Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Importance of Planning

**For those of you joining me from the A to Z challenge, welcome! I'm homeschooling through the alphabet.**

Back when I decided to do the April A to Z challenge, I asked for suggestions on my Facebook page. One of the suggestions was planning.

P is for Planning

One of the keys to successful homeschooling is good planning.

The first thing I have to plan each year is what curriculum I'm going to use. I map out what subjects I need/want to cover for each of the small people, and then I research which curriculum would be the best for each subject.

Once I've decided on a curriculum and purchased it, I spend my summer planning out how I will teach it for the year. I use Homeschool Tracker Plus software. I input each lesson so that during the year, it just takes a few clicks to schedule them for the week. Even though this is a huge undertaking and quite time consuming, it is definitely worth it throughout the year. I can easily do my weekly plans in just a matter of minutes.

I know there are homeschool mamas who can get up each morning, pull out the books, and just teach from the seat of their pants, but I am not one of them. I'm willing to put in the hours of planning so that my days run smoothly.

Even if you aren't a homeschooler, do you plan out your day or do you fly by the seat of your pants?
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