As I peruse social media, the same questions keep popping up. What do I do when we’re far behind the lesson plan? How do I handle it when my child won’t follow it?
I’ve had to deal with this many times over the years. At times, my response was a good one…other times, not so much.
It finally occurred to me: sometimes, the lesson plan just doesn’t matter as much as I think it does. Sometimes, it really is ok to just let it go and let my child learn in other ways.
Starting Our Homeschool Journey
When I first brought my little boy home to teach him myself, I was excited, but terrified. A whole new world had opened up to us – a world of learning, of discovery, of things that we could tackle together.
I envisioned all the fun things we’d do together, like nature walks, projects, and experiments. Our little one-room schoolhouse would be fun!
Of course, I had no idea how to actually do that, so I turned to what I did know.
I bought all the textbooks, workbooks, and teacher’s guides that were recommended. Then, I sat down to write a lesson plan.
Don’t get me wrong: I am not in any way against textbooks, teacher’s guides, or lesson plans. I’ve used them many times over the years, and I’m thankful for them!
However, something that I learned after our first few years of homeschooling is that these are tools. They are there to make our lives easier, to help us quickly figure out what to teach our children.
But in the end, they are tools. The lesson plan is not your master!
You can read more here, along with more posts in the 30 Days of Homeschool Encouragement and Inspiration. I hope it’s a blessing to you!