One of the greatest obstacles I faced in beginning homeschooling my children was finding my way in organizing all the resources at my fingertips. It was overwhelming! But I did eventually find my way. Ironically, the simple approach to planning and life was what best suited my family.
In the beginning I made the mistake of trying to teach my children 6 hours a day. I over scheduled and over planned and burnt myself out by week 4! Then one day I had to face the facts. Our family’s needs outweighed my desire for perfection.
I simplified our days — and life has taken off ever since.
Our family, like yours, is different from everyone else around us. For us, our home is a constant merry-go-round of life each day. We run a business, an international ministry, I’m an author and blogger, and we homeschool and run a community program here as well. Life is FULL. But it’s not meant to be overwhelming.
One piece of gold I have discovered this year is that when life is too overwhelming, it usually means I have taken on burdens that are not mine to carry — or that I am operating outside of the dreams God has for me.
So my goal for our learning is simple: to live a lifestyle of learning. Now, I’m not talking about un-schooling. I’m not that kind of mom. There are many out there and I’m cheering you on. But for us, we want to be focused on what we are going after and intentional about what we are pursing in education. I’m talking about living out the dreams God has for our family while accomplishing our learning goals. These two needs compliment each other rather than competing with each other. See the difference?
Our learning team is Mother Goose Time Curriculum. We absolutely love this company because they have brought so many resources to our fingertips since our learning journey began. As a traveling family, we’ve really been able to customize our learning through their amazing pre-prepped materials. I can’t tell you how much I’m thankful for them!
This is our planning journal and teacher’s guide. These two books are all I need. I love this because instead of having an outside planning book, I can utilize their resources and streamline my approach to planning.
Mother Goose Time gives teachers blank pages in their planning journal to customize your learning and approaches to their products. This is probably one of the greatest resources that MGT has given our family.
I can approach our learning in the exact way that fits us each week. And planning has simplified our lives and made our learning journey that much more exciting.
If you’re a homeschooling family looking to find your way, I’d encourage you to ask yourself if you know your “why” and what you are going after. When you know those things, the sky is the limit.