Summer is the perfect time for the pool, a few good books, and some time spent planning for the new school year. Yet, with so many tools and options at your disposable, it can be difficult to sort through the options so your planning time is as productive as it can be.

This month, several moms share ways they sort through the options to make the most of their planning time in the summer months.

Productive Planning Tips

Simple Summer Goals by Amy at Humility and Doxology

“Summer is the time to get to all the things you don’t have time for during the school year. Right?

Um. Maybe, not so much.

Maybe, if you set yourself up with a glorious plan a mile long, you’ll end up crying the first week of June. Not that this has ever happened to me. Ahem.”

How to Create a Homeschool Schedule that Works for You by Sara at Heart and Soul Homeschooling

“Need to find a homeschool schedule that will work for your family, but not sure where to begin? Craving structure yet rebelling at the thought of giving up any of your homeschooling freedom? I hear you and I’ve got some solutions to create a homeschool routine that really works for you!”

The Two-Hat Homeschool Planning Method for a Stress-Free School Year by Lynna at Homeschooling Without Training Wheels

“There you sit, still trying to make yourself wake up all the way. Your coffee cup is somewhere getting cold (maybe it’s still in the microwave from the last time you re-heated it). And you’re slumped over at the table with a big stack of curriculum in front of you.

It’s 10 am and you haven’t even started your homeschool day. It isn’t so much that the work is overwhelming. There’s a lot to do, to be sure. It’s the decision fatigue that has you mentally pinned to the ground.”

Productive Planning with Put Your Year on Autopilot

Homeschooling: Put Your Year on Autopilot by Heidi at The Curriculum Choice

“I am a list maker, a box checker. I love color-coded calendars and planners, but inevitably the plan gets disrupted, and then what? I am stressed about being off task, and certainly don’t want to mess up my pretty book! Each year I have made changes to become more flexible with my homeschool planning. This year I am thrilled to have some help with that via Pam Barnhill’s Put Your Homeschool Year on Autopilot and Plan Your Year.”

You Can Homeschool! Pam Can Help! by Erika at Pray Species

“So, when I sat down today to let you know about Pam Barnhill’s newest online course I wanted to let you know that you can do it! You can do it with potty training toddlers. You can do it with spilled art supplies and hysterical preschoolers. You can do it the midst of accidents and unforeseen circumstances. You can do it, I can do it, and Pam can help.”

Put Your Homeschool on Autopilot: How to Homeschool with Zero Executive Functioning Skills by Ginny at Not So Formulaic

“From the outset, Pam is very clear this program is not a way to find someone else to teach your kids. This is not a course that will allow you to do chores or work from home while your kids are doing their own self-directed lessons.

What it does do, however, is reduce decision and planning fatigue so you have more time to get to the other stuff.”

Are you ready to set aside time for a productive planning session? Check out Put Your Year on Autopilot and make the most of your planning time.

Mary

Mary is a writer and mother to four kids ranging from elementary to high school.

She believes that creativity, laughter, and fun are the backbone for engaging and inspiring homeschools. You can find encouragement and tips on her blog, Not Before 7.

She is an enneagram 7 and an extrovert. She enjoys traveling, tea (iced or hot), good conversations, and books. You can connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.
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