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When Homeschool Plans Fail

Homeschool Plans FailOn the last day of our beach vacation, we got up early to watch the sunrise.  Sammy had been getting up before the sun each morning and we kept sending him back to bed.  On Thursday night, we planned to get up and watch the sun come up over the Atlantic.  As you can see, it was cloudy.  We laughed and went back to bed for a little while!

Isn’t that just how things can be sometimes?  Even when we think we have everything all perfectly planned out, something out of our control makes the plan useless!  I try to be a glass is half full kind of person.  So when homeschool plans fail, I try to make the best of it!

10 ways to repair failed homeschool plans

  1. Pray and ask God what his plan is for your year.  This isn’t a quick fix, but it will certainly help you see what is important.
  2. Salvage what you can of your plans.  Will some subjects still work? Can you adapt the curriculum to meet your needs?
  3. Focus on the basics – What subjects are the most important to your family?  Get those subjects up and running and add in any extras
  4. Take a short break and use that time to re-plan.
  5. Think back to why you started homeschooling and what your long term goals are.
  6. Ask your kids what is fun for them; what projects, field trips, curriculum did they like in the past and try to work them into the new plan.
  7. Don’t try to keep up with the other homeschool families!  Focus on what works (or doesn’t work) for your family and not about the new curriculum everyone is trying.
  8. Try a new approach - unit study, notebooking, lapbooking, Charlotte Mason, Classical, etc.
  9. Think back to your favorite year of homeschooling.  What made it work? What did you avoid? How can you make those changes for this year?
  10. Lessen your load – Maybe this season in your life has you overworked (new baby, illness, working outside of the home, etc.).  It’s okay to lighten your load and focus on the very basics.

Do you have any other tips for repairing failed homeschool plans?  I would love to hear them in the comments!

Lindsay BytesOfMemory (7 Posts)

Christian, wife, mom, knitter, reader, and wearer of many hats (literal and figurative). I am also a computer geek, homeschool mom, sock sorter, and a blogger. I like coffee, tea, chocolate, Mexican food (not together), and lists!

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Fantastic Foto Field Trips : September Link Up 2013

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How has the 2013-14 school year been going at your house? Have you had time to fit in some nature walks, park days and fun field trips for hands-on learning? I hope so!

We have been pretty bogged down with high school work this year so far, but the hopes are high that we will find a way to fit more outdoor and field-trippy fun into our schedules. I’ve got my eye on a few Texas festivals that I don’t want to miss.

We would love to see where you’ve been!

Your field trip ideas inspire us. Join us here each month (the last Friday of each month) to link up your field trips. Our readers showcase their field trip links, linking recent trips or not-so-recent trips here on our linky tool below. It doesn’t matter how old your link is, but please only post the link to a particular field trip once. Wherever you are going – inquiring homeschool minds want to hear about it (and see pretty pictures!)…


>Rules for linking up:

1. Your Fantastic Foto Fieldtrips post must be about a field trip and must contain photos.

2. There is no date limit on when you posted the article on your blog (ancient stuff from 2005 is acceptable).

3. You can include as many links as you want each month — the more the merrier (wow us!).

4. Do not link back to your main blog page — just the url from the actual field trip post and a title of where it was would be great: example — Sprittibee/Milk Farm

5. Be sure to use the graphic for the meme either in your post or sidebar (or both)

Feel free to browse back through our older Fantastic Foto Fieldtrip posts to find great links and fun picture posts.

Just click on the field trips category on our sidebar and scroll away! We can’t wait to join you on your your adventures.


Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog,

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Apprenticeship In Your Home School

Apprenticeship in Your Homeschool @selftaughtkids @hsbapost


1. One bound by legal agreement to work for another for a specific amount of time in return for instruction in a trade, art, or business.
2. One who is learning a trade or occupation, especially as a member of a labor union.
3. A beginner; a learner.
To place or take on as a beginner or learner.

*Source: The Free Dictionary

Most of us are familiar with the idea of an apprentice (and no, I’m not referring to the popular TV reality show!), but what relevance can it have for us today and what role can it play in our home school?

The system of apprenticeship was developed in the later Middle Ages and was a mechanism for training young men (and even young women) for a specific trade or craft. Formal apprenticeships still exist today, but are not usually available for young people under the age of 17. What value, if any, could an informal apprenticeship provide your homeschooled tween or teen?

This month, my oldest (14 in November), will begin a sort of apprenticeship to a local horse trainer. He discovered an interest in horses this summer, and recently asked for the opportunity to work for this individual in exchange for riding lessons.

An apprenticeship can be a great opportunity to learn useful skills while allowing a young person a safe place to stretch his or her wings and become more independent. At our house, we are big believers in life-learning, and the chance to incorporate work that will require responsibility and accountability is as important as learning history or algebra, in some cases, perhaps more.

If the work is purely volunteer, it’s important that there be a fair exchange, for instance, the above mentioned help around the stables in exchange for riding lessons. Some other ideas for apprenticeships could be: assisting an artist or art teacher in exchange for lessons, learning computer programming or other technical skill in exchange for office help, assisting a carpenter in exchange for the chance to learn how to build. Anything that your child is interested in can be turned into an occasion for developing a new skill under the guidance of a professional. Often, just asking someone you know if they would be willing to take on a young apprentice in exchange for some help in their business is the best way to get your little worker out into the world.

As homeschoolers we often have a unique set of circumstances which allow us to structure our days a little differently. Be open to giving your older homeschooled student a little freedom when choosing how they spend their time, remembering that important life skills and lessons can be learned outside the home as well as inside.

Of course, our children have been apprenticed to us — perhaps (and hopefully) we are training the next generation of homeschool parents!

I’ll leave you with a quote that I saw earlier this week that reminded me of the importance of becoming more than we think we can be. I guess I’m still a work in progress, as we all undoubtedly are. It’s nice to know we’re not finished yet, isn’t it?

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. — Robert Heinlein

Angela (27 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .

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