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Um, okay, and part of Sunday, too (with a little help from one of the two shadows who have all but refused to leave my side since we got back from vacation). But, I got three weeks’ worth of planning done and most of the copying and printing to go with it.  I got what should be our entire study of France for our homeschool group’s Around the World Day planned, leaving the fourth week to either tie up loose ends or move on to something else.

How do you do your planning?  Marathon days like I did?  A little as you go?  What planning?  Do tell!

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Ummm… I'll let you know as soon as I actually plan something!

    We are still in the regroup mode even though we were supposed to start back with school today. Now I'm thinking it's going to be NEXT week! We'll just do some math and reading while I get my rear in gear. 🙂

  2. Right now we are definitely in the "little as you go" stage. I introduced a few new things today and redid some alphabet tracing activities.

    Very, very, very low key! But it was something!

  3. Whew, just looking at it makes me tired. I'm with the dog, under the table taking a nap 🙂

    Mostly I plan as I go but I only have 1 student to homeschool and she's in Kindergarten/1st gd. So…ask me again in about 4 years. I'm guessing my method will change and I'll be marathon planning like you!

  4. Well, originally I made myself insane by planning an entire semester at once in Math and Phonics/Reading, complete with which Relevant Educational Games I would play during which week.

    Yeah, so I didn't even make it one week and we were behind. I still have that big schedule as an outline for the major subjects, but I have switched to doing the detailed version for 6 week blocks. We do roughly 6 weeks on, 1 week off.

    Of course, since this is really only my first year, who knows?

  5. Thanks for sharing about your marathon day. 🙂 I have my "big plans" in mind, but I plan for each day the night before! Yes, it makes for long evenings, but then I know EXACTLY where we are and what we're ready for. And, I can plan around things like doctor's appointments or field trips and lighten those days.

  6. I tried planning weekly, but found I needed more flexibility (really!)for my ADHD, ODD son (9) so it's pretty much the night before for me.

    I have a shape in mind overall, but day to day it shifts. I try to get a little writing, a math concept, some narration, and a supervised chore every day, and the other subjects I just let happen (he reads voraciously, likes Discovery Channel, and we live where there are many, many available field trips.)


  7. In an idea world, I plan on Friday right after we finish school for the day. However the last two weeks I planned on Sunday night or *ahem* Tuesday night. 🙂

  8. Marathon nights (or should I say wee early mornings) for me. I try to plan 4 weeks at a time but boy do those 4 weeks go fast!

  9. what? I was mid-comment. Let me try this again. So I was saying, I've spent hours coming up with a general plan and penciling it out for the year, but then returning to the planner each weekend to plan that week's work. Last year we began with a big (10-week, 9,611-mile) road trip, and I never really got organized after that. We did the basics, but the thematic days had become a thing of the past. This year, I spent quite some time organizing for the year, then penciling out the calendar for the ENTIRE year. I left Fridays open for catch up, left all holidays (including birthdays) open, unlike previous years, and have left some room for change. Plus, it's all in pencil, so the eraser's sure to get a workout this year.

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