“Help me! I always over-plan, over-buy and become overwhelmed when planning my new year! What should I do?”
In answering this reader’s question, I remembered my early years and the terrible stress, anxiety and fear that consumed me when planning a new year. After years of homeschooling and finding what works for us , here is my simple encouragement ~
Don’t over do it.
- You don’t need to cover every . single . subject . for . each . child.
- Combine your kids for all the Bible, Core studies, Read Alouds and Fine Arts wherever possible.
- Start with a good Maths, Spelling & Dictation, and a Reading/ Phonics program for each child. Then add a family centered Core.
- Gently add all the extra subjects such as Fine Arts and Nature Walks once your kids manage the basics.
Don’t spend money on curriculum or supplies you are not sure you will use.
- Don’t buy under pressure that you “should” or “must” do programs, or purchase programs all the other moms are using.
- Put those orders on a wish list and let them wait there a while until you have peace and rest in your heart.
- Find FREE downloads instead. You can download stacks of my Free Pages to cover Handwriting, Copywork, Nature Study, Biographies and a full Famous Artist & Musician studies.
- There are so many free Lapbooks and Unit Studies out there, but, again, don’t download and print out too much! See #1.
Don’t make a rigid schedule.
- When I tried to follow an over-full schedule, I felt overwhelmed, especially when we “fell behind”.
- Create a wide margin of time to explore, discover, follow other tangents and pause and reflect on the subject matter.
- Give your children options. They don’t have to everything!
- View the schedule as your guide and not your strict task master.
- Follow the 4-Day Week schedule and give yourselves one “free” day for fun and Fine Arts.
- STRETCH out the curriculum over 18 months instead of 12 months. It really doesn’t matter what “grade” your child is following each year so long as they are working on their level and working consistently.
I hope that this encouragement helps settle those nerves and make your planning seem simpler and easier.
Blessings as you plan, Nadene
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