Are you looking for a homeschool planning guide to help plan your homeschool year? Then, this post is for you! The Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide has been revised and updated, and it’s ready to help you plan your best homeschool year yet!
A couple of years ago, I released the Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide for the very first time. I had spent so many years blundering around the homeschool planner-sphere that when I finally created a system that worked for me, I got to work right away making it possible to share it with you.
Over the last several weeks, I’ve been revising and updating the original homeschool planning guide to make it even better.
- I’ve changed the design to make it a little more printer-friendly.
- I analyzed all of the questions to be sure they helped you reflect and reveal the sticking points and biggest priorities for your school year.
- I rearranged and reworded until I felt like the homeschool planning guide was more clear and user-friendly.
- And I realized that this is still the homeschool planning guide that works for me time and time again!
Whether you’re just getting started homeschooling and need someone to guide you through the nitty gritty of setting up a plan for your new school year, or a veteran homeschool mom who wants to go deeper with her children this year, then the Your Intentional Family: Homeschool Planning Guide is for you!
Yearly homeschool planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
Yes, it’s a big job.
Yes, it takes a lot of work.
But no, it doesn’t have to be confusing, frustrating, or filled with moments of, “I wonder if this is the right decision?”
Home educating our children is one of the greatest privileges.
You are committing to taking the education of your child into your hands, and if you’re not careful, you’ll get caught up in focusing buying the “right homechool curriculum” and forget to plan for the hearts and souls of your children as well.
At least that’s what happened to me.
When I started homeschooling, I researched all the different reading curriculums, I studied all the different homeschool teaching philosophies, I agonized over math curriculum…
Sure, in the back of my mind I knew that because we were choosing to homeschool our children, I would have unfettered access to shaping their characters and telling them about Jesus, but the keywords there is: the back of my mind.
I got lost in the vortex of figuring out what to use for each subject that I was exhausted by the time I thought about how to add (yet another thing) to my plate. Now, I have to teach Bible?
This is truly when I knew I needed a better method for planning my homeschool year.
I needed to sit down and ask myself the right questions before I started wading into the sea of choices, and place a proverbial post-it note on my forehead (or computer screen) that said: THIS IS WHAT MATTERS THIS YEAR!
I know as homeschool moms, we want to do a good job. We want to be intentional, and we certainly don’t want to fail our kids.
But when we approach our yearly homeschool planning from this vantage point, we’re sure to miss the joy, peace and gift that is homeschooling our children.
Again, this was the case for me.
I toiled so hard at “doing it right” that I burned out very, very quickly. We sent my oldest to public school for the first part of his first grade year, and though it was the right decision at the time, I know now that it was primarily fueled by burn out.
I was just so tired.
When we brought him back home for the second part of his first grade year, I had a new perspective. I could see where I had made homeschooling my son an idol, the center of our entire home, and I could understand more fully why nothing ever seemed to work.
It took me a year or two more of blundering through the homeschool planning process before settling on my yearly homeschool planning routine, but now that I’m here, I’m determined to help you start off (or get back onto) the right foot.
Learning to take time to think first then plan has been a game changer.
Training myself to not buy the shiny new curriculum in the mopey, mundane of March has saved me so much buyer’s regret.
And remembering that I don’t need to plan for high school when my child is merely six years old has helped, too. Just being real.
Do you do that, too?
Do you feel like you have to figure out ALL THE YEARS when really you just need to take this one homeschool year, one homeschool week, one homeschool day at a time?
Well, then I’m really glad you found this post because I’m your girl!
With the help of the Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide you will no longer have to make decisions out of fear (fear of missing out, fear of not having enough, fear of not being enough).
You will be able to make decisions for your homeschool with confidence because you know exactly what you’re priorities for your homeschool year are.
Then, you’ll be able to choose the resources and curriculum to help you meet those goals for this year.
- Maybe last year didn’t go as you hoped it would in your homsechool.
- Maybe you’re like I was, burned out and exhausted from trying to “do it right.”
- Maybe you’ve wished you had more time to focus on your children’s character, or teach your child more than just Bible stories.
- Maybe you wish your marriage held up better under the stress of the homeschool year.
Those are the things the Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide addresses, or at least helps you address.
I can’t do it for you. I can’t make you take an honest look at your homeschool, your relationships, your priorities.
But I can guide you.
I can put the right questions in front of you that with the help of the Holy Spirit you can uncover what the Lord has for you in the 2021-2022 homeschool year.
The Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide Includes:
- A step-by-step guide for evaluating the previous homeschool year: uncover the sticking points and make plans for overcoming these hurdles.
- Questions to involve your children and husband in the process of planning your homeschool year: use the guided questions to engage in meaningful conversations with your family about your yearly homeschool plans.
- A practical process for overcoming decision fatigue: a proven way to stop buying curriculum you don’t need or will never use and instead put your money toward what matters most and fits your family and lifestyle (YES, PLEASE!).
Plus so much more! For real – get a glimpse of what else is included!
- A Check-In Worksheet you can use at the end of each term of your homeschool year: these simple questions will help you analyze how things are going in your homeschool and make changes.
- Planning pages to help you set up routines and meal plan: if you haven’t tried my seasonal meal planning process, then you’ll need to see this post (and then use the printable in your guide).
- Weekly Planning Checklists to help you plan your and/or your children’s week: This is what I use for weekly planning. I print one for each child for each week, and I’m good to go.
- And more printables to help you focus on what matters most in your homeschool!
The Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide is not just another homeschool resource that’s going to sit on your (virtual) shelf collecting dust.
The Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide is designed to guide and mentor you in creating a yearly homeschool plan that works for your family. It’s like having a homeschool coach walking alongside you as you make your plans for the new school year, training you in spiritually guiding your family and allowing Him to direct your steps.
The Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide will help you uncover the individual strengths of each of your children, consider your husband’s role in your homeschool, and uncover the unique plan God has for your family this year.
And then every year after that, because my homeschool planning guide is not dated. This means you’ll get to use it year after year, and if I make updates, you get those, too, free of charge!
But the Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide isn’t a full blown planner. Not in the traditional sense of the word.
You will not find monthly calendars, weekly agendas (apart from the weekly checklists for planning your student’s week), or lesson planning pages.
The reason for this is simple. There are plenty of free Homeschool Planners out there. A quick Pinterest search will turn up oodles of option.
Not to mention, each of our individual planning styles will be very different, and to add these elements to my homeschool planning guide would have forced me to raise the price of the guide.
I did NOT want to do that when it was likely you would have a different way of daily planning from the one I provide.
And to be completely honest with you, this planning guide is actually all I use to plan our homeschool year. It actually is my “Homeschool Planner.”
Personally, I’ve found the traditional “daily/monthly planner” style to be more than I need, and if I do need a monthly or weekly spread for me as the teacher, I just print extra planning pages from my Made to Give Life Planner.
I love the flexibility of making my own personalized homeschool planner, and this homeschool planning guide helps me include just what I need (nothing more, nothing less).
Here’s what you get with the Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide
- A guide for planning one full year of home education (to re-use year-after-year)
- Immediate access to any revisions or updates made to the homeschool planning guide free of charge
- Evaluation forms to help assess your previous school year and prepare for the new school year
- Guided questions to help you get really honest about the sticking points in your homeschool (and make a plan for fixing those problems)
- Goal planning worksheets to help you set priorities for your homeschool year as well, as for each individual child
- Checklist for setting up your Year-At-A-Glance (and a printable you can use to track your year)
- Checklist for setting up your Course of Study (and a printable you can use for this processs)
- A curriculum evaluation form that is my proven method for decreasing the amount of unneeded curriculum in my home
- Customizable weekly checklists you can use for each child (or even your own personal planning)
- Additional printable pages such as prayers for your children, book list, field trip ideas, and book review pages.
Finally, if you don’t love your homeschool planning guide, just let us know within 30 days to get a full refund.
No questions asked. Well, maybe we will ask you why so we can make the planning guide better. But you’ll still get your money back. Promise!
Are you ready to stop drowning in the sea of curriculum choices and possibilities, and start making intentional, deliberate choices to breathe life back into your home this year? Then, the Your Intentional Family Homeschool Planning Guide is the tool you need.
This isn’t just another homeschool resource. It’s a way of life.