Homeschool Planning

Everything You Need to Know About Planning a successful Homeschool

Getting ready to plan your homeschool year? Homeschool planning and keeping your homeschool organized can feel like a full time job! Choosing curriculum, scheduling everything you need to cover, and planning your day can take all the joy out of homeschooling. Let's break it down step-by-step so you know exactly what you need to do - and when you need to do it! 


What should I do first? 

Before you click 'purchase' on that cart full of homeschool curriculum, there are a few important things you need to do first. It all starts with WHY you homeschool. 

Read more: Why homeschool? What you need to know about finding your purpose

When it’s time to start developing a homeschool plan - researching homeschool methods, choosing subjects, selecting curriculum, planning your daily or weekly schedule - those reasons for homeschooling can bring clarity at each step in the planning journey.

Once you've defined WHY you homeschool, use that information to write a clear mission statement. This step might seem unimportant but it really isn't! When you have a few hard days or you're overwhelmed trying to find that perfect curriculum your homeschool mission statement can help bring clarity to the situation.

Read more: Why you need a homeschool mission statement


I know WHY I'm homeschooling. Now what?

Once you have a clear picture of WHY you're homeschooling - it's still not time to purchase curriculum! Let's set some clear goals first. (I promise, purchasing curriculum is the next step!)

Goals are such an important step. They can help you narrow down your curriculum choices, keep you on-track during the year, and when you have a tough day (or week... or month), you can focus on your basic goals and let everything else go.

Read more: Setting Homeschool Goals

While you're working on those goals, there are a few more things to keep in mind:

1. Your Homeschool Season - we all have seasons of life and our homeschool goes through a variety of seasons too. We have little ones underfoot or high school aged kids or even older parents we need to find time for. All of these situations require different things from us and we have to adjust our lives and homeschools accordingly.

Read more: Homeschool Seasons

2. Your Homeschool Methods - the homeschool methods you use in your homeschool are an influence on the goals you set and the curriculum you choose. They can even help you narrow down your curriculum choices.

Read more: How to Choose the Right Homeschool Methods for Your Family


It's time to choose your homeschool curriculum!

Once you've clarified your reasons for homeschooling, created a mission statement, and set some goals for your homeschool year -then it's time to shop!

All of those previous steps helps you narrow down your options and choose the things that will actually fit your needs and meet your goals.

But there are still a few more things to think about:

1. Your Homeschooling Budget - wouldn't it be nice to have unlimited funds for homeschooling? While it would be fun, that homeschool budget actually serves a purpose.

Read more: The Importance of a Homeschooling Budget

2. Your Teaching Style - you need to choose a curriculum that makes you fabulous teacher! It's more important than finding something that fits your child's learning style.

Read more: Finding Your Homeschool Teaching Style

3. Choosing Your Homeschool Curriculum - Don't click 'purchase' just yet! Think you've found the PERFECT program? Think again. Here's what you really need to know:

Read more: Choosing the Right Homeschool Curriculum for Your Family


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Homeschool planning in 3 easy steps:

Once you've finally made your homeschool curriculum purchases for the year, it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty of planning your homeschool year. It's easiest to do this in three steps:

1. Your Yearly Homeschool Schedule - select the schedule that suits your family's needs and create a course of study to keep yourself on-track.

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2. Your Weekly Homeschool Schedule - what kind of weekly plan do you prefer? Workboxes, loop schedules, checklists - let's take a look at all of them.

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3. Your Daily Homeschool Schedule - now it's time for the nitty-gritty. How are you going to fit homeschooling into your day and still have a life?!

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Homeschool organization:

Now that you know how to plan your homeschool year, it's time to get organized (unless you like the textbooks and school supplies scattered all over your house!).

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Homeschool planning mistakes:

We all make mistakes - bad curriculum purchases, over-planning, over-scheduling... 

Learn from my mistakes!


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 Getting ready to plan your homeschool year? Homeschool planning and keeping your homeschool organized can feel like a full time job! Choosing curriculum, scheduling everything you need to cover, and planning your day can take all the joy out of homeschooling. Let's break it down step-by-step so you know exactly what you need to do - and when you need to do it!

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