Fly by the seat of your pants homeschooling is almost always stress filled homeschooling.

I’m not saying to plan out every moment, every day or even every week. However, you MUST know where you are starting and where you want to end up.

Imagine getting in the car and starting to just drive any way that suited your fancy then half an hour later being angry when you didn’t arrive at the grocery store. Now let’s change the story, you get in your car to go to the grocery and you know how you plan to get there or you let Google help you. You’re pointed in the right direction and you actually arrive. You may have had some detours because you got a flat tire, missed a turn or the road was closed but you got there because you knew where you were trying to go.

Your homeschool year is the same. Start with where you are and know where you want to be at the end of the year. Plan your route. There will be detours – illness, a concept that just doesn’t make sense, materials you can’t get in time – but since you know where you’re going, you’ll find a way to work around those things and keep working toward your end goal.

You can do this. Set yourself up to succeed. I’m here for you – to cheer you on, to help you fix that flat tire or give you directions when you feel lost, and to celebrate when you reach your goal. Keep it smart and simple!