If you want to ensure that your home and homeschool run seamlessly we get organized. There are plans and lists and schedules for our personal life, extra curricular activities, doctor’s appointments and then there’s the schedules and lesson plans for our homeschool, book lists, and schedules that we have to maintain as well.
To ensure that everything is running smoothly you likely have a daily and weekly to do list, a grocery list, a menu plan, the list and to do tasks can become overwhelming. I sometimes feel like I can’t measure up to those with their colorful planners and neat menu plans with their $100 grocery list that they stick to as they shop.
I make plans just like everybody else, and I take a long time looking it over making sure it’s doable and ensuring that it works for our family as well.
When it comes to homeschool planning, I research curricula like no tomorrow. I have an Excel sheet with prices from my favorite vendors and then I see if I can buy it used factoring the cost of shipping as well. I have things down to a science.
I also take my time to ensure that each of my children’s day is planned out perfectly ensuring that I’ve alternated writing intensive subjects with those that are not.
Everything is planned out perfectly…at least it is in my head.
Can you through your plans out the window?
Can you take a breather and break out something new? Can you throw away the money you’ve spent on your brand new shiny curriculum and change your curriculum to suit your child? Can you you throw out that brand spanking new plan that you’ve spent the summer working on?
Can you put your child’s needs above your grand plans?
You really need to decide what is working for your child and what isn’t. Sometimes it’s not the curriculum but how the material is represented. Maybe they need to take in the lessons in another way. They can’t listen to you read aloud but would love to read it themselves or an audiobook while they are coloring.
If you can’t tweak your curriculum, than you may have to sell it to make room for something new. It’s a fact that no matter how much research, thought and planning that goes into your perfect homeschool lesson plans, they may not be perfect.
Just throw it away, take out a unit study or lapbook and ask them what they’d like to study. You may be surprised with their decision.
There’s no use forcing something unto your child, if it doesn’t work, you got to change things up.