Did August kind of sneak up on you this year? I’m hard pressed to accept that summer is waning already. Yet, the calendar doesn’t usually purposely try to psych me out, so I suppose that means that it really is back-to-homeschool time. Let’s not panic though, shall we? Instead, let’s explore some things we can do to make sure this high school year is the most organized EVER.
Whether this is your first year homeschooling, or your twenty-first, you likely still have some reason you’re doing this, right? See if you can pin down that reason into words, which is a great start to a mission statement for the coming year. By reminding yourself of the reason you’re homeschooling, you open up to concrete actual goals you want to accomplish. Do you want to see your daughter gain life skills? Is it your plan to support your son in his desire to start his own business? Do you want to focus on career exploration this year?
And once your mission statement and goals are laid out, it’s time to start breaking those up into manageable month-by-month tasks that are able to be accomplished. Or if you want to get SUPER organized, maybe even weekly tasks!
Like you needed one! But seriously, a homeschool parent’s favorite two words should be “Pin it” – – especially when doing research for the coming school year. That’s because Pinterest is just about the perfect visual research tool for homeschooling, Why? Well, I’m so glad you asked…
My overall homeschool organization tool of choice has definitely become Google Drive. Not only is it free (can everyone say “Squee”?!), but it handles just about every organizational task with ease and can be accessed on any device. Here are just a few of the ways you can use Google Drive to keep your head above water during the homeschool year:
My final smidge of wisdom to share about making the upcoming high school year organized is to plan for organization. By that, I mean scheduling at least an hour a week into your calendar specifically for the purpose of staying organized. This hour can be used on anything that keeps you on task: research, record-keeping, lesson-planning, etc. Organization is never a one-trip salad bar kind of deal – – it’s a commitment to consistently measure your week-to-week accomplishments against the goals you had for this year (see where that mission statement comes in handy??) and seeing where you are compared with where you’d like to be.
For even more ideas on keeping your high school homeschool year organized, check out the Resources and Planning section at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com.