I have read many homeschooling eBooks through the ages and was expecting the book, Plan to Be Flexible: Designing a Homeschool Rhythm and Curriculum Plan that Works for Your Family by Alicia Kazsuk of VibrantHomeschooling.com to be along the same lines. Set a schedule like this. Plan your curriculum like this. Set your goals like this. However, this was definitely NOT the case; it was so much for FREE-ING than that. Plan to Be Flexible is not your typical 40 page eBook either. It’s nearly 180 pages packed with tons of helpful information. I loved it!
A Few Favorite Take Aways from the Book
There was so much I gather from reading this book that I can’t include it all here, but here are a few of my favorite take-aways that will give you an idea of what you can expect to find in the book:
- Have an end-of-the-year date with your kids and let them tell you what they enjoyed and/or didn’t enjoy and what they’d like to study the next year. Make it special with an invite, restaurant location–you name it. Doesn’t that just sound fun?!
- Worry more about accomplishing specific objectives with your children each year rather than completing a specific curriculum. What’s more important? That they know how to add and subtract, or that they’ve finished their math book?
- Consider setting up your year calendar in Excel. I love this idea and have already started using it. Excel makes it so easy to see everything at once and edit it for the future.
- Consider creating a living, growing subject plan. I’m a planner to a T so this one will probably be a little harder for me to implement. However, I really like the concept. Instead of choosing one activity or book for a subject being presented, consider having several choices ready. This way, you have several options to choose from on any given day depending on the child’s interest, your available resources, and so on.
Additional Homeschool Rhythm Resources
Probably one of my favorite amenities of a good book or a good workshop for that matter, is the list of additional resources provided should I be interested in pursuing a particular topic or subject further. Alicia does a fabulous job of this by providing over 10 pages of additional resources you may want to pursue should her writing peak your interest–everything from curriculum suggestions to free printables and even a few other articles and websites that may be helpful in developing a homeschool rhythm. All that to say, I may have to rethink my top 10 homeschooling books list because this one was fabulous!
How Can I Get This eBook?
Check out Plan to Be Flexible on Amazon for both the Kindle and Paperback editions.