Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace


Plan Your Year is now in print. Pre-order your copy and we will ship it by May 7.


Homeschool planning is about more than wishful thinking.

Do you worry that you won’t cover the subjects that your children need? Or maybe you create elaborate plans but never seem to be able to follow through with them. Do your lesson plans end up being a mishmash of crossed-off dates, arrows, and erasures?

You need a new way to look at homeschool planning.

Plan Your Year is a practical approach to homeschool planning that breaks free of grids and unrealistic expectations, focusing instead on the needs of the students, the teacher (yes, you!), and the busy life you lead.

Inside you will discover:

  • A step-by-step plan with action items. Complete the list and have a flexible and fabulous plan for your homeschool year ready to go in just days.
  • Three vital steps you can take before pulling out your credit card to buy curriculum, thereby avoiding buyer s remorse.
  • Practical ways to conquer the homeschool mom s biggest enemy: decision fatigue.
  • How to eliminate overwhelm and guilt with simple scheduling hacks. You have never seen a school schedule like this before!
  • Why lesson plan grids are the first step to homeschool plan failure. Learn what to use instead or how to adapt your premade curriculum grids for success with one simple step.
  • Ideas from across the homeschool community because one-size planning doesn’t fit all–a variety of options for each planning step are included! Choose the options that fit your personality and style best.

Plan Your Year is the homeschool planning guide you have been waiting for. Get the direction you need without the guilt.

Download a sample here. 

Books ship via media mail within 48 hours of purchase.

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  • Amy Wooldridge says:

    I have used Plan Your Year for several years and this new extended version is better than ever.

  • Kelly says:

    This book has been at my side since the first days of our homeschool journey, and it’s been an invaluable resource every year. I love how Pam first helps you set the vision for your homeschool, then create goals, and only after that, choose a materials to achieve those goals and fulfill your homeschool vision. There are so many resources and ideas that really help a homeschool mom tailor her homeschool plan to her children rather than force everyone into a preformed idea of what works. I can’t imagine planning our year without this amazing book, and I’m even more excited about the new edition – so much more information!

  • I can’t say enough good things about Plan Your Year. I have used it since we began homeschooling and I STILL find new ways to help me get organized. I absolutely love how flexible it is.

  • Jaime Knox says:

    I’m new to homeschooling this year, but not new to planning. (I’m a former wedding planner). However, when I started this journey, I was completely overwhelmed with all of the resources out there. I had no idea where to start and spent hours trying to reinvent the homeschool planning wheel. Until I came across Pam’s Plan Your Year plan. This was a Godsend! Pam’s plan made complete sense to me and helped me to pull everything I was doing together into a plan that WORKED!

  • Amy Harter says:

    Plan Your Year is useful and encouraging to any style homeschooler. Regardless of curriculum choices, Pam Barnhill encourages you to plan out and have your most productive, successful homeschool year ever! And, the included planning forms are colorful and attractive.

  • Sarah Bergren says:

    I’ve used Plan Your year for several years in digital format. I’m so excited that there’s now a printed copy to hold, highlight, and add to my bookshelf! I love Pam’s materials because they’re practical, and Plan Your Year is one of my favorites. It works with any curriculum, any homeschool philosophy, any household schedule. The beauty is that she gives principles and methods to plan YOUR unique homeschool year, starting with writing a homeschool vision and moving step-by-step through goals, course of study, yearly/monthly/weekly schedules, and more. Highly recommended!

  • Laney says:

    I have 8 kids and have been homeschooling for 15 years. Before Plan Your Year I was a chronic over-purchaser and over-scheduler. I jumped from boxed curriculum to boxed curriculum. I tweaked and rewrote and added and dropped from every product I purchased. For years I pulled together my own resources and spent hours upon hours creating the perfect plans, yet the perfect solution eluded me.

    Plan Your Year flipped my planning process on its head. I cast a vision and crafted effective goals prior to hunting for the resources and curricula that would assist me along the way. Pam’s systematic planning guide helped me to keep my priorities focused as I created a homeschool plan that would meet the needs of my family and decrease my frustration as I implemented it. Plan Your Year revolutionized my homeschool. The plans I created using this book resulted in better organization and a clear roadmap of where we were headed each year. That roadmap provided more consistency and precious peace in our homeschool days.

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