I have finally accepted something I have been fighting for years...life? It happens. And rarely does it ever happen the way we think it should or will. I have spent years trying to figure out the best way to prepare for our school years, weeks, and days. No matter what I try one thing is always painfully obvious - even the best laid plans don't always work out. Typically, when there is an unexpected change in our schedule, I spend quite a bit of time rescheduling lessons and figuring out how to be flexible without falling painfully behind.
I've decided to stop using my homeschool planning software (I use HST Plus and have for years) in spite of the fact that I absolutely LOVE it and there are so many awesome things I can do with it. I am going to start using a different system that I am pulling together from several different sources.
Last year I purchased Donna Young's Young Minds CD-rom. I purchased it about the time that she was finalizing her Homeschool Planner V2 that is essentially a very intuitive, well organized excel worksheet. The thing that has kept me from using it thus far is that it just doesn't have all the bells and whistles HST Plus does. But do you know what? THAT'S OK! It does the basics of what I NEED, without being overly complicated. That's where I'm at right now. I need thing's to be as uncomplicated as possible.
I recently started taking online college courses again. I am pursuing my BA in English, which I will eventually turn over into a Masters and possible even a PhD in order to teach at the college level. I won't get too deep into it in this post, but I will share more about coming to this decision in a later post. Obviously, I don't have as much time to spend organizing, prepping, and keeping records for homeschool. I am not trying to do it all by any means, but I thought for a long time about how I was going to fit college into our already hectic lifestyle and I am making it work, but I have accepted that some things just have to change.
So that's where I am at and I just wanted to share. There are lots of changes going on around here and I promise, these posts are coming as well.