Along with our habits, our weekly planning meeting helps build the ‘bones’ of our homeschool days. Our family meeting with all our children gives us an outline for the week ahead. There are so many benefits to this time together. I briefly mentioned our meetings in my Family Homeschool Planner review and it prompted questions.
So, before I share how we are full throttle back to school, I thought I’d share a peek into how we do our weekly meetings. See, I have found a comfortable system that works for me and my children. Annual planning and goal setting and weekly homeschool meetings.
Do You Have an Annual Homeschool Planning Time?
First off, I do plan our year in rough form. I explain that time in detail in my Annual Planning and Goal Setting habit. But I honestly do not plan it weekly. I look at our resources, gather what we need. I also spend time praying for and making goals for each child. I note that I need to schedule the eldest for the PSAT. I see that certain days will be busy with music lessons so I know I will need to use the slow cooker and schedule certain learning for those days. I make note of field trips. So we have an outline.
Then, once we are in the nitty gritty of week-to-week homeschool, we make plans weekly.
Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40
Our Hodgepodge Weekly Homeschool Planning Meeting
Our homeschool planning meeting takes anywhere from half an hour to an hour depending on our week. My husband and I lead it with everyone together. It is so very helpful to have my husband there to give us all guidance. He is the principal of our homeschool. He sometimes reminds the children that He is the head of our homeschool and that while he is away at work during the day, he leaves me in charge. So, ultimately, we all answer to him. That is such a blessing when we run into a character issue – or problem with a math concept. Hodgepodgedad will be there to help! Of course, The Lord is the one that guides us and blesses our homeschool…the Lord of our home.
Our meetings happen on a Sunday afternoon so that my husband can be there. On occasion we have a meeting on a Monday morning when we have had a very busy and full Sunday.
We should make plans – counting on God to direct us. Proverbs 16:9
Everyone gathers their planners. I get my Family Homeschool Planner, my Tapestry of Grace plans and other resources we will be using that week. The older two get their High School Planners. And Middle Girl grabs her Student Planner.
At each weekly meeting we go over what we will be learning together first. Talk together as a family. Yes, the younger ones are often playing trains or ponies. But we are all together. We also make note of things coming up on the calendar. The further along in the meeting we get, the younger ones can leave to play. So we are left discussing details with our middle and high schoolers.
We meet in the family room or at the kitchen table so that our resources are within sight and reach.
The Benefits of a Weekly Homeschool Planning Meeting
- Written guidelines and recorded goals for the week.
- We go over the upcoming calendar with all the commitments and activities – together.
- In the midst of the craziness of the week – we have something to help us stay on track!
- Assignments written down by each of our older children results in ownership.
- The chance for our eldest three to rearrange their assignments weekly – to best manage their time independently.
- Boundaries often bring out character issues in myself and my children. These are tough but much needed life lessons. Yes, that assignment needs to be finished even though there is that fun thing planned for that day on the calendar!
- Consequences – both good and bad!
Time with parents weekly to plan, review, discuss and consult. Learning.
- Yes, sometimes we have a reluctant planner.
- Yes, plans change – how well we know that with all the sickness, tonsillectomy, and needing to catch up last homeschool year!
- Yes, we get sidetracked. We even need to do a little homeschool reorganization (as I shared last week).
- Yes, we allow for spontaneous homeschool learning!
Someone had her second piano lesson this week!
More Homeschool Planning Resources
- My friend, Barb-Harmony Art Mom, was the one that inspired me to start homeschool planning meetings. She has wonderful ideas and resources for this.
- How to Plan Tapestry of Grace for Multiple Levels and Ages
- When Do You Plan for School and How Long Does it Take?
- Annual Planning and Goal Setting
- Return of the Routine: Six Steps to Success (my free ebook)
Next week I’ll be sharing reviews and giveaways of the rest of the planners – these tools – we use to build the habit of time management. Plus I’ll be back next Friday to share how we are full throttle back to school with our multiple ages, extracurricular activities and more.
Many thanks to our Friday hostesses!
- Collage Friday hostess Mary at Home Grown Learners
- Weekly Wrap-Up hostess Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
Ultimately, planning is a gift of learning independence, wouldn’t you say?