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I haven’t been writing much about our homeschooling journey here, for many reasons which I can’t share in detail right now. Let’s just say that the main reason is this — I simply didn’t feel like sharing about what our homeschooling days at the Kingdom-Seekers’ Academy look like now… mostly because I don’t think they’re that “inspiring” lately.
To be perfectly honest with you, I’ve been going through a kind of homeschool “funk” these days — and have been wondering (yet again!) if homeschooling is still part of God’s plan for our family. (Pray for us, please?)
The truth is, we have actually become more “unschoolish” lately with our homeschooling, and while part of me feels somewhat liberated about it, another part of me feels uncertain and worried about “educational gaps” and “getting left behind,” etcetera, etcetera. (Ah, the perpetual worries of a homeschooling mom, don’t you think?)
I am very grateful, though, for online communities like Catholic Relaxed Homeschoolers and iHomeschool Network, and, locally, DIY homeschoolers and unschoolers and ROCKERS Philippines (the Catholic homeschool support group which, ironically, I helped form) — I have been getting so much support, encouragement, inspiration, and prayers from the members there!
Homeschooling continues — with much needed help from a homeschool planner!
Are we still homeschooling then, you may ask? Yes! At least for the next year or so. Which is why, even if we haven’t finished our “formal” lessons for last school year (*gasp*), I have started preparing ever-so-slowly for the new school year, which will begin, hopefully, in late September or early October — much like last year, although we actually school year-round, come to think of it!
One of the things I have been trying to do is to get more organized and to be more purposeful in planning our lessons and activities. It is a work in progress, though, and I’m glad I was given the chance recently to use Homeschool Planet, an online homeschool planner from Homeschool Buyers Co-op — it’s been a useful tool for getting our plans and goals for the next school year in place.
Here’s a short video that shows you how Homeschool Planet works:
Now, let me tell you a little bit more about how it’s been helping me… more specifically, let me tell you…
…how an online homeschool planner can help disorganized homeschooling moms like me (and you, maybe? ):
1. It lets you plan ahead for however long you want.
Some moms are comfortable planning for a whole year, while others prefer to make plans for a month or even just a week — or maybe even just a day, ha, ha! (*raising my hand*) You can do whatever you want with your plan or calendar once you’ve logged in.
2. It allows for flexibility and structure.
Our homeschool is not the “school at home” or “school in a box” type, and, as I mentioned earlier, we tend to be more “unschoolish” these days, though we do try to have a rhythm or routine of sorts. It just works that way for our family, for now, especially since I work from home fulltime (though with flexible hours, thank You, God!).
The thing is, I used to obsess over the fact that I couldn’t stick to the daily lesson plans that came with our curriculum, and I’d end up feeling so discouraged because of it. (OK, I sometimes still do, actually.)
With Homeschool Planet though, schedules and assignments can be arranged and re-scheduled automatically, as needed, so I can just assign tasks to be completed for a specific day, and not for a specific time slot — which means less pressure on me (and my “students”)!
Of course, if you thrive on more structure and routine and on-the-dot, scheduled-by-the-hour tasks, you can still use the planner — whatever works for you! Ain’t that awesome?
3. It can become a “record-keeping” tool.
If you’re not good at keeping records (*raising my hand again here*), you can even use Homeschool Planet to keep track of completed assignments per subject after your kids have done them. (I used to try to do this using a pen and notebook but would always lose track!)
4. It gives you the freedom to choose.
You get to decide about what to do with previously planned assignments. So, for example, if instead of doing math or reading assignments for a day, you decide to just let the kids play with Legos all day (ahem!), you can choose whether to skip those assignments altogether, or add them to the next day (or the next week, etc.).
5. It can be printed and is also available on your phone or computer.
If you’re the type who needs to hold planning pages and calendars literally in your hands, you can print off whatever you need to from your Homeschool Planet calendar/planner. You can also access it on your phone or computer — and if your kids are old enough, they can also access the information using their own log-in details. (Perfect for encouraging independence, yes?)
Of course, the aforementioned are not the only benefits of using an online homeschool planner like Homeschool Planet! But don’t take my word for it — you can try it out for FREE for 30 days and see if it works for you.
After the 30-day trial period, the annual subscription is $65, or $6.95 a month. You can check out the Homeschool Buyers Co-op Homeschool Planet page regularly for any updates or special offers, or stay updated via their different social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.
If you do get to try Homeschool Planet, please feel free to let me know how it goes for you!
Now, it’s YOUR turn — if you haven’t started your new homeschool year yet, what are you doing to prepare for it? Would you consider using an online homeschool planner to help you get more organized? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!