When the Plans Fly out the Window
As a new homeschooling family we have encountered many instances that PLANS had to be set aside because the madness stepped in. The one thing that has drove me to the edge of the cliff is that my children have been in public school and for lack of better words have been programmed to the structure and the institution of Public Education. Now that we homeschool, I’m constantly reminded that, that is not the way Ms. A or Ms. B does it. Or we do math after reading or we watch a movie on Friday. I have to restrain myself from saying well “We don’t go to XYZ Elementary School anymore and I stayed up to 3:00 am this morning planning out this day and I don’t feel like convincing you that this is how WE do it.
The thing that has been the maddest moments and the most rewarding is when the plans flew out the window and we just enjoyed learning about a particular subject. Once I stopped trying to force a strict planning structure in an informal setting was the moment the madness subsided. I still have my plans because I am a teacher and we were taught to make lesson plans, schedules and routines. I just use these tools a little differently now. They are more of a guide and we try to cover what is planned for the week but we welcome encounters with learning throughout the day and learning happens all the time. Not just when the box says at 10:00 am complete math assignment 2.
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