can be is tedious and draining. We want to create this ideal (and often unattainable) “Pinterest” homeschool year. If that wasn’t torture enough, there are those who do their Homeschool Planning When Traveling. This category of crazy is what I fall in to. It’s not like I want to plan and execute our schooling on the go, it just happens that way due to my husband’s career.
STRUCTURE IS EVERYTHING!
I say that structure is everything but it doesn’t come easy all the time. If we are traveling, stuck in the car or camper, we try our best. It is easier to have structure when we are at home with our down time. We usually work for 2-3 months then take 1-2 months of “travel” time. This doesn’t mean we are gone the entire time. We will travel throughout that time and not all of it is during our “school year”. I also limit the amount of travel when the co-op is in session because it isn’t fair to the other kids and parents who rely on my attendance and the bee’s attendance.
ROUTINE IS EVERYTHING BUT ROUTINE!
Having a routine is fantastic…in my head. I love planners, paper, pens, sticky-notes, and all things cute. I love writing everything down whether it is on a notepad, composition notebook, or in a fancy planner. It’s an addiction for sure. I recently started using a planner from Michael’s Craft Store for my travel, personal, and co-op teaching information. For the bees, I downloaded a new planner that I wanted to try for this first quarter. Check it out and see if it is for you. It’s currently on sale so take advantage as soon as possible. I plan on using the planner to create subject times. Marty has been trying to get me to do this for a while now. He likes to help teach the bees when he can. If he makes the schedule for the week, it is very structured and solid.
SCHEDULES ARE CONSTANTLY FAILING!
My schedules constantly fail. That isn’t hard to believe. I am more of a laid back homeschool mom. Marty is more rigorous when it comes to schedules. He found that if he put a school schedule up for the kids to see, they would work hard to complete their assignments in a timely manner. I don’t do that and I am paying for it when 4 p.m. rolls around and we aren’t done for the day yet. This year, I plan on having a timed schedule for the bees and see how it works. I am hoping that between the new planner and finally using Marty’s schedule we will have a successful first quarter in middle school and 1st grade.
TRAVELING AND PLANNING!
I am currently on the road. It’s our “Holiday Road…Trip”. We name our trips and this one comes from the Lindsey Buckingham hit for National Lampoon’s Vacation. I haven’t had much luck with internet access but I have been writing down notes on paper when I am not driving. We will start school soon and I look forward to it. August is a very busy month for us and I probably should begin after Labor Day. I just can’t wait though, I have a Middle-Schooler. So if you are like me, don’t stress. Homeschooling is made for days that are jam packed, laid back, on schedule, off routine, and all that is in between. Enjoy the time you have and just go with it. And know that I am over here messing everything up so you aren’t alone!
READ OTHER POSTS ON HOMESCHOOL SCHEDULES AND ROUTINES!
7 Reasons Why Your Homeschool Schedule Doesn’t Work– Monique at Living Life and Learning
The Ultimate List of Free Quality Homeschool Planners– Schooling a Monkey
When Your Home school Plan Collapses-KT Brison at Lit Mama Homeschool
Homeschooling Bullet Journal– Stephanie Rose at Little Blog in the Country
Homeschool Planning When You Have To Work– Amy Lanham / Life as Lanhams
When the school bus looks tempting: making peace with your busy schedule – Ginny Kochis/Not So Formulaic
Our Homeschool Schedule & Rotations – Faith Filled Parenting
Homeschool Planning 101: First, Answer 2 Qs – Diane Lockman (The Classical Scholar)
What does your homeschool schedule look like? – Betsy at Family Style Schooling
Our 2016-17 Homeschooling Schedule & Curriculum – Jenny at Faith and Good Works
Creating a Homeschool & Work at Home Schedule That Works – Jody Smith/Simply Southern Sunshine
Finding Perfect Homeschool Planner for YOU – Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker
Homeschool Planning When Traveling – Stacy at Three Busy Bees
How We Balance Homeschooling and Working At The Same Time– Tatiana at The Musings of Mum