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I would love to say I am one of those meticulously organized homeschool mommas… but I’m not. I’m more of a lazy organized homeschool momma. And you know what? I’m okay with that!
I’m just happy that I’ve found a homeschool planning method that works for me. It’s one that I actually use daily and follow throughout the year. Which is really important because what good is it to spend your time organizing your homeschool – only to give up on it mid October? I’ve been there, and it’s frustrating (and expensive).
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What is a laid back homeschool?
It’s not as lackadaisical as the name implies. The kids aren’t running around with free reign of the house. They do actual school work.
The “laid back” part is about the way I plan our time. It’s also about what we don’t do. Let me explain…
- We don’t start at a set time every day – school starts when mom’s second cup of coffee kicks in.
- We don’t have a strict lesson plan for each day – but we do have goals for the week.
- I don’t geek out if we run out of time for a subject – there’s always tomorrow.
- We don’t do school on dad’s unexpected days off – we do make up any missed work throughout the week.
How do you plan a laid back homeschool?
Although planning and laid back don’t normally go together, they are the perfect fit for the occasional procrastinator (like me). This style oh homeschool planning provides a basic guideline to operate your homeschool, without putting too much pressure on yourself.
The best time to start planning for the next year’s curriculum is the semester before your school year starts. We homeschool year round, with our school year starting in July. So I usually start planning for the next school year in Spring.
Here’s how to do it in 4 easy steps:
- Make a list of subjects
- Select curriculum for each subject (find a FREE printable for your curriculum here!)
- Plan what weeks your school will operate (full year or summers off)
- Break curriculum down into 36 week short goals
- Place all documents in a three ring binder
The only items you need to purchase to make to make this system work is a three ring binder! I recommend this four pack of 1″ 3-Ring Binders from Amazon. They are sturdy and you can use the extras to organize your child’s subject work and portfolio.
Putting the plan into action
Then, once the semester begins I use my sticky note planner (This Week’s Plan PDF) to break down the current week’s subject goals into daily tasks using sticky notes. This allows for quick and easy changes to the week’s plan.
Finally, at the end of the week you take the work that has been done from the sticky notes and put it onto the weekly review sheet (What We Learned This Week PDF) and simply toss the sticky notes.
That’s all there is to it!
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