Every homeschooler under the sun began researching and planning the upcoming school year as soon as summer started.
Who can blame them? We find curriculum and all the endless enrichment possibilities exciting. We read articles, survey friends, go to conventions, head to social media and forums and videos and – let’s just say it’s a little overwhelming. But it’s always more exciting than say, normal things that make normal people excited.
But it took me three years to realize homeschool planning doesn’t have to take up my entire summer.
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And considering summer is already halfway gone, I’d still much rather spend my time adventuring outdoors as a family and spending time launching Broken to Brave – something I’m almost too ridiculously passionate about.
So, the other day I scrolled through Instagram and realized every homeschooler in the world was planning but me (I think I saw fifty images of “Best Day Ever” coffee mugs, planners and books strewn about), and I finally felt the nudge was significant enough to finally do something.
So, I spent the next hour “planning” our next year by:
Purchasing a few Simply Charlotte Mason books online
Picked up the Story of the World books from a local store
Ordered some extra writing and math activities
Glancing at our co-op/activity schedule and decided to NOT schedule anything else
And then I moved on with my day.
The past version of myself was aching for me to return – the one who prefers long to-do lists (read why I abolished those joy-suckers here), and perusing websites for hours and hours of research.
But the other half of me – the one who prefers faith over fear, the one who prefers open schedules, calming music and spontaneous adventures over busyness and stress, and the one who prefers good books and hikes over hours of memorization and drilling tasks – felt pretty darn free.
I’m definitely not saying planning is a bad thing. We homeschoolers must have map to chart our course. But we live by a family mission statement, prioritize relationships, interest-led learning, good literature and trust God with everything.
And thus, planning becomes easy.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1
Sometimes we can plan and plan and continue to plan until our eyes fall out. But after our family’s life altered dramatically last year, throwing off my meticulous daily plans, I realized the more time I spend planning the coming school year, the less time I have to actually live in the summer right now.
Are you the same way or the completely opposite? Somewhere in-between? I’d love to hear how someone else dropped the planner and ran for freedom too.