Step 5 focus on the activity of planning your next immediate year for either one child or all of them.
A schedule is the very simple handy tool of knowing what to do, when.
There are so many planners available that you can pick and choose the one you like most.
Remember however, that a schedule must work for you and not against you.
And of course the most important action in this step is the actual execution, the DOING of the plan!
Do not try and schedule for more than a year.
A schedule lays out who will do what, when.
This will help you and your children to have a better idea of what is expected of them.
It may include chores, lessons, and extramural activities, but for the purpose of this page we will focus on scheduling of their ‘schoolwork’. Meaning, the curriculum you sourced in step 4.
In books about homeschooling you will find samples of planners of a wide variety – from planning your year, to dayplanners to meal planners etc.
You will also find that different people use different planners, and not every planner may work for you!
But take heart – you can learn from anyone.
How to Decide on Some Planning Principles to Follow
Ask yourself the following questions, and remember that it doesn't have to be the same as public school:
Just to illustrate another way of doing things:
In our home I follow 2 main principles.
These routines have helped me and the children focus, and I have been doing this for nearly a decade now.
The scheduling activity is the practical figuring-out of how many pages of each book/curriculum must be completed each quarter/week/day in order for your child to finish the book/curriculum in a year.
Sometimes it is pages you plan, with another curriculum it might be Lessons you plan. For example, if there are 30 Lessons in total to complete in a year, you know that you must finish 1 Lesson per week.
The more difficult things to schedule are the projects and interest related research projects which do not neatly fit into a time frame and often do not have a set of books or preplanned set of material.
Scheduling is something I have seen many parents NOT do.
I believe this might be one of the reasons why people get frustrated if they do not complete the workload that they have envisioned.
If it becomes a habit of ‘taking a day off’ here and there, you might easily find yourself in a situation where you have much more work left to do than you would have wanted, and you may experience unnecessary stress and worry.
For an example of what we have done Go to Step 5 Plan and do personal
For more information on the phases click on the relevant link: