This post is sponsored by Flexible School Schedule.
My biggest challenge as a homeschool mom is NOT homeschooling. Nope. Not even with multiple high schoolers in the family.
My biggest challenge? Juggling all the details of life that interrupt or temporarily derail homeschooling.
Whether it’s something big like the recent passing of my grandma, or simply the little everyday stresses–like my teens’ changing work schedules or a needy toddler–I need my homeschool plans to be flexible enough to adapt to my daily and weekly needs.
Why Flexible Homeschool Planning is Ideal
Plan your year by flexible terms and weeks per term, not rigid dates and times on a calendar that tend come undone once real life begins to happen. One of the reasons many of us chose to homeschool was so each child could move at their own pace. And when we homeschool, life still happens–sickness, family, even the occasional bit of fun. Rigid plans are not workable plans, because homeschool life is rarely rigid.
Can one child go faster with math? Does another need to go a little slower with reading? Flexible School Schedule can handle it. Even if you must stop school for a couple of days, simply pick back up right where you left off. No alerts screaming that you’re falling behind and no piling up supposedly overdue work onto the current day. Move through each subject at the proper pace for each child.
Flexible School Schedule is about recording what you actually did, when you did it and how long it took you to do it. Progress bars provide an overview of each child’s advancement. Beautifully formatted, customizable, and printable reports keep your records up to date and assist you with fulfilling state requirements.
Flexible School Schedule works WITH your life, not against it.
How to Set Up a Flexible Homeschool Plan
1. Gather Your Thoughts
As you homeschool, all kinds of ideas and plans come to mind. But you may not be ready to act on them. The scratchpad is a great place to jot them down so you won’t forget.
2. Collect Your Resources
As your homeschool library grows and as you find more and more resources online, it can be difficult to remember what you have and where everything is. The Flexible School Schedule resource list can help. Simply enter a video link, website link or book into the list so you always know what you have and where to find it.
3. Layout Your School Year
Plan your year in flexible terms and weeks per term, not rigid dates and times on a calendar. Homeschool life is rarely rigid. Children go at their own pace. Life happens and we need to stop for a day or two. Flexible School Schedule allows you to speed up or slow down as needed. You can even stop and just start back up right where you left off.
4. Plan Your Subjects
Focus on each child’s individual needs and pace as you plan what subjects you’ll teach. You can schedule subjects to be taught as many times per week or per term as each child and each subject requires.
5. Record Your Progress
As you progress through the school year, mark each lesson complete when it is done. Enter what you did, when you did it and how long you spent doing it. Progress bars will give you an overview of your child’s progress for the year, the term and on a per subject basis.
6. Report Your Accomplishments
You can create custom reports. Simply select what data you would like to see and click “print” to get beautifully formatted reports that accurately represent your efforts, perfect for your records and to assist with fulfilling state requirements.
3 Reasons to Support the Kickstarter for Flexible School Schedule
1. You’ll want to use this product.
Flexible School Schedule is unique because it is designed around the pace of each child and the life of the family, not rigid dates and times on a calendar. It’s structured enough to keep you on track but flexible enough to let life happen.
I seriously can’t wait for this product to launch–it’s exactly what I need!
2. You get to influence the development of this tool.
People who support Flexible School Schedule are getting in on the ground floor. They have the opportunity to influence and shape the creation of an exciting new tool for homeschool families.
3. You’re helping a homeschool family launch a dream.
Phillip and Lanaya, the husband-wife team behind this project, have been homeschooling their four children for over a decade. For almost a year they have been dreaming and planning Flexible School Schedule. With your help, they can make that dream a reality!
Support the Flexible School Schedule Kickstarter today!