4 Benefits of Having a Flexible Homeschool Plan
As my family enters into our 10th official year (from a legal perspective) of homeschooling, I wanted to share how having a flexible homeschool plan has blessed the last decade of our homeschooling adventures.
1. The Ability To Change Plans To Fit Our Life
This component alone has saved our homeschool time and time again. By nature I am a very organized person that loves to plan far ahead. But life has taught me that one cannot always “stick to the plan.” So to appease the planner in me and still have the ability to remain flexible, a weekly plan has served well in our homeschool. It gives the children and I the structure and direction we crave without the legalistic ritual of being controlled by the “plan.” And it allows us to live life and learn along the way, rather than trying to fit our life within the context of school. There is such freedom in this!
2. More Peaceful Atmosphere In Our Homeschool
I have found out over the last 10 years of homeschooling our three children that our homeschool is full of peace. Perfection? Um, no. But peace? Yes! And I know that a large part of this is due to the fact that I allow for flexibility in our day. While having a plan is beneficial, I can’t stress the equal importance of allowing budge room in your homeschool day.
3. Helps Teach Our Children Real-Life Coping Skills
It’s true. Those of us who have made it into adulthood really grasp the concept that we do not control our lives. And for those of us who are Believers, we really understand this from an entirely different perspective. I have witnessed how flexibility in our homeschool has given each of our children the ability to cope with many different circumstances in life. From dealing with year-long deployments to international moves to celebrating birthdays – flexibility has given my children a real life ability to cope and adapt to many unique situations.
4. Because Learning Can’t Always Be Planned
It’s true. As much as I’d love a perfectly planned homeschool year where each subject and assignment I planned went exactly as I had written out – it simply does not. And that’s okay. As a matter of fact, it’s better that way. I love seeing how uniquely each one of my precious children learn and when they organically find something that sets their spirit on fire! Being flexible with my planning helps to ignite those fires and allow them to remain lit and stoked as long as possible. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Weekly Homeschool Plan
For us, we put all of our weekly plans into a binder and take a look back over what we did that year. Because our plans are by week, we don’t see a lot of crossed-out items or shifting, but rather an accurate portrait of what we did in our homeschool. And even better, the weekly homeschool planner I’ve been using this past two years is a fully editable PDF! So I am able to type in what we are doing and edit it as we go along! It is a fabulous way to see our life in action over the homeschool year!
Here are some more details about the specific planner that I love to use:
What’s inside the PDF editable Weekly Homeschool Planner?
* 138 planning pages ~ 8 1/2″ x 11″ sized
* 12 blank month-at-a-glance pages
* 40 weeks of weekly planning and journal sheets: each page can be customized to the subjects that your family studies and can be saved to your computer!
* Preschool planning sheets
* Field trip/Event plan sheets
* Yearly curriculum planning sheets
* Yearly planning and evaluation sheets
* Yearly attendance tracking sheets
* Field trip/Event plan sheets
* Daily to-do lists
* Main dish menu planner
* Customizable chore charts
* Important contacts info
* Additional note space
* Standardized testing and yearly assessment result tracking
* Homeschooling requirement planning
Type your lesson plans into the form and print them off or simply save them to your computer; the choice is up to you! You can edit your plans any time and even save your planner to your computer to have a digital copy each year. Use the ‘save as’ feature in Adobe to rename the file and you will have a digital record of your lesson plans for years to come! Awesomeness at it’s finest!
What is your favorite way to plan for your homeschool year? What is/are your favorite homeschool planning resources? Be sure to share in the comments below!
Carlie K. Founder of Managing Your Blessings & Today’s Frugal Mom
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