The pool is open. The lemonade has been made. The grill is getting hot. Summer is in the air. And homeschooling mothers everywhere breathe a sigh of relief. Another year finished!
But as soon as we turn in the final portfolio or take end of the year tests, our thoughts start to turn to plans for next year. Where do we even begin? Excellent published resources have flooded the homeschooling market. It can be difficult to even know what we want in a curriculum, let alone what we need.
Write the Vision and Make it Plain–Habakkuk 2:2
If you are facing these sorts of questions, an excellent place to begin is to consider your big picture vision for your homeschool. Pam Barnhill from Ed Snapshots has created a free planning webinar called Vision and Goals as Tools of Success. She walks you through how to create concrete goals based on your vision statement that provide real help when sifting through homeschooling choices. With a sense of the overall vision, you can weigh specific curriculum choices to find the ones that best align with your goals.
Plan Your (Best!) Year
Pam has also written Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. After your goals are in place, you can use her pretty planning sheets to put legs on your vision. The sheets can be printed and filled out by hand or you can edit the pdf and store it in Evernote. The pack of more than 40 sheets includes:
Those links are to more free webinars by the way! In them you can get a sense of Pam’s warm and practical style. Plan Your Year isn’t just pretty printables; it also includes a 79 page guide full of useful, inspiring examples and links for further reading. You can also join an exclusive community on Facebook. Starting on June 5, 2017, they’ll be working through Plan Your Year step by step inside the group!
But you don’t have to take my word for it! Watch these free webinars, and download the free sample planning pages and Summer Planning Pages. Start thinking through what you want your homeschooling day to look like. The homeschool market is full of worthy curriculum. Plan Your Year will help you clarify your priorities so that you can make the best choices for your family.