Nine Steps to Planning your New Homeschool

Why you homeschool matters more than how you homeschool. But why you homeschool is very influenced by what you think an education is anyway.

Teresa Wiedrick

How to plan a homeschool?

You can plan a homeschool overnight, but your plans won’t stick for a child’s life at home.

Here’s the principles you need to consider as you start the process of planning your homeschool. (Cause it’s a long-term process).

Nine Steps to Planning your homeschool

1. What do YOU want your kids to know?

Can you ask that question? Um, yeah, you’re homeschooling. You get to infuse your child’s education with what you want to know. So what do you want them to know?

2. Read about homeschooling.

I imagine you’re doing that if you’re reading THIS. Here’s my Homeschool Mama’s Reading List that I think every new homeschooler could read to feel confident.

3. Know your WHY.

Simon Sinek authored this clever book title. And it applies to just about every person’s life. If you know WHY you’re homeschooling, you’ll gain a clear vision for your family and have a direction to walk toward.

4. Plan planning.

Decide how you’re going to engage your child’s education. Explore different homeschool philosophies. Plan for this year. Assume you’re changing next year (cause you will: you’ll decide some things work for you and your kids and some things don’t. This is an ever-evolving process).

5. Plan learning opportunities.

Plan learning opportunities for your kids, don’t try to recreate schools subjects. Ideas for your kid’s (ideas, not personalized educational ideas for your kids; they were ideas for mine at different ages). And get a library card.

If you prefer watching a discussion, instead of reading a discussion on learning opportunities, it’s here on YouTube.

6. Search for learning opportunities.

This is easy. This is fun. Don’t overthink this stuff. Don’t overbuy this stuff. Check out the library, online resources, and ask your kids what they want to do. PS Your home is not a school.

How to choose curriculum? There is so many ways to create tangible curriculum for your kids.

7. Keep a planner.

But don’t do daily lesson plans (unless you want to). Get a paper planner. Write in a planner what learning opportunities you’ve already DONE. (Yes, observe what your child likes to do, learn to follow their lead: this is harder than it looks. Unschooling isn’t passive.)

I share about my favourite homeschool planner in this video.

8. Create a Routine, Not a Schedule.

What is the difference between a routine and a schedule? Check out my YouTube video on this exact discussion.

9. Pay attention to your kids and stop overthinking.

You won’t do anything perfectly. There’s no such thing as perfection. I share ten lessons I learned in ten years of my homeschooling. Check it out here.

But I’ve got to ask, what is an education anyway? That’s the reason we send our kids to school right? So what’s the purpose? When you determine what your reasons for an education are for your kids, you’ll get a really clear vision how you want to approach their education.

Keep listening to your kiddos, watch how they learn, and watch how you like to engage their learning (how do you like to learn? You’re probably engaging them in a way that works for you).

Then do your thing. Enjoy your kids. Have fun. Assess and reassess every season and keep on keeping on as the most invested person in your child’s life.

Teresa Wiedrick

Check out my book Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer