Recently I shared with you my goals for the remainder of Buddy’s preschool year. Today I’ll share with you the method I use for planning our elementary years. Then I’ll tell you who the winner is of The Fundamentals of Home-Schooling. Of course, you could skip ahead, but I’ll try to keep the anticipation going just a little longer.
This is my homeschool planning binder, or idea book. Whatever you want to call it, this is where I keep all my plans, hopes, ideas, wish lists, and resource information. I collect info from anything I find useful and tuck it in here for current or future use. Despite our laid-back approach to the early years, I would feel directionless without it.
If you are a new homeschooling mom, you should definitely start one of these to offer you encouragement and inspiration. Based on what I’ve come up with, here’s how to make one.
- Purchase a 1 or 2” three-ring binder. Personalize it however you wish, with a simple title or an artistic cover that expresses your family
- Purchase a set of dividers to make your binder easier to use, and label as you see fit – based on subjects, notes you have, whatever works
- As you read books on homeschooling, share ideas with others, attend classes, or find inspiration, jot down your ideas and store print-outs in your binder. It will fill up faster than you think!
- Every time you feel your days need a little more spark, or you are planning the next few weeks (or more!) of your school days, review your binder to find useful activities and resources to fit your needs
And now, for the winner of Ann Lahrson-Fisher’s book…
Congratulations and happy reading!
“Remember that it is not what children learn that is most important, but that the learning twins, the love of learning and the ability to learn, flourish within each child.” ~ Ann Lahrson-Fisher’s