I have a homeschool confession to make. It may be a shocker, but it is one I must share. You ready? Here it goes…..I don’t plan ahead in our homeschool. Yes, I’m serious. I have a
Well Planned Day Planner-that I LOVE ( I broke up with the Well Planned Day, see why here) . I schedule our Homeschool day. I have a routine. I record grades. But….I don’t plan ahead.
On Monday, I have no clue what we are going to be learning about on Wednesday. I don’t know where we will be at the end of October, and in May I just hope were finishing our schoolbooks. Here’s another shocker….if we don’t, well we will just close them and start where we left off the next year. I don’t plan ahead for when we are taking Christmas break, and I have no clue when our last day of school will be….Spring break will come sometime in the spring.
So, what do I do instead of plan ahead?
I write down what we complete.
At the end of the day when I am grading papers, I write in what the kids did each day in my Well Planned Day Planner. When I am reading the History lesson, I write down what pages we read. If we do a craft, you guessed it. I write it down. They watch a science video, write it down. This keeps a record of what we did, and I don’t have to plan ahead.
I open up the book where we left off.
When we are done reading Science for the day, I close the book and start where we left off the next day. The kids know that every day they do a Math lesson. I don’t need to write this down for them. It’s simple; you open the book and do the next lesson. Same goes for grammar and spelling. We keep an index card inside their school boxes that has their school schedule in it. We also keep it posted on our wall. They know what to do each day, without me planning ahead.
I divide the books up into two sections.
I have a roundabout idea of where we need to be in our core subjects before we take Christmas break. I know that at the end of the year I want to be done with Science, and finish our Mystery of History book. If we don’t meet that half way point by Christmas, we take break anyway and hope to make it up by the end of the year
I let them work at their own pace
Grammar and Math? I honestly don’t mind if they don’t finish the 2nd grade book in 2nd grade. If they hit a wall in the middle of the year, it is okay to slow down and work on the basics. If I had this all planned out in advance, my planner would be a big pile of white out.
If we want to take a day off of History, it is okay, because it is not “penciled in” on our planner. I am the kind of person that stresses out over a to-do list. To me, a planner full of lessons would stress me out. I wouldn’t be able to stop and watch an extra video on killer whales, or go on that last minute field trip to the museum because it wasn’t planned ahead. So, I breathe. I open the book to the next chapter, I let the kids work at their own pace, and we stick to our routine. This works for us. So, the next time I see you in real life and you tell me how planned out your school year is, I may smile and nod my head. If you ask me how to use the Well Planned Day Planner to actually PLAN ahead I may mumble a few words about just writing it down as you go, because in our homeschool, we are flying by the seat of our pants 😉 and we like it that way!
Do you have a homeschool confession to share?
- Why I broke up with Well Planned Day
- How to Schedule your Homeschool Day
- Homeschooling out of Negligence