Planning Your Homeschool

When it comes to planning your homeschool, you can do it the simple way or the complicated way. Most homeschoolers overcomplicate their planning. They make it much more stressful than it needs it be! And they focus on all the wrong things.

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However you choose to homeschool, it’s always good to have an idea of where you’re starting the year and where you want to go. A detailed plan of the whole year isn’t necessary – in fact, that can get in your way.

So let’s simplify it. Let’s take a different approach and take out all the stuff that doesn’t matter – focusing on what does matter.

I’ve created a FREE guide for you to download that will walk you through the things that matter and the things that don’t matter when it comes to planning your homeschool.

Grab this FREE Homeschool Planning Guide


So you’ve downloaded the guide… what else do you need?


Set aside some time to plan. A few uninterrupted evenings, an afternoon at a coffee shop, or a night away at a hotel to completely focus. Homeschooling is an important job, so you need to set aside the appropriate time to plan for it!


Every homeschool should have a vision. Build your homeschool on the foundation of your beliefs, priorities, and values – not on the curriculum!

If you need help with this, check out Delight Filled Homeschool – this course will help you build a homeschool that fits your family.

As a believer, I also pray and ask the Lord for His guidance over my homeschool every year. I walk through this process over in my Cultivate Your Home membership.

Planning Supplies

Planner or Calendar

A detailed plan for the year is definitely not necessary, but having a physical space to plan will help you have an overview of where you’re going.


You’re going to want space to brainstorm, right down ideas, make lists, etc. I like to use a new notebook every year, so that I have plenty of space to write things down.


Gather up the books that you want to read with your kids and any curriculum you’re hoping to use. Open the websites of any curriculum you’re considering, so that you can look at the options to see if they’re a good fit.

Books that can help planning your homeschool:

I love to re-read or look over some of these books before I begin my homeschool planning every year. Some of them are a bit more inspirational, and others are more practical.

Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp

Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson

Project-Based Homeschooling by Lori McWilliam Pickert

The Four Hour School Day by Durenda Wilson

Need more homeschooling resources? Check out these pages: