavoidable in homeschooling.  So does that make our efforts pointless when we attempt to follow a schedule?   Do we give up and listen to our heart?   Not entirely and here is why.

Changes made by us in the beginning to our heart are just as important if not more so than the changes our children make in adapting to learning at home.  I say this often; it is easier to take the child out of school than it is to take the school out of the mom and child.

See our hearts can be deceptive. We may want to follow the public school schedule because we feel our child might get behind his peers. Never mind the fact we took him out so he can go at his own pace and not be compared to his peers.  

Also another example  of having a deceptive heart is that we may wondering why our child hasn’t learned the multiplication facts that we feel should have been memorized last year.

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  (Bad maniac momma. Pushing ahead when a preschooler wants to play instead of learn.)

Complete meltdown looms around the next corner when you discover that your friend’s 4 year old started to read and your 4 year old is not sure what a letter is from a fruit loop. I will keep secret my little dear’s name on that one.  However, I assure you that today not only does he read above level but he actually is fond of it. 

See, when our tricky heart speaks we can become a momma on a maniac mission.

What can happen is that we can so easily forget what brought us to homeschooling.  We have lost our mission and maybe did not define it in the beginning. 

Hopping on the crash and burn wagon happens to all of us, including myself.  I brought tears not only to myself but to my children who wanted nothing but to please and love me.

I basically lost my homeschooling state of mind and needed to find my way again.

Homeschooling is about the heart, but mind-set matters because it brings us back to our mission

Why did we start homeschooling in the beginning?  Underneath making curriculum choices, teaching a child to read and memorizing multiplication facts, the values we hold dear are there. They hold us steady on our course when our emotions want to take over.  As I got near to the end of my homeschooling mission with Mr. Senior 2013, I wanted to share a few things that helped me to keep my homeschooling state of mind.

Have a mission. Define it. Accomplish it. Visualize the kind of people you want your sons and daughters to be and make it happen.

Academics are still very important to me but looking at the greater picture I have to ask myself: What value would an excelling education be if it didn’t have future value?

Multiplications facts turn to discussions about successful marriages and curriculum choices turn to discussions about choosing companions that look out for our best interest. Well educated children don’t happen in one year or even a couple of years. They will grow and change but your basic mission should not. Write it down. Writing with pen and ink makes it indelible.

Preserve it because imagination will turn to reality. When you lose your way, your homeschooling state of mind will sustain you through all the doubts.

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Feel the homeschool love. Everybody needs it though we may think we can homeschool independent of support. You want to know one of my secrets? If I didn’t head up field trips for my group, I might not ever do them.

Constant excuses like being too busy, too much planning, or driving too far may get in the way. The euphoric feeling we all get after rubbing shoulders with others that are like-minded is infectious.

Hyped up homeschooling carries me through each year. Don’t isolate yourself. It is not weak or vulnerable to need help and each other. Even seasoned veterans should make a habit of receiving continual encouragement. Don’t let mommy martyrdom creep into your journey. It’s true that homeschool joy is the secret to contentment.

Treasure your Homeschool Identity. Though I had tears, I put my oldest son back in school for part of the Kindergarten year because I had lost my homeschool identity.

Fear of failure can be crippling if you don’t realize how unique you are to your children and their journey. Treasure being a teacher in the way you teach.

Don’t give up on yourself.  Change if you need to for the sake of your children and do it right away.  I constantly petition for humility so I stay not only a willing teacher, but a humble learner.

Now that Mr. Senior 2013 graduated, I am reminded that I was never promised that the sweetest and best things are the easiest things to achieve.  I realize that not all homeschool for faith based reasons.  I really respect that.  But it is at the core of my values and I want to be able to answer the Creator that I have done my utmost as He continues his lifelong training now.

Keep scheduling, keep aiming high, plan time to laugh and let go, reaffirm your homeschool identity, keep memorizing facts, select top notch curriculum that works for your family and you will be a Momma with Mission Accomplished.

Hugs and love ya,

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5 days of Homeschooling Mid-Year and Thriving. Day 1 Mind-set Matters

Deciding to homeschool at the first of the year or to renew your love for homeschooling by starting fresh, both require a positive mind-set.

So today, in 5 days of Homeschooling Mid-Year and Thriving. Day 1 Mind-set Matters, I want to share with you how the power of a positive mind-set is about a battle of the wills.

I know you may want to talk shop, as in shop for curriculum.  However, from helping others who have succeeded in making homeschool a lifestyle change, I am convinced that the choice of curriculum in the beginning matters very little. 

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What does matter is a positive mind-set.  It probably is a topic very few new homeschoolers or even seasoned homeschoolers may think about.  Months or even years into their journey, a family may find the struggle is harder because at the beginning they didn’t simmer over the change.

Understanding what a mind-set is will help you to avoid drudgery along the way or at least minimize it.  One of my favorite dictionaries, The New Oxford American Dictionary defines mindset as: “established set of attitudes held by someone.”

So I am asking you: Are you in a homeschool state of mind?  Adopting an established set of attitudes does not happen overnight. 

Established means . . .

  • taken time to research the meaning of homeschooling instead of researching only about state laws, standardized testing and field trip groups.
  • sitting down with your husband to discuss 3 basic goals for your 1st year, 5th and final years of homeschooling instead of sitting down to start school 3 days after you have taken your child out of school.
  • talking to your child to discuss their homeschooling fears.  Voicing either their apprehension or excitement for a fresh start, it is important your child understands that as the teacher now, you are interested in his growth, personal opinions and fear of losing or making new friends.

Jump into homeschooling with all of your heart and your mind-set will follow. Renew your love for homeschooling by taking a risk and changing something at the start of the year.

Hugs and love ya,

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When You Don’t Know Where to Begin in Homeschooling. The 3 R’s for New Homeschoolers. Part 3

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Every week you share some amazing posts with us. We love reading about your homeschooling journey. The more we share our experiences about schooling our middle & high school students at home, the easier it is for all of us.

Here are the four posts that had the most clicks last week. If you didn’t get the opportunity to read them, here’s another chance.

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      • The link up party goes live at 5:00 a.m. CST each Wednesday and stays open until the following Tuesday at 11:55 p.m.
      • Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them.
      • You can link up to 3 posts. Please do not link up advertising posts, or other link ups, or parties. I will remove them. Homeschool related reviews are permitted and of course all topics related to homeschooling middle to high school students.
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Free 2015 to 2016 Year Around School Planning Page

This is new for me.  I mean it’s hard to know that it is the fall season now when I live in a place that is springtime each day.  We don’t set our clocks here in Ecuador and other than a bit more rain for part of the year, each day is the same as the next one.

Just as a side note, too each day the sun rises and sets pretty close to the same time.  So it’s dark here around 6:00 p.m. and light around 6:00 a.m. 

I did not realize how much seasonally I prepared my curriculum pages for the homeschool planner, or slowed down or changed my pace for school.

This will take some getting use to when there is not really any fall or winter weather.

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But knowing that it is close to the winter break or at least winter for you, I get excited because it’s time to start creating all new forms for next year. 

Too, I know some of you start putting your new planner together about April and I like to have a good part of it done by then.

I am always so eager to get started early because it allows me to create several options and colors and to take my time creating them.  Today, I have the free 2015 to 2016 year around school planning page, option 1.

You know I like a variety of colors and options in my pages, so today I opted for a bit more of a clean look by not putting a background color. 

I haven’t planned the new curriculum covers yet, but hopefully by providing an option or two without a background, you can mix and match the colored covers to make your homeschool planner look unique next year.

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Download Option 1 2015 to 2016 Year Around School Planning Schedule

Hope you like the first option today.

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