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How do I plan for a new school year?

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And more specifically….how do I plan for a new school year that I will be using Experience-Based Learning (aka “EBL”)??

Excellent question….I’m still actually figuring this out myself. Every year…no joke…my planning and prepping changes. Someday maybe I’ll get a system that works well enough to not have to tweak regularly…but I’m not there yet.

At least I’m at the point finally where I’m no longer having to do an entire revamp of my whole system every year!   *Pat pat* (patting self on back)  We’ve finally landed on a system that works, EBL.

But back to the “How to”…..

Aw hell, I’m figuring this out as I write this….


My Planning Process (For a New Homeschool Year)

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My (Fantasy) Homeschool Planning Steps

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This was a post that I created last school year, shortly after the year got underway…(had to have been October 2014 since I make mention that my daughter wasn’t yet 14) and I was all gung-ho still and things were going spiffy with my new Experience-Based Learning system. I wrote it in anticipation of how I was going to be doing my planning….and never published it because it never actually happened this way, LOL!

BUT…I think there’s some value in the info below…I’m now going to take this fantasy plan, tweak it to the new year and TRY TRY AGAIN!!!

What do you think? Is there something here that might be useful to you? Might you find some idea that you could use in the upcoming new school year to help with your own planning? Have at it!! I wish you well! And leave me a comment below if you do make good on YOUR plan! You’ll be one step ahead of me!!

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Rebooting for a new year

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So my Purge and Clean is done for the summer….yes, I sucked at blogging about it…maybe I’ll drag out some more pics and blog some more about it soon, if I can find the time…but suffice it to say that I KICKED some serious BUTT on my house!  I am VERY PLEASED with the outcome!!

If you’d like to see my completely thorough spreadsheet of all that I did this summary, check it out here. I tweaked it constantly all summer, and continue to tweak as I work through it, adding notes on what I accomplished and what I plan to accomplish. It’s really helped me stay focused and makes me feel good to see all that I did accomplish.

A-Ha Moment!

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PeacefulParentHappyKids-Cover-final1-682x1024So, I’m re-listening to the book “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” by Dr. Laura Markham right now….I ran out of audiobooks to listen to, and I thought now would be a good time to re-listen to this seriously EXCELLENT book that was just life changing for me…but it was starting to fade from my memory and I needed a reminder as I gear up to start a new homeschool year.

So, as I’m listening, I’m keeping in mind how her parenting advice can apply to not just parenting, but specifically to homeschooling…and I just had an “a-HA moment”, as I listened to this part:
(emphasis mine)

“But try as we might, all of us sometimes have less than optimal interactions with our children…and our relationship balance dips into the red. That’s when children develop attitude. Whether they’re 2, or 10.

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2015 Great Summer Purge and Clean: The Kitchen

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Weeks 2 and 3 were The Kitchen…dun dun DUUUUUUUUNNNNNN!!!

My kitchen was seriously TUH. RASHED! (trashed)  It was. For real. I didn’t take any before pics. Intentionally. It was embarassing.  Our family is horrible about cleaning up after ourselves in the kitchen, so it was gross, y’all. But I knew it would get cleaned, so I didn’t stress….I knew all would be well again. And it is!! I once again have a (mostly) clean kitchen! Ok, it’s a bit messy again, but it’s nothing that 10min in there can’t take care of it….and that’s where I like it. Easily clean-upable. Well, except the floor. But we won’t go there. Floors are the bane of my existence….don’t get me started….