Planning Your School Year – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,
As we are on this side of the 4
th of July, many of us are starting to think about school again. Most years, I start school somewhere in the first two weeks of August. How about you?

Since I did end my school year and even did videos of it, I am in a good place to start formulating my plans. If you have not decluttered your school stuff from this past year, watch my videos. You can declutter your homeschool papers and books a little bit at a time, but you need to get started soon.

Here is how I start my planning:

  • Review last year’s test scores to identify areas we need to work on.
  • Talk to my husband about goals for the children.
  • Talk to the children about the goals and interests.
  • Start making a book list.
  • Look to see what I already have on hand.
  • Order any books that I need for them.
  • Start formulating a loose yearly plan. What do we want to study in the fall? What do we want to study in the spring?
Look for any field trips that I want to do that goes with our topics.
About a week before we start school, I will write up a brief lesson plan for each of the boys.
The first week of school, I slowly introduce them to each of their subjects and new books. We talk about how it will be divided up.

I don’t plan the whole year at once. Too much can happen. I just figure out how many pages or lessons need to be done in a 36 week school year.

I use a composition book and a paper calendar. I am very simple in my planning. That way I don’t feel like a failure the first time someone is sick, and we go off plan.

Tell me about your plans for the school year. I will be homeschooling grades 11, 9, and 6.

Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter mismatched socks.

Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

My menu plan for Thursday is fish for the boys and chicken and a salad for me.

Have a great day!

FlyLady Tami

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at


Planning Your School Year – Getting Organized — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Tami! Just curious what testing system you use and when you started testing. I’m always interested to hear what veteran homeschoolers think about testing. We haven’t started yet and I’m a bit nervous! Thanks!

    • Hi, Stephanie,

      In North Carolina, I have a list of state recognized standardized tests to choose from. I have to administer one each year from the time my student turns 7 until they reach age 16. I have used the online version of the California Achievement Test the most, and I get it from Christian Liberty Press. If I did not have to test The for the state law requirement, I probably would not do it. I know what my students know, and I know where they are weak. The test does verify it.

      Have a great day! Tami

      • That makes a lot of sense. I sort of feel the same. I feel like the test would mostly just be telling me how well they can take a test! Thx for your wisdom.

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