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Don’t go it alone with homeschool planning

You bought Plan Your Year but you just aren’t making the progress you wanted? You love the book, but you really wish someone would coach you through the planning process.

If you have ever wanted a friend to bounce ideas off of or someone to lend an ear while you brainstormed your science plans for next year, you have come to the right place. Plan Your Year mentors and mamas unite in our private community aptly named The Planning Group to share procedure lists, swap ideas, and provide support.

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Plotting curriculum through the year, staying on track/knowing where to start back up when we did get off has been difficult for us.

I was skeptical. Rarely does someone else’s “system” work for me but Plan Your Year is so adaptable to your specific situation. I can’t wait to start planning for next year!

I’m not great at follow through. The way Plan Your Year is constructed each step truly does pull you through to the next one. It’s not just an endless list of to-dos for you to trudge through!

This year has been hard on our family and our homeschool… knowing I’d set up my plan ahead of time made it so much easier to get back into the swing of things when we could!

I have MUCH more confidence going into next year! I’m a second-generation homeschooler, this was year 6 for us, but I’ve never thought I had a great handle on the ins and outs of schooling my kids, it was always a lot of flying by the seat of my pants! I literally can’t wait to get my plans in place and see what next year throws at us!

Emily Ligon

Module #1

Create a homeschool vision

In this module, you will create a statement of intent for your homeschool. Here we aren’t looking at what we want our kids to be in 20 years (as if we had control over that) but instead what we want our homeschools to feel like in the day-to-day. By creating a vision of our days, we can direct our choices and actions in this course and in our homeschools.

In this module you will:

  • Discover the number one mistake people make with writing a vision and why it will doom your vision statement to an unused portion of your teacher notebook.
  • Learn the single biggest influencer of your homeschool and why you have complete control over it. (Hint: look in the mirror)
    Learn how to stop piling on and saying “yes” to things that don’t fit your family.
  • Get confident about what matters most to you (and eliminate second-guessing from your homeschool mom vocabulary).

Module #2

Write goals for your kids

While our vision is the 10,000 ft view of our homeschool, module 2 gets specific about meeting the needs of each child by crafting goals for their school year. You will learn how to use these goals to easily tailor a plan to meet their educational and developmental needs.

In this module you will:

  • Create a custom plan for your child that will honor their strengths and interests.
  • Uncover the secret that will reduce or eliminate wasted money on curriculum hopping.
  • Discover the skills to writing effective goals that help instead of hinder your homeschool progress.
  • Learn why pushing to finish first-grade book in first grade is a mistake that can sabotage your child’s education.

Module #3

Choosing curriculum and resources

After our vision and goals are in place, it’s time for the sometimes daunting, sometimes fun process of choosing curriculum and resources for our school year. This module breaks down the how to do that with confidence.

In this module you will:

  • See examples of how your vision translates directly into what goes onto your course of study.
  • Break down the factors that influence your choices and why each one matters (or doesn’t).
  • Learn the difference between the two types of school subjects and why that knowledge is vital to your sanity as a homeschooling mom.
  • Discover the four key questions you need to ask about every resource before pushing the “buy” button.

Module #4

Choosing an annual schedule

Now that our curriculum is on the way, we get to dive into how we are going to use it. The first stop is to plan out which days of the year we are going to do school. This module is all about embracing our options as homeschoolers.

In this module you will:

  • Learn about three different kinds of school schedules and why the one you grew up using might not be the best for your family.
  • Discover how the patterns of your school year can make or break your homeschooling success.
  • Learn my secret sauce for staying on-track with your required number of school days while embracing the flexibility of homeschooling.
  • See video examples of multiple schedule-types and patterns — so you can learn how to create your own with no stress.

Module #5

Create a weekly and daily schedule

Flexibility is the keyword as we set up systems that will allow us to thrive within structure. In module five we will set aside time that honors our school day and create a daily rhythm that fosters peace in our homes.

In this module you will:

  • Learn how to detect schedule overwhelm before it hits and strategize to reduce it before you even get your school year started.
  • Discover three different styles of scheduling and which one (or combination of more than one — say what?!!) fits your family the best.
  • See examples of each schedule type to inspire your own choices.
  • Learn my favorite method that insures I am never “behind” in my school year — no matter what life throws my way.

Module #6

The Procedure List

Next, Module 6 introduces the first of two different kinds of lists that we will use to create the ultimate in auto-pilot for our school days. The procedure list is the key to creating a plan that eliminates decision fatigue and gets done – even if the toddler is designing the walls with sharpie or stuffing the drains with legos – again.

In this module you will:

  • Discover how the procedure list can “save your bacon” and help school get done even when days are hectic.
  • Learn about the three situations where a procedure list is the answer to your homeschooling problems.
  • See the procedure list in action with samples and a step-by-step break down of how to easily create your own.

Module #7

The Lesson Plan List

This module is the second of our two kinds of lists vital to auto-pilot success for our homeschools. The lesson plan list is your non-threatening friend who waits patiently when your regularly scheduled school day goes awry.

In this module you will:

  • Learn the true requirements behind teacher lesson plans and why you don’t need to make them as a homeschool mom.
  • See how to combine the procedure list with the easy lesson plan list to create a flexible outline for each subject on your course of study.
  • Dig deeper with the detailed lesson plan list — for those subjects that need a little more variety.
  • Discover what you should NEVER put on your lesson plan list in order to keep your plans flexible and accessible.

Module #8

Let’s get organized

Now that our plan is complete it is time to figure out exactly how we are going to put this plan into action. The first step of the process is to organize our materials.

In this module you will:

  • Discover Pam’s three favorite organizational tools for putting your homeschool year on autopilot (Pssst they aren’t going to trap you into a non-flexible system.)
  • Learn how to create assignments on the fly based on your kids’ actual progress without feeling ahead or behind your plan.
  • Communicate effectively with your kids and win buy-in because they know exactly what is expected of them every day — this makes your homeschool life run much more smoothly. And it works!
  • Get tips on staying on top of paper grading and the finished work spilling from binders and drawers.

Module #9

Visualization and Implementation

Beta testers called this module “worthwhile” and “helpful.”  Now that we have our plan written and our space organized we are ready to put it to the test and see how it might run. And to do that we are going to try something a little bit different…

In this module you will:

  • Discover how a technique used by elite athletes to win medals can help a homeschool mom have a better homeschool plan.
  • Learn how to embrace natural rhythms and how to avoid the number one mistake homeschool moms make when implementing their annual schedules.
  • Find tips for juggling multiple kids in your school day — including how changing your thinking about one homeschool no-no can create calm in your day.

Module #10

Periodic Review and Maintenance

Auto-pilot must have regular maintenance in order to continue to function. That is where this final module comes in. Here we will discuss when and how to make sure our plan continues to work.

In this module you will:

  • Learn the one thing you do need to put on your calendar (finally!) to make sure your plan will continue to work.
  • Find a handy checklist that will walk you through how to evaluate if your plan is working.
  • Discover the one thing you should never do until a review day — it will save you a ton of lost time and money.
  • Get a handy reminder of one tool homeschool moms always forget (even me!) that can make your life easier in the long run.

The Finisher’s Club Support

New for 2020

Now we are going even further to make sure you get the support you need to get your plan in place. And it is ALL included in the price of the package.

The Finisher’s Club includes:

  • Seven LIVE co-working/Q&A sessions with Pam and her mentors. State your goals, get things done, and get immediate answers to your questions and feedback on your plan. You are not doing this alone. See the FAQ below for dates and times.
  • Two bonus webinars on planning high school and pulling the pieces of your plan together for the first day of school. These two sessions will have you confident that all the pieces you need are in place.
  • Two new pacing guides that help you stay on track. Choose to finish your plan in days or weeks. We provide you with the schedule to follow and warnings about where you might stall and how to get past the humps.

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You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers

What happens after I check out?

You will be redirected to the Thank-You page where you can immediately access your course. You will also receive an email with a link to the course main page and a forum invitation link. You might want to bookmark those. If you have not received an email after 15 minutes, and it is not in your spam folder, email [email protected] for assistance. 

What method of homeschooling does Plan Your Year work with?
The Plan Your Year method of planning works with any homeschool method. The planning steps are not method-specific and the steps are vital to success with any kind of homeschooling.
Do I need to buy updates each year?

No! As a purchaser you have lifetime access to the course and forms including any updates to the course. We update the date-sensitive calendars every year by April for the following school year. You can log in to your account and download updates again and again.

When are the co-working/Q&A sessions?

Saturday, May 16, 11:00AM-1:00PM

Saturday, June 6, 11:00AM-1:00PM

Monday, June 15 7:30PM-9:00PM

Saturday, July 11, 11:00AM-1:00PM

Tuesday, July 21, 7:30PM-9:00PM

Saturday, August 8, 11:00AM-1:00PM

Thursday, August 20, 7:30PM-9:00PM

You will get an email with these dates and a calendar will be posted on the main course page. All times CDT.

What is a co-working/Q&A session?
The sessions are designed to provide three things. First, it is a c0-working time. You come to the session; at the beginning you “declare” your goal for that session. It might be something like, “Today I will complete my homeschool vision.” During the session, you work on that and try to be focused and done with it by the end of the session when you report back on your progress. In addition, we will be on hand to answer any questions that come up and/or give feedback on parts of your plan. It is like homeschool planning coaching just for you!
What do you mean by editable forms?
The forms are all Adobe Acrobat files. You can print the forms and write on them by hand or you can type into the forms and print out your type-written copies. Typed copies can also be saved to your computer for future edits or saved into Evernote. Many parts of the form are editable, but if you have an idea for a change to a form or a version that would better suit your needs, you can reach out to me at [email protected], and I will try to add that form to the product.
Is the course written from a Christian viewpoint or contain Christian content?
While I am Christian, there is no specifically Christian content in the planning course.
Have more questions?
If you have another question that has not been answered here, email me at [email protected] I will be happy to help you out.

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