Are you looking for a yearly homeschool planning guide to help you plan for the 2021-2022 homeschool year? Are you wondering if the Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide will work for you? Then, keep reading…this post is for you.
When I first started homeschooling, like most, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.
- I spent hours upon hours upon hours researching all the different homeschooling philosophies.
- I looked up the subjects I was supposed to teach, and then scoured the internet for homeschool curriculum that fit what I thought I was looking for.
- I talked to homeschool moms.
- I attended homeschool conventions.
- I read a lot of homeschool books.
Getting started homeschooling can feel overwhelming.
But in the end, one of the best ways to learn to homeschool is to just do it.
It’s okay to feel like a beginner when you’re a beginner. I know that might seem like a weird thing to say, but in our comparison driven society, it’s worth saying again and again and again.
It’s normal to feel like a beginner when just starting out in your homeschool journey.
Where you are now though isn’t where you’re going to stay, because with each passing week, month, year, you’re going to grow.
- You’re going to get better at choosing curriculum.
- You’re going to get to better at teaching your child in the way he/she learns best.
- You’re going to get better at identifying your gifts as a homeschool mom, and yes, even your weaknesses.
You’re going to grow and change, and you won’t feel overwhelmed forever because you’re going to gain experience as a homeschool mom.
You can’t rush experience, so it’s okay to start as a beginner.
We all do!
The key is to lean into the tension of what you don’t yet know with what you do know.
Be patient with yourself and with the process.
Homeschooling your children is hard work. It’s not easy, and it will take a huge investment of your time, faculties, and talents.
But hard doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong.
Hard doesn’t mean you’re not capable.
Hard simply means you’re doing the work to educate your children.
Focus on being faithful to the task, and I am certain you’ll find your way on the path God has for you and your family.
At the end of the day, all you need to do is check your state’s homeschool laws (and follow them), and focus on what you need to do this year.
You don’t have to figure out all the things, or determine where your kid will get into college if you choose that high school curriculum for them (when your child is just six).
Just focus on this homeschool year.
This is where the Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide can help.
I have designed my planning guide to help you get crystal clear on what’s most important for your family this year, and then create a homeschool plan with those priorities in mind.
The Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide will take the guesswork out of what you need to think about, and give you a step-by-step guide for planning your homeschool year.
But I’m not just going to help you choose curriculum.
I’m going to help you invest deeply in your family.
With the help of the child evaluation forms and the interview questions for both your children and your husband, we’re going to take you off the island of isolation in your planning process. I’m going to guide you in gathering information from your God-given, built-in community!
It’s so easy to get caught up in planning our homeschool year, asking all the experts online, but not consult the people who are most effected by our decisions in our own homes.
If you’re married, your husband is a valuable resource and asset to your homeschool. Even if he doesn’t seem all that interested, or even if he’s not involved in the day-to-day running of the homeschool.
He’s still 100% invested in his children, and it’s more likely he doesn’t know how to come alongside you. And you may not know how to ask him for his help for that matter.
The Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide will help bridge that gap.
When I started asking my husband the questions in the homeschool planning guide, it was amazing how much clearer things became. He was able to offer insight into areas I was blinded to and help me find solutions I never would have thought of.
There have even been seasons where he’s taken ownership in various parts of the children’s education when he could see how much was on my plate.
Having a set of guided questions to ask my husband has helped me to not exhaust him with my roundabout, never ending verbal processing either. You know what I’m talking about, so I’ll just move on to my next point. 🙂
Now, maybe you aren’t just getting started homeschool, and instead, you’ve been home educating your children for many years.
You’re probably in one of two camps:
- It’s going well for you, or
- You’re exhausted and things need to change.
If you’re a veteran homeschool mom who it’s seemingly going well for..
It’s tempting to draw from the wellspring of the past, assuming that what you’ve always done you will always do.
I’ve found that it’s easy to grow comfortable in our processes.
We put homeschool curriculum buying on autopilot.
We place each of our children into the same factory line the previous child before him or her was in, and we just assume that because we can check all the boxes we’re doing fine.
There’s no friction…
There’s no glaring problems…
We must be doing okay.
Is it possible you’re too comfortable?
Is it possible you’re missing some opportunities to mine the hearts of your children?
Is it possible you’re missing the blessing of inviting your husband into your homeschool space?
If you aren’t missing any of this, and you’re doing all these things, then carry on friend. Well done!
If you’re not, then the Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide will guide you in the possibilities available to you as a mom cultivating a culture of deeper relationships in your home.
If your homeschool year didn’t go as planned last year…
You may be tempted to think, there’s no point in trying again this year.
Maybe you’re ready to throw in the towel on this whole homeschooling thing because you’re obviously not cut out for it.
Maybe you’ve accepted that your children will never get along.
Or maybe you feel like your husband just doesn’t understand and support you as a homeschool mom.
Lean in homeschool friend, and hear me clear.
Last year does not define you as a homeschool mom.
If last school year wasn’t what you hoped it would be, then know you aren’t alone.
I want to help you get back to a place of peace, joy, and confidence in your homeschool.
Or maybe get to that place for the first time.
- Take the guesswork out of planning
- Help you set your eyes on what matters most
- Give you the questions to engage in meaningful conversation with both your children and your husband, and
- Encourage you to guide your family with confidence into a new homeschool school year.
Wherever you are in your homeschool journey, if you’re not satisfied with how things have been going, then I’m here to tell you that you get to choose a different way.
You get to choose to stop accepting defeat.
You get to choose to stop listening to the lies that are telling you that you don’t have what it takes to be a homeschool mom.
You get to choose to take your rightful place as the primary educator of your children.
You get to choose freedom!
When I started following this process when planning for my homeschool year, I stopped thinking about what was going on in everyone else’s homeschool rooms, and I got into the presence of the Lord.
I stopped worrying about all the things that needed to change about how I homeschool, and I got into the presence of the Lord.
I stopped wondering when this was all going to get easier, and I got into the presence of the Lord.
With its carefully crafted evaluations, and purposeful questions, I can consider the ways and works of God in my life, my children’s life, and in my husband’s while making an intentional plan for our homeschool year.
So will the Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide work for you?
I don’t know. I guess it depends on whether or not you will actually use it.
Just like with my Made to Give Life Planner, I can give you the tools to go deeper, to bring to light the things that are hidden, but I can’t make you do anything about them.
However, I can tell you that when things surface (and they will surface), this is where you can deal with those problems that have left you stuck for far too long.
For it is only what is brought out into the light that can be changed, healed, and renewed.
Friend, your children and husband need you.
Your family needs you to show up again this year.
Your family needs you to be who you are by grace, not the you that you are naturally.
And it is this woman who can guide her family into greater freedom as you each begin to live out your God-given purposes right there in your very own home.
I want to help you in this process.