Summer Is Almost Over

Have you started the new homeschool year? We haven’t, and probably won’t for a few more weeks.⁠

Scrolling through IG, I see families that have already begun and many are sharing artfully styled posts about their school year plans, books they’ve bought, curriculum they’re using, and here I am trying to choke down my green smoothie and wondering what we’re going to do after breakfast.⁠

Yeah, I’ve ordered a few books here and there, I sold a bunch of old homeschool curriculum online, and I reorganized our school room over the weekend, but I haven’t really started planning. I have a general idea of what I’d like us to do, but nothing set in stone, written in a planner, or even jotted down on a scrap piece of paper.⁠

If I’m being totally honest with myself, I need to acknowledge the fact that I’m not a Type A person. Never have been, never will be. ⁠

We chose to homeschool because we wanted flexibility, we wanted to instill a love of learning in our kids, and we wanted them to have the time to explore and dive deep into their interests. ⁠

And for us, too much planning is stifling, but having absolutely no plan makes it hard to feel like we’re accomplishing anything. ⁠

So this year’s mantra is “action creates motivation.”⁠

I plan on carving out some time this week to sit down and draw up a rough plan. I’ll start with the overarching goals, the big picture, and work backwards from there. I won’t get too detailed, because if we’ve learned anything in 2020, it’s to expect the unexpected and we need to be able to easily pivot through whatever life brings us.⁠

How do you plan for the school year?⁠