It’s that time of year again. Most homeschool moms are busy planning for a new school year. We are researching all the curricula options and trying to decide on what we want for our family. Everyone is sharing their plans and curriculum choices, but no one is sharing exactly how it is they are planning their year. It’s hard to find a step by step process of how every person intends to educate their children because we are all unique.
I am a massive fan of curricula. I awe over all the excellent guides and resources. There is even a specific curriculum that I have used over again with my kids, but it does not cover nearly everything my children will need for an entire year. Curricula can be very helpful, and there are so many options to choose from.
But what if you do not want to use a curriculum? Maybe you choose not to utilize curriculum because you don’t like the idea of following a strict guideline, it could be because of the cost, or it may not be what you’re looking for, and you want to make your own decisions when it comes to educating your children.
I will be honest and say that I have tried loads of different curricula, always in the search for the perfect one. As far as my family is concerned, there is no complete curriculum. I’ve always found that they either don’t align with my chosen method of education, they are too complicated, perhaps they don’t cover enough, the books required are too expensive, it’s not all-inclusive, some of the resources were utterly unnecessary, and the list goes on.
When I decided to homeschool using the Charlotte Mason method, it was hard to find a boxed set that had everything I needed, from guides to resources and all the books I would need in one conveniently packaged box. Now I realize that a boxed curriculum is not the answer for my family because it is not made tailored to our specific needs.
As a new homeschool mom, there is no way that I could have pieced together our own curriculum with confidence. I needed help. What I really needed, and would have liked, was someone to take my hand and guide me through all the steps of planning out a year, completely customized to my family. For me, this has always been my goal, but I’ve been paralyzed by fear and doubt in the past.
I don’t know if I would or could consider myself a veteran homeschool mom, (going on 3 years) but I feel comfortable enough in our journey and what I know to start making some of these big decisions for ourselves. And if you feel the same way about your children’s educations, then maybe we can try this together.
I believe that we are blessed with authority over these decisions, and we do not have to be afraid. We are capable of educating our children at home and feeding them beautiful ideas that will nourish their hearts and minds. All we need is a bit of guidance and support.
Over the next several weeks, or however long it takes, I will be sharing with you my planning process on how to create a custom plan for my family.
STEP 1. Find Your “Why” and Create a Master Plan
If you look back to your “why” for homeschooling, you’ll find that the reason you decided to homeschool your children in the first place may have very little do with curricula or book choices at all.
Some of the reasons why I chose to homeschool my children are due to the fact that I wanted to be the one to guide them through life, allowing the Holy Spirit to be in constant access with their spirits while trying my best to provide my children with truth and living ideas. I wanted to instill ethical values and morals in my children and not allow them, in their young and impressionable age, to be influenced negatively by the world.
So as I get ready to plan the next few years on my own, I want to look at the overall big picture, not just look ahead to tomorrow or next week. It is hard to remember our goals and reasons for doing this when we are continually trying to decide what we will be doing next week or even next year in our homeschools. We can lose sight of the overall goal, the end result, if you will. We will then have an end goal, and can look at it when we are having doubts or simply trying to plan a school year for our family.
I created this chart that will help you and me create a master plan (goals) for the overall education of our children. In other words, when we are done homeschooling, and they are ready to leave the nest, what kind of person do you want to see standing in front of you?
I have attached my own master plan that I have created for my family. Please know that I have created this plan for our family with our faith and chosen method of education in mind. In the end, I know that God has a will and a plan for my children and above all else, I choose to surrender my children to Him because I believe that He is The Great Educator of mankind.
To create your own, you can use this free chart below. This is honestly my first time adding a pdf that I’ve made, so please let me know if it is not working correctly, and I will do my best to fix it. Customize your educational goals for your family based on your beliefs, values, and what is important to you.
*There are no strings attached with this chart. You do not need to provide an email or subscribe to a list to use it. This is something I made and am offering it to you, free of charge. Please feel free to use this to help you plan but please do not distribute this in any way for monetary gain. Thank you.
I will be talking about step 2 and giving you some tips on the next blog post. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you want to talk about planning in general. I’d love to chat!