The Plans of a Homeschool Mom

In two days we start our first day of school for the 2013 - 2014 year. We will be diving into my tweaked mash up of Memoria Press and Brave Writer and I thought I had the perfect plan to get us started. 

You see, I'm not great at planning. I will write at least a dozen plans onto paper, in OneNote or into a spreadsheet before the year is over, but I always get sidetracked. We always pick up a different book that is interesting at the time or go off on some wild experiment. We are unschoolers at heart.  

With Matt heading into 5th grade this year though, I felt it was time for just a little more structure. I stress the word little.  

My loose schedule, with max times to spend on each subject, I shared on my curriculum post for the year. It has changed some since I wrote it already, but we surely won't be following it this coming week!

My loose schedule, with max times to spend on each subject, I shared on my curriculum post for the year. It has changed some since I wrote it already, but we surely won't be following it this coming week!

I had plans to spend the mornings with lots of read aloud books, discussion, games and activities as a family. Leaving the afternoon for any independent work that needed to be completed. 

Then yesterday, the hubs informed me that he needs to work third shift next week because that crew is having issues. The joys of being a newly appointed supervisor! 

That means he will be getting home anywhere between 9 and 11 in the morning. Yeah, bye bye calm family study time. 

He'll try and get some sleep (have you tried sleeping during the day when their are 3 kids home?) between 11 and 6pm and then be off to work again around 9 or 10 at night.  

So what does that mean for our first week of school? I have no clue yet, but it should be interesting! It is also proof that you should take the advice of Lisa, at Tales of Homeschool Family, on scheduling your homeschool to heart. 

It is ever changing and will never look like another families typical day. You just have to roll with it and do what works for you! 

How has your new year been so far? Have your days been what you expected so far or are your rolling with it too this year?