Homeschool Planning Hangout and Expansion Pack Giveaway

Plan Your Year Homeschool Planner Expansion PackFor even more posts about planning from curriculum picks, to scheduling options, to setting goals, be sure to visit my homeschool planning guide.

I really haven’t talked about one of my newest and most exciting ventures over here as much as I should. I am now partnering with Mystie from Simply Convivial and Simplified Organization every other Monday to chat about organizing, technology, apps, and all manner of fun things in our new Simplified Organization Google Hangouts.

Google Hangouts are a live event that you can watch as they happen (scary, isn’t it!?) and they are recorded to YouTube so you can view them later if you wish. So far we have done three:

In the video we start by discussing planning the year, move to discussing planning the week, and finally we talk about ways that we schedule our homeschool days. The best thing about participating in such a chat is that I gather all kind of fabulous ideas that I never think about on my own.

Chelli had told me she did not make homeschool goals, but the guiding principles she shared that she created for her homeschool are genius, and in some ways even more helpful than SMART goals.

Another thing that the conversation emphasizes is the flexibility of homeschooling, and how it is so easy for families to make it work in their own best interest. It gives us the chance to do what is best for our family. Nothing better than that.

Please excuse our technical difficulties. We were experiencing some problems caused by the weather. I don’t think you will be sorry if you press on and watch through to the end. If you can’t see the video below, you can find it on YouTube. Enjoy!



And here are some links to things we discuss in the homeschool planning hangout:

Free Plan Your Year Homeschool Planning Pages

Chelli’s Planning Series

Teaching from a State of Rest

Plan Your Year Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace

Free Homeschool Planner



  • Ann says:

    Hi Pam,
    My planning tip is to send the kids off to VBS for the week so you have the house to yourself. Each morning I focus on just one child and what their individual goals will be for the year and then map out their plan. On Thursday and Friday I focus on the plans that would involve all three kids and the whole family. Of course I come into the week with most curriculum purchased and lots of plans swimming in my head so this just gives me the opportunity to get things down on paper in a very quiet, uninterrupted environment. I’m not too keen on our Parish VBS program but the kids do have crazy fun and I get some time for quiet planning so at this point it is worth it. Thank you for offering this chance to win your planning program. I love what you have done and it has everything I would need. 🙂

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Oh man, Ann, that is GENIUS! I highly recommend sending everyone off if you can. My kids have crazy fun at VBS too. Great ideas.

  • kortney says:

    don’t have a great lot of planning advice…i liked what you said in the hangout about remembering that these are children we are planning for, little souls. i am excited to try and plan what *i* need to do to help each child accomplish what *they* need to do.

  • Lori says:

    Just want to thank you for the giveaway, Pam!

  • Lori says:

    Oh, I forget the tip: when the children were younger, we used to pay the neighbor to babysit the kids – at her house – for an entire day so I could stay home and plan in peace and quiet.

  • JenRay says:

    I tried planning everything carefully for about half a minute and made myself crazy. I think about/jot down everything I want to cover over the course of the year and how long it will take. (e.g. One level of AAS, 28 lessons, roughly one/week with review weeks) We school year round taking breaks as needed/desired, so I divide up the calendar year into 4 quarters. That way I have 4 “benchmarks” throughout the year. I divide up the list of things I want to accomplish by 4 as well, and then I know how much I need to accomplish each quarter. That keeps me on track. Then I plan our daily stuff weekly. That way field trips, doc appts, spontaneous park days, etc. don’t throw us off too badly. Sometimes I find we are ahead of schedule on one thing, and we can take a break from it, or I find that we need to hit something a bit more rigorously to get back up to speed. It is flexible enough, and works for me so far.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      That sounds like a great plan Jen. I like the “daily stuff weekly” and giving yourself a break when you are ahead on something.

  • JenRay says:

    Hey cool! I won! Do I need to email you or anything?

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