This year I’m using Pam Barnhill’s book Plan Your Year and I have to say it is really, really helpful. I now have a vision of what I want our homeschooling year to look like and am trying to focus on what my daughter needs.
Being chronically ill presents a whole new set of challenges, but God has been very gracious in giving me the strength to homeschool. Part of what is super helpful is that my daughter is 13 so she can do school work on her own. I have to remind myself that if I’m not feeling well, it’s OKAY. I can have her work on things while I rest. We can use that time to watch a documentary or catch up on reading . I don’t want to be constrained to time – this is about her learning, not about squeezing a bunch of stuff into one day – getting out of the public school mentality.
I’m going to incorporate loop scheduling to our plan as well. I think it will help me tremendously in preparing for our school year. Some days I have no idea what I’m doing or where anything is. I’m trying to organize all that into place. We do our schooling in the kitchen and there is a bookshelf with all the supplies on it (ideally.) But last year most of it ended up scattered all over the table in giant hopeless piles. Too much time was wasted trying to find whatever it is we need. I’m going to loop science & history.
The bottom line
However, the biggest thing for me is to slow down. My daughter has different needs than an average 8th grader and who decided that kids should know xyz at a certain age anyway? I’ve been worrying about how much she actually knows and that she is below average in some subjects. Am I doing enough? Is she learning enough? Should I teach all the things? But I have to step back and go to our homeschool vision. Look at the big picture. The end product, so to speak. What I really want is for her to be a functioning healthy adult, and that could come far later than 18 or 21 – which is perfectly fine – we don’t have to fit whatever society decided about when children become adults. Her needs are top priority which is why we decided to homeschool in the first place.
If you’re interested in what we’re using this year check out my Curriculum post!
Side note: I am not being compensated in any way for Pam’s book, I purchased it myself and I just REALLY like it. 🙂