I was overwhelmed with the thought of a new homeschool year back when we were struggling. How would I be able to plan, organize, and teach my children? How could I give my kids a beautiful classical education? I was terrified I’d fail.
Have you experienced this in your homeschool planning? You procrastinate thinking about the next school year until it’s too late. Then at the last minute you desperately grab any old curriculum at hand and a fancy new homeschool planner hoping that this year will be better.
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End the Overwhelm with a Homeschool Lesson Planner
Let’s back up a second and look at why you’re overwhelmed with the thought of next year’s homeschool.
You believe you need the perfect plan. After all, anything less means you’re failing your kids.
But striving for the perfect plan is overwhelming. You’re suppose to spend hours reading aloud, hours on nature hikes, hours on history projects, hours completing science experiments, hours finding the perfect co-op, and hours enrolling your kids in swimming, soccer, and dance. And don’t forget the hours of volunteer time you’re suppose to put in for your kids co-ops, activities, and church.
Of course you’re exhausted and overwhelmed! You’re trying to pack more activities into the day than you have time. Instead of searching for the perfect plan, you need a plan that will work for you!
Or to quote Pam Barnhill in Plan Your Year:
My planning epiphany came when I decided that I was no longer striving for the perfect homeschool plan. Instead I would strive for the perfect plan for us: the plan that I would actually implement and the plan that would work for my children.
But how do you create a plan which will give you a beautiful and doable classical homeschool?
Drop the Shoulds
The sheer number of shoulds in your life are overwhelming, especially as classical homeschoolers.
After all you should teach Latin and Greek and Hebrew and a modern language.
You should use an intensive vocabulary program and a grammar curriculum designed to produce expert grammarians.
History should be intensive, covering the biographies of all the great men and women of the ages. And it must be interesting with extensive projects, detailed timelines, and elaborate period costumes.
Need I go on?
An overwhelming school year is not a beautiful and doable classical education. Instead it burns us out, makes the kids loathe education, and grinds our homeschools to a halt.
A beautiful classical education looks different in every home. One family enjoys hours of nature study after spending an afternoon exploring the local hikes. A second family prefers hours curled up on the sofa reading classic literature together. Another family augments their history studies with documentaries, crafts, and field trips.
A doable classical homeschool is one that you’re able to complete. After all a mom on bedrest can’t spend hours hiking the local trails. Instead it may be a year to focus on reading classic literature together. Nor can a mom with 6 kids spend hours creating elaborate weekly lesson plans for each child.
Use a Homeschool Planner
Once you’ve drop the shoulds, you need to look at what’s right for you. But how do you get clarity on what is a beautiful and doable classical homeschool for your family? After all, you don’t want to be desperately grabbing any old curriculum in August and hoping it’s going to be enough.
You need a homeschool lesson planner which will hold your hand while guiding you through the steps needed to plan a beautiful and doable classical education for your children. A homeschool lesson planner with clear action items and worksheets to help.
And that’s just what Pam’s Plan Your Year Kit provides.
It’s a homeschool lesson planner which carefully walks you through the process of planning next year’s homeschool. When you’re finished you’ll have a personalized education planned for each of your children without the overwhelm.
Plan Your Year has ten chapters which guide you through the entire process.
- From creating a vision for your homeschool
- To Crafting effective goals
- Determining a course of study
- Considering scheduling options
- Planning a week
- Evaluating and purchasing resources
- Building a booklist
- Organizing materials
- Keeping records
- And Planning your day
Planning a beautiful and doable classical education for our kids is an overwhelming task, even for a mom who’s been homeschool over 16 years now. Each year brings new challenges and new adjustments.
But the years I take the time to carefully plan, personalize, and organize the next school year are awesome years. My family is able to stay focused despite the chaos of daily life. We flow smoothly from one subject to another, and nothing is forgotten.
This year don’t procrastinate thinking about the next school year until it’s too late. You’ll just end up grabbing any old curriculum and a new homeschool planner hoping this year will be better.
Instead plan a beautiful and doable classical homeschool for your family using Pam’s Plan Your Year Kit. You’ll thank yourself in February!