Time to get your game face on and get planning!
I actually don’t have everything planned out for my school year yet, whereas in the past I was usually done by this point! We have had a lot going on in my family, but now I am ready to start! Are you ready to start as well? I know many mothers who have all their resources lined up right now, whether that is through the library, through curricula they bought, by looking at the curriculum charts – but now really need to start detailed planning.
Planning can really save your behind during the school year, if you forgive my bluntness. It is truly important – even if your plans get off track or you even don’t follow some of your plans during the school year – there really is security in working through the material over the summer and preparing.
The first thing to do, after gathering your resources, (or gathering your ideas about where you are going to find your resources), is to a time each week when you can sit down for two or more hours so you can focus without the children running around and just think and PLAN. EVERY WEEK. Slow and steady wins the race, so talk to your spouse, partner, babysitter and place this sacred time in your calendar.
The next place, where I always start, is with the BIG PICTURE. There are several themes this can take: Continue reading