Planning season is upon us. Do you have your plans sorted out for the new school year yet? I suspect you have some of your plans sorted out while others are still up in the air, rather like myself.
Before we go any farther in our planning, let’s visualize the perfect homeschool day for our families. Just so you know, I’ve been using the Plan Your Year Planning Kit to help me plan my homeschool this year. Pick up your copy and follow along!
Grab a cup of coffee and visualize the perfect homeschool day.
Do you see your family involved in hours of arts, crafts, and activities? Perhaps you envision of family concerts, hours playing music together, and performing for the community at large?
Perhaps visions of books and hours curled up on the sofa dance through your head? Or maybe you love the thought of spending hours outside involved in nature study?
There’s always the vision of a balance. Changing the focus of the homeschool everyday of the week. One day concentrating on music and playing together. Another day wandering the hills watching flowers bloom.
The third day spent drinking tea, eating cookies, and reading books together. A fourth day involved in arts, crafts, and history projects.
A fifth day spent exploring science experiments or completing wonderful activities such as treasure hunts that North Star Geography offers.
It’s your homeschool, so what’s your dream?
Now consider how to make your dream come true? Do you have to change your children dramatically? For me to spend hours in family concerts, I would. My active children are more likely to bounce off the walls than play a concerto.
However wandering outside exploring nature is possible… if I can get them to slow down long enough to watch a flower grow.
We have spent many hours curled up with books, and I bring out the arts and crafts supplies to keep hands busy while I read.
Pull together an idea of how you want to spend your day. Perhaps you’d love to spend the morning doing the basics and the afternoon alternating between nature study, books, music appreciation, history, science, and art.
As we plan our year, we’ll pull together goals, subjects, and curriculum. But first we need a vision for our families, children, and homeschool.
Remember to pick up your copy of Plan Your Year to follow along with this series!