Homeschool planning. Some of us love it, some of us hate it. Either way, it can be overwhelming to sit down and plan for your homeschool! What if I told you that you can get a homeschool planning guide to help walk you through it? Take away the overwhelm, the “what am I doing?!” feeling you may be feeling inside? You can create a homeschool plan for purpose and for peace in your homeschool!
I received Plan Your Year for free and was compensated for my time. All of my opinions on this item are honest and I was not required to write a positive review.
A Homeschool Planning Guide to Help Simplify Your Life
Y’all know me. I like things simple, minimalist, and relaxed. That’s why Plan Your Year is such a great resource to help you in creating your homeschool plan!
If you have been following me for a while now, you also know that I’m actually not a huge planner. Pam Barnhill just changed my mind with her new book, Plan Your Year.
The biggest reason why I haven’t liked planning in the past is because planning stressed me out. Trying to make sure that we got it all done, that we were tied to what was on paper, and that I felt like a failure if it didn’t all go according to that plan were the culprits. Pam made me see homeschool planning so much differently, though!
Homeschool Planning With Your Vision in Mind
Before you can even sit down and start planning, you need to think about who you are planning for and create a vision statement. Why do you need one of these? Well, Pam says it best… “Homeschooling without a vision is kind of like wandering around in the dark with your hands tied behind your back and then being surprised when you stub your toe.”
If you stub your toes constantly, like I do, then this makes total sense.
We don’t want to be wandering around in the dark! Not in a literal room, or in a figurative homeschool room. Ouch.
In Plan Your Year, she will walk you through how to make that vision so that you will be able to tailor it to your homeschool and your kids. Not the family next door. Not the homeschool mom you look up to oh, so much. Your family. Because every family is unique and different in their own special way, no two homeschools will be the same.
Use the Homeschool Planning Guide to Break Down Your Homeschool Method
You may be new to homeschooling and be sitting here thinking, “Method? There are methods?” Or, you may be a pro in what the methods are and know exactly where you fit. Either way, Plan Your Year will help walk you through and help you figure out what method you may feel most connected to, and also has some of the best break downs I’ve ever seen. Seriously. She breaks down the descriptions, why these methods rock, what some common misconceptions are, and more. There are some great resources available for you!
Once you nail down your homeschool method, you need to know how to implement that method into your homeschool, right? The next chapters help you do exactly that.
How to Create a Plan for Your Homeschool
Plan Your Year will not only hold your hand through the plan making process, but this homeschool planning guide also has some awesome worksheets for you to fill out along the way (these worksheets are also available for free at freehomeschoolplanner.com if you want additional copies outside of the book!)
Maybe you’re wondering what kind of schedule will work best for your homeschool? Or how do you even create a plan when you pull from different curriculum for different subjects, or don’t use a curriculum at all? Guys, she’s got it covered.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’m not a planner, so I never saw the need for planning my day hour by hour, or for the whole week, let alone the whole year, ahead of time. Pam has changed my mind and my outlook on this because she explains oh, so beautifully how we don’t necessarily need to do these plans to check off all the things that need to get done (like exact assignments that need to be accomplished on what day).
These plans can help us maximize our time in our days because we can physically see on paper where all of our free time is during the day and during the week where we can get other small jobs accomplished. Yes! That’s what I’ve needed all along and just didn’t know it!
Plan Your Year to bring purpose and peace
This book is a game changer. At least it has been for me! Plan Your Year is available on Pam’s website and on Amazon. Go, get the book. May it bring you a more organized, purposeful, and peaceful homeschool!