How to Not Plan Your Homeschool

Our drawing for the OCEANetwork Conference ended Sunday. The winner is Donna Hooton! Yay! 

I stumbled upon this blog post from 3monkeysthrowingaroundsomepaper which very well explains a way that you can do delight led schooling which I highly recommend and still keep track of what you’re doing. This is especially important if you are in a state that requires documentation. This is also great if you’re a laid back mom like me –someone who doesn’t thrive on schedules and plans.

from 3 Monkeys throwing around some….PAPER!!!: How I don’t PLAN homeschooling…

I see the question often: “How do you plan out your week for homeschooling?”, ” What kind of planner do you use?”, “Do you plan?”, “How to plan for homeschooling”.  Here’s my easy answer: I DON’T!!!  (anymore) Shocking huh??  Let me explain:

I am not really a plan everything out kinda girl, not in my recreation life, not in our homeschooling (not anymore) .  I used to plan.  I used to sit for hours and write out every chapter and exercise and reading list we were going to do that week.  But honestly, I didn’t like to plan BECAUSE…..if I didn’t  finish everything I had planned, it made me feel bad.  I feel like we didn’t accomplish anything that week and the panic would set in.  But truth be told, we did a lot of learning, just not what I PLANNED on teaching that week.  What happens if I plan to get through 2 chapters of our Story of the World history curriculum but we only do one chapter because the boys were so interested in studying more about nomads?  Maybe we used our time instead of reading a second chapter in our book, we researched nomad tribes of the Amazon?  What if the boys asked me how the nomads move from place to place?  We did more research.  What if they wanted to know what happened to the nomad’s houses when they moved?  We did more research.  What if they want to know more about the day and life of a nomad?  Is it wrong to do more research?  Is it wrong to satisfy their curiosity? Absolutely not!  They were learning.  They were understanding.  They were processing the information and even coming up with more questions!  Homeschooling Success!!!!  This is one of the reasons we chose to homeschool.  We can dive deeper into a subject that interests us.  We can go down the “rabbit hole”. We can skim over those that don’t interest us!  For example:  my boys hate snakes.  Hate them.  Period.  When our Sassafras Adventures book got to Cobra snakes, my boys wanted to skip it.  We did review it.  But we didn’t research it.  We moved quickly on…..thankfully!  (oh, I don’t like snakes either).  But when we were learning about lions, Jesse asked me what a wildebeest was- one of lion’s favorite foods.  Off to research we went!!!  Jesse (and Owen came back in to watch) watched wildebeest migrations, wildebeest life cycle.  We had an afternoon of research- all from ONE question!
This was a change of thought process for me, a change of attitude for me!  I don’t need to plan everyday.  I needed to foster what my kids were naturally doing, on their own, learning! (Click here to read the whole article.)


Sarah Forbes



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