Deadlines are awesome.

I’m up to my waist in preparation for our little baby #4 to arrive.

At the time I’m writing this we have between 4-6 weeks left before we can expect her make her appearance. Nothing like a baby to create a big deadline.

I’m nesting. The wonderful and irrational have become a normal part of my everyday.

Nesting brings about some unique and seemingly irrational behaviors in pregnant women and all of them experience it differently.

Since I’m not a new kid on the block when it comes to this stage of pregnancy, I’m accepting the helpful parts of nesting (cleaning, organizing, decluttering) and I’m trying to reject the counter productive parts.

Women have reported throwing away perfectly good sheets and towels because they felt the strong need to have “brand new, clean” sheets and towels in their home. They have also reported doing things like taking apart the knobs on kitchen cupboards, just so they could disinfect the screws attached to the knobs.” 

There’s so much to do, and so little time. It’s definitely the procrastinator’s dream situation because there is no shortage of adrenaline when thinking through all the things that have to be done now.

So what does this mean for homeschooling?

I’ve decided that the baby’s arrival is not only the deadline for all the things I need to prepare for our home, but it is also the deadline for having next year’s homeschool plan prepared.

I realize that it isn’t popular to line up all the next year’s resources this far in advance. For goodness’ sake, most people aren’t finished with their current year yet – It’s May! But we’ve worked hard this past year, and we’ve been finished with the bulk of our curriculum load for weeks now, and so it feels natural to get the new stuff out now to review instructor’s guides, introductions, and user guides.

Baby or not, late spring is my favorite time to decide what we will do and how we will do it for the next year.

Because:

  • Strengths, weaknesses, and limitations are still fresh in my mind
  • Interests have emerged through what we studied that were different or more developed
  • I have fear of procrastination and this early “get it done” time frame works for me
  • I make bad decisions when I get overwhelmed (see this for proof)

So, over the next few posts I’m going to be sharing my year planning tips in short and sweet chunks. I’ll be writing primarily for the benefit of those who have never tackled planning for a whole year before because I recognize that when you’re planning for the very first time you’re in the most need of practical, step-by-step tips. (If you aren’t a first-timer, I would love for you to engage in the comments to add your tips and suggestions too. Thanks in advance!)

Plus, you may have similar feelings to the first time pregnant mama who is excited and scared to death at the same time. You’ve been carrying the desire, calling, and/or conviction to home educate your child(ren) and soon it will be time to “start.” To deliver all the training, resources, and tools. All you need is a deadline to get it done.

And trust me, you don’t want to wait until August.

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