I am a planner. I love to make plans. I work out the details and the timing. I write them out and make them all pretty, etc. But not too long ago I realized that the planning I was doing for our homeschooling seemed off somehow. I loved filling in my little planning boxes. I would open my planning folder while we were doing school
to "track" our work. But it began to feel obsessive. I felt more like a task master sitting back and just dictating. Then strumming my fingers because we weren't crossing things off my list fast enough. Finally, the thought occurred to me that I was actually writing double lesson plans, because my kids each have their own checklist or planner. I was actually making more work for myself just by filling in my planner, and then I was making myself miserable by trying to track our work on my planner. So, one day I gave up my planner. That one day turned into a week, then into two weeks, and the next thing I realized is how much freer I felt not being attached to my planner.
Now, I am not at all suggesting that you don't need to plan for homeschooling. I had to let it go because it was becoming unhealthy for me and our homeschooling environment. However, I still fill in my children's planners and checklist to track their seatwork. Then I leave it in their hands, giving them more control and responsibility while still keeping track of their progress. I find these simple checklists and planners are enough for us right now. I just no longer see the need to write down all of our lessons when I'm following the curriculum in sequence anyway. I don't feel nearly as tied down - instead I feel more actively involved with my kids while they work and less like a task master, strumming my fingers waiting for them to finish.
Here is my Curly Girlie's 1st Grade checklist:
More Changes and Adjustments to come . . .