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If you’re tired of feeling like you are winging it and are craving a workable plan, our Plan Your Year and Student Planner combo will show you how to set a vision, adapt curriculum to fit your needs, feel prepared and give you the confidence you need to get the job done well.

We give you everything you need to plan your homeschool:

  • The printed reference guide with over 140 pages of planning information addressing different homeschooling methods and styles — shipped FREE to your home (US only).
  • Ten video modules that cut the fluff with actionable steps to get your planning done quickly.
  • Finishers Club for 2020 with seven different LIVE accountability/Q&A sessions, pacing guides, and ongoing community support. You will finish this course and make a difference in your homeschool next year.
  • Lifetime updates of all planner forms and course materials. This is the last homeschool planner you will ever need. 

Important question for moms who are still struggling to plan for the upcoming homeschool year:

If there was a step-by-step method to create a customized, unique-to-your-family homeschool plan
without all the keeping up with co-op moms anxiety…

Would you finally feel confident enough to put the overwhelm aside and plan your year (for real this time)?

Here’s why the “plowing through” approach is costing you big time

You want something different than the traditional public school education for your children and every year, alright, every morning, you’re confronted with the overwhelm of living up to your own expectations.

Question is…

Do you feel like you have a manageable, peaceful, and enjoyable way to plan your homeschool this year?

And whether you’ve already started homeschooling or plan to in the near future, the success of your plan and your sanity rests heavily on your answer to that question.

If you’re new to homeschooling, jumping both feet into this scary, exciting adventure but are struggling to get started


You’ve been around the block a few times (with the mummified chickens to prove it) but still feel there is a level of frustration and chaos in your daily routine that you just can’t shake…


You’re guilty of taking on too much, overthinking, overcomplicating and then never following through…

then keep reading…

Because what follows could easily be that moment you look back on at the end of the school year when your children are thriving and your heart is FULL, that started the whole process in motion.

But first…

We can all agree, we want something different for our children, but you didn’t bargain on this…

Trying to live up to the Pinterest-perfect version of what homeschool should be even though you know deep down, that will NEVER work for your children.

Stretching your already thin homeschool budget ever thinner buying another new curriculum, testing it out only to find yourself constantly tweaking it to make it work but it just never seems quite right.

The anxiety of adding a new subject or child into the mix when you are only just hanging on by a thread.


The second-guessing, the overwhelm, the burnout, the uncertainty, everything is so. much. harder. then you expected.

And it can be tough to bring anything up at the co-op, while everyone is waxing poetic about their favorite takeaways from The Well Trained Mind and you’re quietly wondering if you’re actually cut out for this because your homeschool looks a lot like chaos and feels a lot like failure.

With all that anxiety, second-guessing and effort you’ve poured into homeschooling, isn’t it time you actually started to feel some ease, joy and fulfillment?

With the amount of time, effort and hours of curriculum review comparisons you’ve invested, you and your children deserve a manageable, peaceful and enjoyable year.

You deserve to wake up every morning with a clear vision for the day ahead and actually see something close to that materialize before your eyes like a Christmas miracle.

You deserve to have full confidence in YOUR unique way of homeschooling, your plan, what’s best for your children and also know how to get back on track if things get a little off the rails (which, of course, they always do!)

You deserve to feel like the capable teacher and mother you already are, instead of being made to feel like a failure because you don’t fit into a rigid one-size fits all plan that doesn’t honor your family’s strengths and weaknesses areas in need of grace.

You deserve to never have to do another craft involving glitter. Ok, no promises there – but this is your homeschool 😉

The 5 reasons you’re still stuck without a
perfect-fit homeschool plan

(and how to remedy that before the new school year starts)

Reason #1: You're utterly and completely overwhelmed

You want so much more for your kids than you ever had in your own education or what the traditional school system can provide.

You jumped in with wells of motivation so deep you thought they’d never run out.

But then you get lost in the weeds –

…which fancy new curriculum (or curriculums) should I use? (And then getting the curriculum and being COMPLETELY overwhelmed)

…what’s the best homeschool planner?

…and oh the shiny things at conventions!

What you need: To work a clear step-by-step planning process that helps you filter out all the distractions that used to send you running while building unshakeable confidence in your ability to guide the ship to your desired homeschool destination.

Reason #2: You're using someone else's homeschool plan

Pre-written plans seem like an amazing idea for us homeschooling moms, don’t they?

Ahhhh, the freedom of buying one thing and being able to check off the daunting “plan your homeschool” to-do that’s been hanging over your head for weeks.

Sure, the plan looks a touch structured.

Nowhere in there does it account for your son’s need to run outside and play after every 3rd sentence he writes. Or your toddler’s temper tantrum that comes daily right when it’s time for everyone else to do math.

But this year is going to be different. Your children are going to love their routines so much that all those little hiccups from last year (and the year before) are going to be a long forgotten memory.

As the school year begins and you put your plan into practice, you start to see a familiar pattern emerge.

These kids keep doing what they’ve always done, being who’ve they’ve always been and even with the rough days, you wouldn’t want it any.other.way.

That pre-written plan that felt so much like freedom a few short weeks ago is starting to feel anything but.

What you need: The skills and confidence to take what works from pre-written plans and leave what doesn’t serve you or your children. To know how to adapt any curriculum, activity or idea to your children’s strengths and weaknesses to create a truly customized, unique to you, homeschool plan.

Reason #3: You're new to homeschooling

“I’m at a total loss as to where to even begin right now.”

Sound familiar?

Deciding to homeschool in the first place feels like THE big decision but once you’ve crossed that bridge you’re confronted with the fact that you’ve only just begun…

How do I know what to teach?
Where do I even start trying to pick a curriculum?
How do I manage multiple grade levels (and toddlers pulling on my pant legs)?
What if my child is behind?

Google may be your go-to resource for finding the closest Chinese restaurant but it can be your worst enemy when trying to figure out those first delicate steps on your path to homeschool success.

Google, and it’s adorably styled cousin Pinterest open up a world of what I like to call, homeschool peer pressure.

You start out trying to find answers to your questions and you end up feeling overwhelmed, defeated and less than before you even get started.

What you need: Successful homeschool planning doesn’t begin by searching the internet and making a list of all the things you can do. It begins by searching the faces across the breakfast table and making a list of all the things they need.

Reason #4: You're not a planner

A half-finished lesson plan here.

A pile of expensive, never used, guilt-inducing resources over there.

Maybe even a few checklists if you were feeling extra on top of things one day.

You’ve tried everything to plan your days but can’t seem to stick with something long enough to see it through or see it make a difference.

Your children are getting used to frenzied declarations that you’re going to put together a plan so they know what to expect each day only to return to the status quo.

It’s hard to give your children your best when you’re feeling desperate, overwhelmed and guilty for not “getting it together.”

But when you try to fit yourself and your children into some overly rigid, pre-fab planning system it all feels forced and it just ends up being the paperweight for fall’s leaf pressing craft project.

What you need: A planning system that is so much more than an academic schedule for your curriculum with flexibility baked in to honor the most free-spirited children and homeschooling mamas. Your homeschool is what you decide to make it and planning for your big picture vision and goals, not just checking off lesson boxes, is the way to do it.

Reason #5: You're type A all the way

You want to do this homeschool thing just right.

You’ve struggled in the past, but this year is going to be different. Your homeschool planning is going to be perfect. So you get started by buying a fresh, new homeschool planner.

You know the kind. It has months of lesson plan grids that start in August and go all the way through next summer.

You begin the year feeling compelled to write things in every box. Successful homeschoolers have a plan, and you want to be a successful homeschooler.

So you open up your computer and started searching.

You read a few blogs and forum posts about what each grade level should be learning, find five great science lapbooks to accompany their curriculum, and search out a hands-on activity on Pinterest for every unit of history. You pull out your credit card and fill your Amazon cart.

But then reality sets in.

You find out you’re pregnant and some mornings you can barely move.

Then your dad becomes ill and needs to move into the house so you can take care of him.

And of course, your children end up hating lapbooks.

Your plan becomes a mishmash of crossed-off dates, arrows, and erasures. The further you get behind, the more the dates on the top of the pages taunt you.

Not to mention that the plans become virtually useless because you get almost caught up in some subjects but are months behind in others.

How could this practice that was supposed to have brought peace become the single largest stress factor in your homeschool?

What you need: It’s easy to get stuck in the weeds and focus on color-coding, pretty pages and having the “perfect” plan. And you do need a way to plan your year that’s step-by-step and organized so you feel on top of things. But you also want a planning method that helps you focus on the big picture so that when plans go off the rails you can adjust and keep it all in perspective.

Creating a homeschool plan that allows everyone to thrive isn’t as hard as you think

If you’ve made it here, you already know that a peaceful and enjoyable homeschool year needs a solid plan.

But what you may not have realized is that using the Plan Your Year Method that I’m going to share with you below, you’ll also be able to:

Adapt any curriculum, activity or idea to your children’s strengths and weaknesses to create a truly customized educational experience for your children

Position your homeschool for success while having the flexibility to roll with the uncertainty that life can throw your way

Eliminate the distractions that currently rob you of your productivity and joy because you’ll know exactly what YOUR family needs

Experience newfound confidence in your role as educator of your children without the nagging doubts, anxiety and second-guessing

You can do this and do it well.

It doesn’t take months of planning, fancy office supplies or a team of homeschool organizational ninjas, but it does take a straightforward, step-by-step process that guides you through both the big picture planning and the day-to-day.

A process that honors your family’s unique strengths, limitations and season of life.

A process that gets you in touch with all the reasons you were excited to homeschool in the first place.

A process that you’ll fondly look back on a few weeks from now when you’re sitting across the table from your children and you realize where there was once frustration, chaos and anxiety wrecking havoc on your confidence, now you can only see the eager faces, excited to begin the day.

Before we get too far along, I’d like to introduce myself and why I’m so passionate about homeschool planning…

This Homeschool Mom Gig Is Not What
I Thought It Was Going To Be

You too?

Hi, I’m Pam Barnhill, and like you I dreamed that my days were going to be cuddles on the couch, drinking hot cocoa, while my children gathered around with rapt attention to the classic book I was reading for the second hour in a row.

Every single child would be a self-motivated lover of learning because I was going to do things exactly right.

And then I actually got started.

It’s not what I imagined at all.

If you’ve ever found yourself thinking:

“I know there has to be a way to homeschool that combines loving relationships with high expectations.”

“Every other homeschool mom seems to have it together better than I do.”

“I’ve never been a teacher — how can I know how to educate my kids effectively.”

Then you are in the right place.

I’m an award-winning educator and homeschool mom of three (mostly) awesome kids. An English major and former journalist, I have a knack for breaking down big tasks into small, manageable steps.

I believe that preserving relationships doesn’t have to mean sacrificing a quality education.

I believe that all homeschool moms can be their child’s best teacher.

I believe that homeschool moms need mentors and community to thrive.

And if you allow me to, here’s how I’d like to help you and your homeschool:

Before Plan Your Year, I struggled to see the big picture and to have a consistent record of goals and progress from year to year.

Although I was attracted to the clear process and the plethora of forms, I didn’t expect the clarity and a new way of looking at homeschool planning.

I had been homeschooling for a long time (I had graduated my first, who homeschooled K-12) before I used Plan Your Year.

As I went through the steps I was both refreshed and excited to learn Pam’s perspective on planning and implement a simple, but thorough planning process.

I love to see how we accomplish our goals from year to year, and how there are some that we are still plugging away at. One of the things about Plan Your Year that I love best is seeing where we’ve been in the past so that I can see our progress – seeing the forest for the homeschool trees, in a sense. I love the consistency of planning in the same way from year to year. I refer to my yearly Plan Your Year calendar weekly throughout the school year.

Heather Finley

I previously used a “school in a box” program and wasn’t sure how to plan when I decided to design my own curriculum. Plan Your Year gave me a starting point and provided me with direction!

But I had some reservations, I’ve always been very organized (ESTJ here!) and thought I could make any form myself. Also, I wanted to customize the color scheme to match the rest of my materials.

I have better peace of mind creating our own educational plan as a Classical educator with its guidance (as opposed to having everything preplanned and sent to me).

Lisa Johnson

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

The Plan Your Year Guide

The ultimate homeschool reference

More than just the steps you need to follow, the planning guide includes a wealth of information you will find yourself referring to again and again.

 In the printed guide you will find:

  • Ideas from across the homeschool community including a variety of options for each planning step. Choose the ones that fit your personality and style best.
  • Additional information to dig into about planning and personality, which records to file and which to trash (really!), and a comprehensive guide to homeschool methods and which one might work for your family.
  • A handy reference you can use right along with the course.

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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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. Your book will be mailed Media Mail within 48 hours of your purchase.* Print books mailed for US addresses only. International customers will receive a PDF copy of the book.

Is this a digital or print product?

The print book will be mailed to US addresses. International customers will receive a PDF copy of the book. All customers will receive the digital course and online support.

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. 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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