Planning the homeschool year seems to be in the air right now. I’m considering what I need to do before I begin planning, and I’ve seen many other bloggers also writing about how they blog the school year.
Here’s a short round up of the blogs I’ve found discussing planning the homeschool year. These are in no particular order.
Blog Posts About Planning the Homeschool Year
- Tonia at the Sunny Patch has a wonderful three part series on How to Plan a Homeschool Year she wrote. It covers goal setting, choosing curricula, and organizing.
- Jamie at The Unlikely Homeschool has a five part series on 5 Days of Scheduling Your Entire School Year. She includes videos to show how she plans.
- Here’s another video of Homeschool Planning by Pam Barnhill, Chelli G, and Mystie Winckler.
- Kim Sorgius gives 10 Steps to Planning Your Homeschool School Year.
- Here’s an amusing How To Plan Your School Year in 13 Easy Steps by Annie Reneau.
- Heather at Only Passionate Curiosity has a Homeschool Scheduling 101: Planning Your School Year.
These are just some of the many blogs about planning the homeschool year. Feel free to comment about your favorites and add any others you know.
What I’ve found interesting, running through these how-to-plan, is my system for planning the homeschool year is completely different.
How I Plan the Homeschool Year
- I finalize my curriculum plans in January or February so I can begin shopping immediately. Most of my curriculum is picked up slowly over time as I find it used for a good price. I only pick up the last few items I need to purchase new in the summer. Currently, the only thing I need is Elemental Science’s Grammar Stage Physics.
- Once the Tapestry of Grace Year plan has been purchased, I make planning decisions for the specific books I will need for the next school year.
- Now that it’s summer, I begin planning the homeschool year by thoughtfully considering how I want my household to run for the next year before I move on to school decisions. Summer break is when I make major changes to chores, the preschoolers’ schedule, and our household structure. The goal is to have everything in place before the new school year begins.
- It’s time to choose the planner I will use for the next school year. I also check school crates to ensure they’re in good shape and everyone who needs a crate, has a crate. Basically, I’m checking our physical organization structure.
- I finalize decisions about subjects and levels, and I double check to ensure all needed curriculum is purchased. The last thing I need to is start in September and realize that I forgot a subject for one of the children! That’s not so likely as that I’ll have forgotten one of the supplements we use to make things easier on ourselves.
- Now I determine the pace we will complete subjects during our school year. Some subjects are easy. We complete one Tapestry of Grace week every week. Apologia science is covered at a rate of four modules a quarter. Other subjects are more difficult. I don’t plan the day-to-day, but I do plan what needs to be completed each week. The children plan their own weekly schedules.
- The next step is to print and file papers for the school year. I ensure my filing system is in place, I have plenty of ink and paper, and begin printing the worksheets, e-books, and notebooking pages we’ll need. This is time consuming and eats up my days.
- Hit the Back-to-School Sales! We need loose-leaf, spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, colored pencils, glue, protractors, compasses, student planners etc. I can usually purchase around 7-10 spiral notebooks for a dollar during these sales, so I stock up.
- Relax for the remainder of the summer. School for us will begin again the first week of September. The children grumble a bit because we start a couple days ahead of their friends in the public school system. They dance in the street when they realize we finish weeks ahead! We push through with no teacher workdays or winter break. It adds up over the course of a school year. We should finish either the last week of May or the first week of June.
Currently I’m review how the household runs, contemplating successes and failures with our time schedule the last year, and creating a new schedule for the household. The older four children increase their independence each year as well as their need for in-depth discussions. My youngest two no longer need the tight supervision they needed as toddlers.
Where do you start when you plan the next quarter or school year?