Our first day as a legally homeschooling family is right around the corner! Is this real life? I am so excited but I am also in mommy meltdown mode over my baby not being a baby. It just does not seem like we should be here already.

Roadschooling Win!
Seriously, how was this over a year ago? Just, no.

A lot of people ask what curriculum or methods we have used or are planning to use. As we reach new milestones and years, I will share the items we find that help us the most along with our beginning of the year (or maybe semester) plan. Most homeschoolers know that this initial plan will evolve and change as the year goes on and we will probably be no different. I have found that our family works best when we do unit studies so most things will be broken down into these. For now, it will involve a lot of children’s books, crafts, songs, field trips, and activities. I have chosen to set our school year up as starting July 1st every year and we will end it with the mandatory school testing once they each hit those age groups. Our 2015-2016 school year is set to end the second week of May but that may change depending on our math lessons.

An important aspect of homeschooling is getting yourself organized. For this, I spent weeks researching planners, and have chosen the Family Homeschool Planner from Well Planned Day created by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher. I honestly am completely in love with this thing. It seems intimidating at first to cart around such a bulky book but it will be so worth it!

  

“The planner offers helpful home management sections such as an address book, a greeting card registry for birthdays and anniversaries, a one-year Bible reading plan, tear-out shopping lists, weekly priorities, dinner planning, and a special holiday gift organization section…plus so much more!” -Hedua Website

Along with getting yourself organized, you must consider where your children will be completing their work and also what kind of student you have. I am looking at collapsible lap desks but have not yet found ones that meet my standards. Until then we will be using the floor and our booths as work space. Our oldest is more the sit down, talk, and focus type while our middle is more into running, screaming, and destroying. I see us meeting somewhere in the middle when we can or setting up completely different days when we need to. This will be challenging but we’ll figure it out along the way and I will definitely pass our knowledge/experiences on to you!

Now that you’re thinking about how to organize your homeschooling lives and what kind of students you have, you must ask: “What do I want to teach?” Whoa. Talk about a loaded question! There are so many things out there to teach our children about! There are the basics such as English, Math, History, but which history lessons? Which learning styles? Will you do a foreign language? If so, when will you start it? What holidays do we even want to celebrate?! I know. I know. I get that sudden panic mode when you realize all of the decisions that must be made (this is your kids’ future after all). I’m here to help though by sharing how I got all of ours lined out! Be on the lookout for our next post which will include how I decided what we are starting out with and tips for getting you to the same place.

{Wondering how we ended up making the decision to homeschool? Read about that here.}

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