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When I meet a new person and mention that I homeschool most of my boys, I might be greeted with the comment about how they couldn’t possibly ever homeschool their child. If I have time, I might chat with them for a bit about it and will even admit that there are days when I wonder how I can possibly manage it all. However, what I find is that it often boils down to the need to create a plan for success.
Why Create a Plan for Success in Homeschooling?
Planning is something that we’ve been talking about a LOT in our house lately. The older boys are enjoying throwing around little ditties like “poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine” and “prior planning prevents (piss) poor performance.” I’m hopeful that the fun of these little phrases will start taking root in their brains as the reality IS that you need to plan for success.
This most definitely translates into the need to create a plan for success in homeschooling. From the time I found out I was expecting our first child, I have been dreaming of the kind of person he might become and what he might do once grown. Those dreams then grow into plans for how to help him become the man God intends him to be. As God has blessed us with more sons, I find myself going through the same process with each of them as I look at their individual talents.
How Do I Create a Plan for Success in Homeschooling?
Like any other goal, as a homeschool parent I look at what the ultimate goals are for each of the boys. Depending upon where you live, there might already be basic expectations that need to be met for the state or country. Or, if attending college is a goal you have for your child, then there are basic requirements those institutions have. But, there are some homeschoolers who do not have established expectations from local government and no push for a child to attend college. In those cases, you can look towards a child’s interests and strengths to help prepare him or her for their own vocation.
For me, I do have a minimum that needs to happen when it comes to homeschooling the boys. Our correspondence school requires 21 credit hours for graduation from high school with certain subjects having different credits needed. For the younger grades, we have to teach at least 2 core and 2 extra subjects. What has come in quite handy for me is laying out an overall guide of what I want each child to be doing and when. I’ve found the Schoolhouse Planners to be very helpful, especially for high school. (You can get them for FREE when you become a member of SchoolhouseTeachers.com)
If you do not have guidelines that are already required, then you can look at a generic course of study for college prep students or at what your child needs to learn to enter a trade. Common skills such as reading, writing and basic math are used in pretty much all professions. Talking with someone in a profession your child wants to enter can help you find other courses of study that can be pursued. You might even find someone willing to do an apprenticeship / work study with your child as high school graduation approaches.
Looking for more posts like this one? Here are some previous posts on planning for homeschoolers:
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