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Planning Our 13/14 School Year

It’s that time of year again. The time of year that I am in full planning mode for our upcoming school year. I have to admit I am way behind on the ballgame this year. Our house is in full baby planning mode and with being so sick the last few months, school planning became a distant thought. It has taken 19 weeks to feel semi-normal again, but I am just about there. Praise God!

I am doing some more switching around this year. This seems to be a theme for me. After evaluating where my kiddos are this year, I feel it is best to go back to some more “traditional school” curriculum in a couple of subjects. I just see some gaps that need to be filled.

I am hoping to start school a bit earlier than normal this year. With the baby coming the first of December it would be nice to take the entire month off. Especially with the holidays….bringing a new baby home in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, I think we could all use a nice break the month of December.

Granted, to start school early would mean that I need to actually get my curriculum ordered. Not to mention that in order to order the curriculum, I actually need to finalize what we are using. See I told you…I am way behind this year.

I find the planning process to be one of my favorite parts of homeschooling. I am a curriculum junkie, and love flipping through new books and catalogs. However, I know the process can also be very stressful for some. Don’t stress! Pray and ask the Lord for guidance, and he will help you iron out all those little details.

New School Year

Another tip is to remember the best curriculum doesn’t always have the highest price tag. Great things can be found in inexpensive packaging. As a mom homeschooling 4 kiddos right now, I understand that budget plays a big part in what we choose. Sometimes we may want that super expensive science set that we found. The great part about homeschooling is there are a ton of places where you can find gently used books for half the price.

As I am praying about our new school year, I would love to pray for your’s as well. What challenges are you facing as you plan this upcoming year? What curriculum choices are your favorite this year?

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Planning and Prayer

All morning I have been working on planning our school year out. I usually take a day or two before we start school just to map out a general idea of what we are doing for the year. Then about once a month, throughout the school year, I do a detailed lesson plan. This helps me to stay on top of things and know where we stand.

As I was filling in all of our dates and plans, I could hear the Holy Spirit say, “Have you asked me what MY plan is for your children’s school year?” I had prayed about our curriculum choices and went with what I felt led to do, but I had not stopped to pray before my planning session. It is so easy to forget that God cares about the tiniest of details. Not only does he care what curriculum choices we are making, but he also cares about our daily schedules. After all, he knows exactly how things are going to go that day and what challenges or victories we will encounter. So it makes perfect sense that we would want to be a part of your planning session.

So I stopped and had some prayer time and let me tell you, it works! My planning session went smoothly and without frustration. That is how it should be! I love this time of the year, I love getting new curriculum in the mail, and I love all the new supplies. I love looking at the goals for each child laid all out in front of me and imagining the future as they accomplish those goals.

Most homeschool moms will agree that seeing the look on your child’s face as they conquer a new task, is the most rewarding moment you can have. I am praying for each of you to have a blessed year and that it far exceeds you and your children’s expectations.

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