Every year I look forward with anticipation to planning out our homeschool year. I love to plan. I almost love planning our year more than actually executing the plans themselves. Really, who wouldn’t? Plans are neat, tidy, and perfectly thought out. Then comes the execution; which involves REAL children with REAL emotions and REAL reactions, and those real children and their reactions almost never line up with the imaginary ones you planned on.
In previous years I’ve found that many of my well intentioned plans fell flat on their perfectly thought out faces. I would plan out our whole year only to find it not working and change course a third of the way through. Other times our interests have taken us in other directions. Or I find out about an interesting unit study I think my kids would love, so I decide to dump my original plans. In order to prevent myself from getting carried away and over-planning our year I’ve decided to make some changes in how I plan. Here’s what planning looks like for me this year.