Do you dream of homeschool planning peace? Would you love to find that special place where you can open your perfect-for-you homeschool planner and work towards rockin’ your homeschool? Find out more about these 5 Common Homeschool Planning Problems-& How To Overcome.
Homeschool planning is one of my favorite parts of homeschooling, as well as one of my least favorite parts!
I LOVE all things planning! There is nothing like staring at a blank planner page and going to town with ideas, goals, and lists. Homeschool curriculum research and buying…oooooh girl! This homeschool mama digs it!
Unfortunately, I have discovered (much to my dismay!) that I have encountered a few “problems” in my homeschool planning. Gasp! Yes, as much as I love homeschool planning, I struggle!
Before addressing these five homeschool planning problems, I would like you to take a few minutes and think about where you might struggle in your homeschool planning. Consider these questions:
- What areas do you need to work on to help your homeschool day go smoother?
- Are there moments in your day where you or one of your kids “loses it” a.k.a. screams, kicks, crawls into a fetal position?
- Do you feel rushed and like you are never doing enough?
- Do you look back on your day and wonder what got accomplished?
- Is your homeschool planner full of beautiful decor and loaded lists but sits there unused?
- If one or more of your homeschool plans are not completed, do you experience anxiety and increase pressure on yourself?
- Do you feel stuck with the homeschool curriculum you purchased because you spent money on it?
- When a new “shiny” homeschool curriculum flashes by, are you quickly second-guessing your current curriculum and dashing off to make the purchase?
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5 Common Homeschool Planning Problems
1. Deer In Headlights
I thought this was a good description for when you have no idea where to begin or you are overwhelmed. Recently, I felt myself spinning in circles in my office (where a majority of our homeschool resources are located). I felt like I was on a merry-go-round, looking at the all the pretty colors spinning about yet not able to focus on anything. Sound familiar?
You want to start homeschool planning but have a mental block that prevents you from starting.
I am a chronic over-planner. I actually feel like I need to start a self-help group dedicated to helping other homeschoolers who share this problem. “Hi! My name is Amy and I am a homeschool over-planner.”
I also know a few homeschoolers who feel as though they underplan. They feel like their homeschool plans are flops because work is completed early or with ease. These homeschoolers experience a fear of missing out. “What am I missing? What are we forgetting to do?”
3. Curriculum Woes
There have been times when I am struck blind with “shiny & sparkly” new homeschool curriculum. The curriculum that will magically transform our homeschool into a peaceful and efficient place of higher level learning. That Holy Grail of homeschool curriculum!
Also, I have been at the opposite end of this spectrum where I get so stubborn that I will not let go of a homeschool curriculum, even if it is just not workin for our family. I dig in my heels because we shelled out money and I shall make it happen!
Oh dear! I hate to admit this but I have struggled with following through with my homeschool plans. I could attribute it to my chronic overplanning (see problem #2) or the fact that I have five active boys who keep me on my toes. To be honest, however, it is me (hanging head in shame).
I have a tendency to get a bit excited about a topic, subject area, or project and then quickly lose interest. Also, my beautifully designed plans sometimes lay abandoned as we drop everything to jump down a rabbit hole.
5. Freedom! (or not)
Other common homeschool planning problems are either being a prisoner to your plans or not following through at all.
When we first began our homeschool journey, I was a bit of a tyrant when it came to your homeschool day. I thought that I had to run it to the minute. Way too much pressure and not enough fun equaled burnt-out mama and dejected kids.
Then, I became way too lax. It was all about fun and not enough structure. I would scratch a few ideas down for our homeschool day and nothing would get done.
Factors Influencing Your Homeschool Planning Problems!
There are several things to consider when we look at homeschool planning problems.
- Personalities of your kids and yourself. (For a fantastic free personality test, visit 16personalities.com. Personality Page has a free test for kids ages 7-12.)
- Your family size and how many kids you are homeschooling.
- Ages of your homeschool kids. Planning for a toddler is very different than planning for a high schooler! Keeping little ones busy is also a chore unto itself. As your family dynamics change, so too will your homeschool planning!
How To Overcome Your Homeschool Planning Problems
After getting a better understanding of your own personality and your kids, consider these ideas to help tackle your homeschool planning problems.
1. Homeschool Mission Statement
Do you have an effective homeschool mission statement? If not, start thinking about your reasons for homeschooling-your why. If so, does it need updated?
Once you have a homeschool mission statement that you know reflects your homeschool, place it in a prominent place. Read it out loud-for your kids and yourself. Study your mission statement-especially before you start planning. Use it to direct your decisions as you work towards homeschool planning peace.
Consider the overall goals of your homeschool, each of your homeschool kids, and yourself. Answer these questions to help you get a better idea of what direction your homeschool planning needs to take.
- Are these goals realistic?
- Are these goals quantitative? (You can directly measure progress.)
- Do you have too many or too few goals?
- Do your goals have a time frame within which to be completed?
- What are the end purposes of your goals?
This resource is extremely valuable in your homeschool, especially if you have visual learners and pre-readers. Find or draw pictures of your homeschool mission statement and goals. Compile a homeschool vision board for all to see. Consult your board prior to and during your homeschool planning sessions. Ask yourself if your homeschool plans reflect your goals and mission.
4. Chat With Other Homeschoolers
I give this tip with an important warning: DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO ANOTHER HOMESCHOOLER! I merely suggest talking with other homeschoolers who are sympathetic to your homeschool planning situation and want to help.
When you know that you are not alone, it can make it so much easier. Plus, it is fantastic to have homeschool buddies to talk to and share ideas. If you are looking for an active and supportive online place to chat about homeschool, join Rock Your Homeschool! Facebook group where we chat about all types of homeschooling topics.
5. Consult & Use a Helpful Resource
I have found that many of my homeschool planning problems have been overcome through the use of a helpful resource, Plan Your Year. This kit includes a guide, planning forms, videos, and audio bonuses. After trying a variety of homeschool planners and approaches, Plan Your Year has helped me discover a homeschool planning system that works for me.
What homeschool planning problems have you encountered? How did you overcome these problems? Please share your ideas & tips to help other homeschoolers overcome their homeschool planning problems!