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Why Staying Organized in Your Homeschool is Important

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When I first started homeschooling I miscalculated my success rate. I was excited about the freedom that homeschooling would afford our family. I envisioned a wrinkle-free environment where my kids would willingly love learning from me, would be enthusiastic to be home, and would not face bullies or disenchanted teachers.

They received a determined mom in the beginning, but 6 months in, I was a momster momniac struggling to get through the day and to put dinner on the table. I realized that no structured order in my home meant utter chaos. Even in the freedom that homeschooling allows, some organization is exactly what we need to succeed and just frankly, not throw in the towel.

I decided that something had to give. I should have known better. As an early education teacher, I knew that every year, the beginning of the year needed to start with a set routine and a set of rules to follow before I even thought about teaching lessons. Why I thought schooling would be different for my own children just boggles my mind now. Well, we live and we learn.

The honest truth is that you can plan to “get organized” and take steps to plan your homeschool, but then the house cleaning flops or dinner doesn’t get done on time. Then what? It is important to realize that at that very moment we decide everything is too much, we also easily forget the very reason why we decided to homeschool in the first place.

In whatever space you find yourself in today, whether it be spending hours on one lesson that should have taken you 15 minutes or your laundry is piling up miles high, some organization will help you tremendously. Taking steps to get organized didn’t help me immediately, and you will see that it won’t have lasting effects either. Let me explain.

Usually, when I find myself out of sorts, I can trace it back to putting my MAIN priority in the back burner. My son is super hyperactive. Even with cutting out red dyes and sugar during the week, along with assuring he gets ample sleep time at night, he still can’t sit still for long periods of time. God love him, he would rather be knee deep in the dirt and playing rugby any day, especially during homeschool.

His reading lessons were taking me all day; it literally had me in tears. I couldn’t attend to his needs and deal with my home at the same time. I had to face the day knowing dinner wasn’t getting ready on time or housework wouldn’t be getting done the way I liked. My son was overwhelmed, I was a momster momniac, and my daughter was being ignored. Why did I think I would be soo good at this homeschool thing?

Oh, that is right! I knew that the Lord would get me through. I trusted, when we first made the homeschool plunge, that this was the Lord’s will and I trusted Him to finish the good work he started. If I knew that was true, then why wasn’t I turning, better yet running to him for help?

In my time with the Lord, I read about God being a God of order. I have talked to people about this plenty of times in the context of order during the assembly of believers. I knew that the Lord was meticulously detailed and exemplified order to us in his good word. I knew it was true for a body of believers but ignored that it might be true in my home as well.

God ‘s Word is everlasting and living water. It truly provides guidance for us in our everyday lives. He showed me that I could apply order to my home and homeschool. There would be blessing in the obedience to follow his word and guidance.

Paul advises the Corinthian church, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). If we stop for a moment to contemplate just how this applies to our life we would see that it would benefit us to bow the knee and ask the Lord to help us bring order into our homes.

God’s creation was perfect, the sun sets and rises without a change. His divine nature is weaved throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. God’s blatant unfolding of order in scriptures lets us know that without it, chaos will soon follow.

A key to getting organized lies with the PLANNING stage. God was a perfect and good planner. God prepared a way for us and purposed us to be his handiwork (Ephesians 2:10). Having an understanding of his plan, along with how he establishes our steps beforehand (Proverbs 16:9), gives us a clear picture of how intentional we should be about organizing our home; the first ministry that was assigned to us.

The Bible as a whole is a great plan of salvation for us all, Ephesians 1:5 -6 tells us that God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

I understood how it really does bring great pleasure to bless my children and home with a plan that will organize them both. Knowing that our good Father exemplified order for us helps us to submit the chaos to him and to establish an organized home. We know this obedience would please the Lord, and everything else will stem from that.

After realizing that he would be pleased with me seeking him first in my home, my next step was finding a tool to help me. Even the Proverbs 31 women needed help!

Homeschool Planet provides a planner that would help you keep your home schedule and homeschool organized. A few of our most popular features include automatic rescheduling assignments, having your home, school, and work schedules in one place, customizable grading/attendance/reporting, and daily/weekly reminders.

Homeschool Planet is an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner you can use on multiple devices and doesn’t require much effort to learn.

Check out Homeschool Planet to help you calm the chaos with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

 

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How Planning Homeschool and Life in One Place Can Calm the Chaos

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There were times a couple of years’ back that I just wanted to cry—a lot. I don’t know if any of you out there have ever been there. I am not (nor was I ever) the run of the mill soccer game drop off, gooey cookie making, hot-yoga meditating mom. Most of the time, I was a mess. I still don’t usually get up and put my face on or sip a cup of tea, and read God’s Word before the children wake up. I am a shower, brush my teeth, make breakfast, clean while hearing the Bible on audio, work-at-home, and do it all over again the next day type of mom.

I felt as if someone could have (I am sure you have been there too) looked up the word chaotic in the dictionary and my photo would be there. Messy hair, different color socks, my son reading me his book out loud, my daughter playing her ukulele or complaining about her little brother, cooking breakfast while the teapot is steaming, and tripping over the books on the floor. My life =chaos.

When it came to homeschooling, I knew that I couldn’t handle one more thing. It is that one more thing that can tip us over. I remember one day not being able to find my keys. We had to go to our co-op, things just kept going wrong in that morning, and lo and behold– I couldn’t find my keys. I just sat down on the porch and cried. My kids just stared at me thinking, “What in the world is wrong with mom?”  I really hope no one else has had a “just plop on a chair and cry moment”. However, if you have, know you are not alone. I am with you.

Things get better, life gets better. These moments pass. Yet to prepare, you have to put steps into place. That is what I did. I couldn’t take having a life where that “one more thing” would put me over the edge.

When I was in the corporate world, I thrived on organization and order. I was known for my attention to detail and timeliness. Why couldn’t I seem to get it together at home? I knew that order and organization actually brought me joy. I came to realize that when I had my chaotic days like the one I mentioned above, I most likely can trace it back to not planning well, sleeping later than I should have, or skipping a routine here and there.

I needed order in my life, and in my homeschool life. I had to admit that not having structure was affecting my daily life and my homeschooling. My best friend mentioned that she had started using an online planner for her homeschool. I decided to check it out, but it actually blew me away when I realized that I could actually use it for…my life. Yes, I wanted to get my children on a regular schedule. I wanted a place to organize their lessons and remind them about assignments, but before that—mama needed some organization of her own. Organizing my life and homeschooling has completely calmed my chaos. I really work well, with life in order and in balance. The best part is, if something in life throws us off course, we know exactly what we need to make up or catch up on.

It is totally “OK” to get off course because Homeschool Planet can get us back on track.

You can read more here on how others were able to calm their chaos with Homeschool Planet. Above all else, it is important to understand that God also is order. He is a steady foundation when life throws us to and fro. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust . . . —Psalm 18:2 We don’t have to accept chaos in our lives as normal.

We have the life of Christ as an example of obedience and self-sacrificial love as a guide. We truly can rest in Him. Yes, we have seasons when our lives seem out of control. Oh, how I wished instead on plopping to the floor and crying, I would have dropped to my knees in prayer. We can go off course, yet God meets us exactly where we are, messy hair or not.

If you know you need some order in your homeschool and life, know that there is a tool you can use to help keep things together… and there is a God out there that holds it all in the palm of His hand.

Check out Homeschool Planet to help you calm the chaos with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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Homeschool Planet is…A Big Bomb of Awesomeness

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Lindsey from Talking Mom2Mom is the homeschool blogger providing this review. Lindsey is a stay at home, work from home mom to six children who are ten years and younger. Lindsey’s blog is full of goodies including a homeschool mom podcast, free homeschooling resources, and recipes your whole family will love. Her Talking Mom2Mom podcast is full of topics that impact moms with understanding, encouragement, and humor.

Lindsey’s review explains how Homeschool Planet is literally, the “control center” for the busy mom. She has been using the Homeschool Planet to keep life organized since the fall of 2016, and she hasn’t looked back since. Her experience was that she felt as if Homeschool Planet knew what she needed before she even knew what she needed. That is exactly why Homeschool Planet was made.

It sometimes feels like we wish we knew what we don’t already know, so our lives can be made easier. Wouldn’t you like to know how Homeschool Planet can keep you organized, in ways you didn’t know needed organizing?

“I have been using Homeschool Planet since the Fall of 2016. After reading a few reviews I knew I had found my match. I was in love with all of its intuitive features. It was like they knew what I needed before I knew what I needed.”

Click here to read this full review on Homeschool Planet from a faithful client, Lindsey from Talking Mom2Mom.

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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I Can Breathe Again Because of Homeschool Planet

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Today we are highlighting a review from homeschool blogger Richele with TalkingMom2Mom. She is a mom of four children from elementary age to adult. You can find all sorts of great homeschooling resources on her blog ranging from free homeschool printables, character training resources, and tools for the homeschool mom to a Charlotte Mason inspired unit on Shakespeare.

In Richele’s review, she talks about how she loves Homeschool Planet for helping her plan high school lessons and organizing her homeschool. She talks about 3 reasons that she loves using Homeschool Planet for homeschool record keeping during the high school years.

Did you know that Homeschool Planet can generate your homeschool high school transcripts? Yep, it’s true.

“Honestly, this is the best planner I have used since it combines every aspect of my family. It’s a one-stop shop, a control center, or a family hub. No matter what you call it, I call it a year low on stress and high on organization…”

Click here to read this review on Homeschool Planet from Richele at Talking Mom2Mom

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!