When it comes to planning for homeschool, I am a little different from most others. I have made a decision to NOT plan out more than a whole month or more of homeschool lessons. There are a lot of pros and cons of this and I want to share with you why we picked what we picked.
My first year of homeschooling I went all out. I planned the full year for both of the boys. I spent a lot of time planning, checking on ideas and planning some more. When I was finally ready to go, I hit a roadblock the first week!
What do I mean by roadblock? Well, both boys learned differently than I had planned for! They were either ahead of plan, or needed more work in certain areas. All that I had planned was scrapped after the first two weeks. This hit me hard. I spent a lot of time on that planning, only to have it thrown in my face!
So, what do I do now? I plan bi-weekly! Yes, I may set yearly goals as to what I want to finish each year, but I only lesson plan twice a month. This gives me leeway. This gives me a chance to see what the kids are learning, and what they need more time working on. With this information, I am able to better plan their learning!
Since we school year-round, I am not worried about a true “schedule”. I like being able to see what the kids need and working with them. Since I have our goals lined up for the whole year, I know where I want to be at a certain time, but I don’t have any set deadlines. This gives me the lee-way to slow things down when we need to, or skip something altogether when we already know it.
Another nice thing about not planning a whole year for the kids, is when I do have to make a change, I don’t have to worry about a cascading effect on my schedule. What does this mean? Well, the first time I planned out a full year, I spent a week working on it. Tweaking it, and making it just right. Only to find out two weeks in that something did not work for Moe Man. I had change everything. Not just one day, or one week, EVERYTHING! I will tell you what, I don’t ever want to waste all that time again!
Now, some would say that you just work through it, oh well, they will adjust. That is not me. I am one to find what works for my kids and make that happen. So when I find out something isn’t going to work, I don’t want to have to re-do all that I have done. How do I prevent this? Well, I just plan two weeks at a time. I can change what needs changing and keep what needs keeping without wasting all my time.
Right now, my planning for two weeks at a time takes less than a day for me to do. I spend time at the beginning of our year and make goals, set ideas down as to where and what I want done. When I sit down to plan, I know what we have done, and I know where I want to go. I check out notes as to what needs changing, change that up and write the next two weeks down. Once you get into the swing of things, you can easily write up your two weeks without a problem.
This has saved me whole planners, and sanity at the same time. I learned from my mistakes and decided to change. This change has been a benefit for my whole family. I am happier not wasting my time with 3 yearlong schedules that are bound to change, and everyone is happier because I am happier!
How do you plan out your homeschool schedules? Have you changed recently? I would love to hear about your experience!