As a child I always looked forward to a new school year. New teacher, new classroom, fresh start and seeing my friends again after the summer was so exciting to me. Now that I am a homeschool mom, the excitement is not lost. I still love starting a new year. New books, new supplies (I’m slightly addicted to school and office supplies) and a fresh start. Surviving the Back to School Chaos can be tricky though.
My children start out excited and ready to jump in with both feet, but that excitement soon wains and then we’re back to the whining and complaining about this subject or that and this pencil color over that one. With four children, it’s a constant battle to keep my sanity as I try to keep up with their preferred methods of learning.
With the little ones, we’re still struggling to figure out their learning styles, so with that comes many tears and lots of frustration until we get it right. But, we work on it and change things until it is just the right fit. That’s the beauty of Homeschool!
I go into the new year with my curriculum choices in place and a plan. It’s taken me several years to figure out what planning method works best for me. I used to plan an entire semester at once, which was awesome as far as I didn’t have to do it weekly or even monthly. However, I quickly realized we didn’t always stay on task and often needed more time to finish an assignment if Mister Bull showed more interest in it.
So this year, we have gone to a more Delight Directed or Child-led Learning structure, which requires me only to plan subjects we want to learn about, but not a time frame. Sometimes we complete them in a week and sometimes we take several weeks to a month. It just depends. I want my children to love learning and that was suffering because of my OCD Planning.
So how can YOU avoid the Back-to-School Planning Chaos? What about if you’re not a planner by nature? No worries! I have a found a FABULOUS tool that is perfect for YOU!!! The Back to School Survival Manual by Alecia Michelle.
- If you’re struggling with your current format – this book has tips and tricks that can help.
- If you’re not sure where to start – this book has the answers
- If you need some organization – this book has steps to take and printables to help!
What I love about this book is that Alecia takes you step-by-step through the processes necessary for a smooth, easy start to the year and then offers printables and practical activities to help you get there!! It’s simply WONDERFUL!!
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