Homeschooling Planning – Mid-Summer Mark

Here in the Deep South, many homeschooling families are starting around the end of August. If you think about it, that doesn’t leave too many weeks left s left to plan and do things.  In my personal planning for homeschooling a third grader and a kindergartner, I am up to the middle of February.  We typically end the first week in June, so as you can see I have much more to do.

How are you coming with your planning?  I would love to hear from you and know what is challenging you, what is wonderful, what you have left to do.

How is your house coming?  Your school room space? I have a few areas of my house left to go through and de-clutter.  I am also ordering blackboards and a new home school cabinet that I hope will work better for our needs. 

I would love to hear from you, and where you are!

Many blessings,

Carrie

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11 thoughts on “Homeschooling Planning – Mid-Summer Mark

  1. Carrie, we just have a 2.5 year old so I’m not school planning, just life planning and thinking in terms of how my son and I will explore nature and the senses as the seasons change. That and how we’ll spend our time indoors when it gets very cold and wet. I recently got a stick-on blackboard for our wall and we’ve done family chalk art after dinner. It’s a big hit here. Family art is nice way for us to bond in the evening and it helps my little one calm down his body before going to sleep. I imagine this will be very useful once the fall and winter are here and we’ll be indoors a bit more. Chalk and also window crayons: I hope to have all of our windows and mirrors full of beautiful color once the fall foliage withers away and all we see is white and white. I’m also planning a couple nice things for myself so that I can work towards my dream bit by bit. Like an art class at night this fall. I’m so excited!

    • Elizabeth,
      How wonderful to be working towards your dream – I really am feeling excited for you! You must be so proud, I can hear it in your writing!
      Your plans sound wonderful, and I do hope you will share some pictures of your creations!
      Many blessings,
      Carrie

  2. Aaahhh, this post made me have a slight panic attack :-) I am feeling VERY overwhelmed at the thought of planning for a kindergartener, a first grader and my third grader (while having a one year old as well). I can’t quite seem to grasp the extent I need to plan beyond what stories I am going to be using and the general rhythm of the week for us. I have purchased Christopherus Third Grade complete curriculum, but am doing my own first and kindy. So much left to do!

    • Tanya,
      I feel your pain! I guess the main thing is rhythm, getting your first and third grader to do similar blocks at the same time (ie, everyone in a math block, or everyone in a language arts block) so you are not switching gears so much, and to keep things as simple and short as possible. Third Grade is such a hands-on year, that I think there is a lot you can do with the whole family and maybe even take some of your first grader’s things off of it (ie, could you do a Math Qualities of Numbers blocks based around either Old Testament or Farming in some way to tie in with Third Grade?, etc) ..
      Keep me posted as to how you are doing…
      Many blessings,
      Carrie

  3. Hi Carrie,

    I have an almost 4.5 year old and an almost 2 year old. Should I be doing any special planning besides organizing/decluttering and working on handwork skills (my own), learning songs, working on storytelling and enjoying the summer?

    My 4 year old looks older, and is always asked questions like “what school do you go to?” or “Are you starting Kindergarten?” and it bothers me so much when people do this, that the only response I can muster is to try to smile and say, “She’s only 4″ Any tips on how to handle that?

    Thank you!

    • Hi there Jane! I think you are handling things just fine! I think just feeling very confident about things, and being able to smile and say things along the lines of “Yes, we are learning every day!” I know many people assume a four year old is in PreK or something, so even perhaps “Yes, she will start Kindergarten next year”. If these are not close friends, I don’ t think you owe too much of a detailed explanation. :)
      Cheery, breezy confidence!
      Many blessings,
      Carrie

  4. We’re way up in the Great White North. While I’ve got the basics planned, we probably won’t start until mid to late September. Our summers are so short, that I think I’d like my son to have all the time he wants to enjoy the warm weather and 3x week pool time. We’re a go-with-the-Nature-flow kind of family anyway. :)

  5. I just made some big changes with rooms in our house and created a homeschool room. I still need to go to IKEA and buy some bookshelves, a table, and a few other things. It’s exciting! I also want to work on decluttering a lot more. As far as homeschool planning, I’ve gotten the framework for the year done, but the detailed planning isn’t done yet. I have much to do in that regard.

    I would like to get another blackboard to have more room to color/draw/write. Where are you getting yours?

    Sarah

    • Hi Sarah – I don’t know yet; I know I want a good quality steel-backed one (actually I need three), so price will be a big factor for me! Please do share if you find good deals!
      Many blessings,
      Carrie :)

  6. I am gearing up for a beginning of September start with a 9 year old, 7 year old and 4 year old and we have a 10 week old baby as well. It’s going to be a challenging year and will take lots of patience, flexibility and balancing. I have been planning for about 2 months now and just placed my book orders for some Old Testament stories, Housebuilding/Farming/Gardening, form drawing and a few resources for me as well. We are incorporating the Waldorf lifestyle into our homeschool for the first time this year as we mainly use Charlotte Mason’s ideas/philosophies for our schooling.
    In maintenance mode as far as de-cluttering my home as I have worked hard for many years to create a simple space.
    Trying to figure out foreign language and music at this point!

  7. I have a 4.5 yo son so we’ll be doing K, and really focusing on improving/folllowing through on rhythms and things to prepare for future years. I’ve been looking for a blackboard situation as well and settled on a smaller easel style, but the height is appropriate for him more than me :)

    Any large blackboards I’ve found have been VERY expensive (at least by my standards) so I tried something suggested by a friend and that was to paint one on the wall. I’m kinda paranoid about vocs and toxics in the home and all of the premixed chalkboard paints I’ve found were pretty nasty. The solution I found was this, and it really works!: mix 1 qt no/low voc paint (I chose black, but any color works) with *unsanded* tile grout. I used 3 coats and it’s been great for us. I guess the test is to see how it holds up.

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