Are You a Homeschool Planner Drop Out?
Even before I was a homeschool mom I’ve loved planners. Well, I mean I’ve loved the idea of planners. I have purchased big ones and little ones, all beautifully inspiring in their own way. Unfortunately, that’s about where I stop. I’ve had a few successful months of planning, but overall, I’m a planning flunky.
So what’s a homeschool mom to do when she’s a planner drop out? Try a pretty planner? Done that. Didn’t work. Try a computer planner? Didn’t work. Try giving her children planners? Didn’t work.
If you can relate to my woes, then perhaps one of these ideas will help you.
- Teacher’s manuals. Please understand I don’t mean to sound snarky. Part of my problem with homeschool planners is that I use curricula with great teacher manuals. Why bother writing it again? I use post it notes or bookmarks to keep my place in the manual.
- A spiral notebook. My friend Lea Ann uses a spiral notebook to keep track of what she wants to do for the day. Instead of writing elaborate plans, she simply writes down the most important things for each child. This list guides her throughout the day.
- A tic tac toe grid. In my Kindle book The Power of One: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life, I share the power of a simple piece of paper. My friend Shelley Mollitor taught me how to use a tic tac toe grid for planning and brain dumping. When it comes to homeschooling, you could make one for each child or make one for yourself. Create a grid, then put a subject in each of the squares. For example, perhaps you put each of these in its own each square: Bible, Reading, Math, Spelling, Handwriting, Science, History, Chores, and Today’s Menu. Then you can make notes to yourself in each box. Tic tac toe grids are easy and flexible. Head to my blog for ten more ways to use them in your daily life!
There’s no magic here, just simplification. I hope these suggestions take the overwhelm out of homeschool planning and lighten your load a bit. Do you have a way you simplify your homeschooling? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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Jenny Herman wants to live in a world where dark chocolate dispensers reside on every corner. As a homeschooling special needs mom, she’s been featured in Autism Parenting Magazine, Wit and Wisdom from the Parents of Special Needs Kids: Mostly True Stories of Life on the Spectrum, and various blogs. If she survives the onslaught of testosterone in her home, she may take a moment to blog, read a book, try a new recipe, or loom knit a gift. You can find Jenny’s book The Power of One: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life on Amazon. Discover her tips for special needs parenting, hands-on homeschooling, and pressing on at jennyherman.com.