Not too long ago, I was preaching to you about how you needed to plan out your entire year and get those lesson plans finished. I worked for what felt like weeks preparing a set of lesson plans for three out of four children. Each day was very detailed. There was no question left in my mind. I knew exactly what I was doing and when.
Then, we started school a few weeks before everyone else. That is helpful for two reasons: 1) Bill goes back to work and the kids need
someone to entertain them something to do. 2) I need to have a head start on you guys!
Not long into our school year, we started getting invitations to meetings, playdates, time away with PennyMom and I kept saying, “I’m sorry. We have homeschool.” I was not deviating from my plan because I was fearful of having to get caught up and then having to rewrite a year’s worth of lessons. Not a fun idea.
But, then, it struck me.
How much life are my children missing because I am strictly abiding by these lesson plans?
You see, when planning a year in advance, if you make one little change or skip one subject or (God forbid) miss one day of school, there is a chain reaction throughout the rest of your school year. But, when planning out that far, you have no way of knowing what is going to happen in the months ahead. Which child will be sick. Who will have a meltdown and need to postpone their lessons for a day. Which field trip will need to be rescheduled. (Or, in our case, when the field trips will be scheduled by our homeschool cover.)
Now, I did not give up on planning completely. I do believe it is important to know in which direction you are going before you move. So now, I plan a few weeks at a time and know what I want to have done by the end of our school year. The difference is unbelievable.
If we want to have a playdate, we can.
If we want to skip school and just play outside because the weather is perfect, we will.
If a visit to a friend’s house or a field trip opportunity pops up unexpectedly, we go.
Instead of having to rearrange a year’s worth of lesson plans, I make a few changes for a couple of weeks. There is no longer this ripple effect that causes my knees to buckle and my year to get all screwy. It really does work better for us.
How about you? How far ahead do you write day-by-day lesson plans?
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