I recently went to a homeschool conference and heard Linda Hobar speak, among others. She had such a great idea and I’ve already implemented it into our homeschooling. The “date-free” or “date-less” planner!
You basically make all the lesson plans you want for your homeschooling (whether you do this by quarters or whatever). But don’t put it on calendar pages, don’t put it in a date-d planner, don’t write dates anywhere on each day’s plan!! Don’t date anything!
Now you have built-in flexibility!
If you miss a day of “school,” you just go to the first unfinished lesson plan and do it. You don’t have to feel guilty for being two weeks behind. You don’t have to feel like every Monday thru Friday HAS to be “school.”
Freedom!! I love it!
I’m already a pretty relaxed scheduler when it comes to our “lesson plans.” Linda stated that since public schools have to do 180 days of school, you could simply write out 180 days worth of lesson plans and know that as long as you get them done in a 365 day period, you are right on track.
We do accelerated homeschool so I don’t follow that 180-day rule, but for those of you that do, why not try the “date-less” planner idea to give you a little more flexibility?!
Here are my sons “date-less” plans for next week (I print off a new sheet each week, because they change what they’re doing that often!) Note, there are no dates mentioned, not even what day of the week they “should” be done! (Caden is 4 years, 3 months. Alex is 6 years, 10 months).
You can eventually add dates to your planner… once that day has been completed you can write the day you completed it! 🙂
A few of my other notes from other sessions at the homeschool conference…
You never look back and say “We never finished that math program.” Does your child know how to love others? How to pick a great spouse? Remember what’s most important in your child’s life as a whole.
Don’t reprimand them over academics, not “getting” math is not their fault.
Just sitting with your child while they are working will settle their brain.
When they resist, sometimes you just need to step sideways (in math, for example) and enrich them before moving forward. Don’t bombard them with too much of the things they’re resisting (math, for example). This discourages them. Sidestep it until you have them on-board again.
A child may have a fear of success… they know that if they do well mom will only give them even more work/ higher expectations.
For gifted children, or pretty children for that matter, compliment their character only, not the gift (makes the child prideful).