I’ve been on this homeschool journey for 14 years now. I started out with one kiddo in my homeschool. The following year, I added kiddo number two to the mix. It wasn’t long before my ‘baby’ was old enough to tag along. Then, we sent my oldest to high school, and I was back down to two. Two years later, he came back home to finish high school, and I was back up to three. After he graduated, I was down to two again, but not for long. My middle one went off to public high school, as well. This is the fourth year that it’s just Emma and me at home. But, this is the second year she is taking outside co-op classes once a week.
I shared those stages of our homeschool journey to point out the fact that your needs, just like ours, can and will change from one year to the next. Now, hopefully, yours won’t change as frequently as ours have, but you can count on your homeschool needs changing from time to time.
Planning for a Successful Homeschool Year
If you’ve been on this homeschool journey for a while, you are well aware of how things change. If you’re just starting out, here’s your heads up! Whether it’s a family move, the loss of a job, adding new kiddos to your lessons or graduating some out, change is natural and to be expected.
But, that doesn’t make it any easier to ebb and flow. It seems that every time I have my homeschool routine worked out, life throws a wrench in my plans. What’s a mom to do?
Create a survival kit, of course! Whether you started your school year in August like I did or you are looking to get started now, it’s never too late to plan for a successful homeschool year. Back to School Survival Manual: A Girlfriend’s Guide to an Organized and Successful Homeschool Year, by Alicia Michelle, is the place to start.
She has written this book in a way that makes you feel like you’re sitting in the coffee shop talking to your girlfriend. She’s been homeschooling for ten years, and she wants to share what she’s learned through trial and error along the way.
The book is short – just 130 pages. It’s a fast read, but it’s full of helpful ideas and suggestions. But Alicia Michelle, who also blogs at Your Vibrant Family, doesn’t just share her knowledge in this book. She has also created 30 reproducible charts, checklists, and planning pages to help us all get organized. There are school supply inventory lists, worksheets to help you shape the foundation of your homeschool, planning charts and more.
Whether your just starting out or you are finding a need for more organization and encouragement mid-year, you won’t want to miss this book for homeschool moms by a homeschool veteran!