The time has finally come.  

I have prayed, asked for advice, read every article under the sun and pinned like a madwoman on Pinterest.

I am at peace and settled with the decision of homeschooling.

The decision to homeschool hasn’t been an easy one, but it is one that I am ready to take on.

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I am so excited to get started!  

After my decision was made to homeschool, the planning process began.

I’m not talking about lesson planning.  I’m talking about backward planning.

Because we unschool, I don’t plan out lessons.  But, I do have certain values and skills that I would like to encourage in my kids.

Most of our subjects are intertwined and very much based on my children’s interests.

My binder set, Unschooling With Purpose, is available now!  You can grab it here!  

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Raising children to be successful adults does take planning and intention.

My plan is created with the end goal in mind.

My backward planning guide is meant to be a “reverse engineered” approach that starts out with what you want your children to learn socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and in your family circle.

After those things are decided, it needs to be broken down into more immediate goals for the upcoming year.

I believe in setting long term, life goals and then breaking them down into more immediate, short term goals.

If our short-term goals aren’t met, it is not something I am going to be stressed over, but we will assess and revisit those goals to make sure they are met at some point.  

While I am a huge proponent of the unschooling way of life, I do believe that attention should be paid to your child’s progress.

This is important because it puts up red flags for any sort of true learning disability that could be taking place.


Here is how I am planning for our first year of homeschooling:

The Big Picture   

Set long term goals

What LIFE LONG LESSONS do I want my children to learn?


Bible stories
money sense
helping others
respect of nature

Life skills in:
math, reading, writing, science and history
foreign language
sports they enjoy
fine arts they enjoy
love for adventure and travel


Set short term goals

What SHORT TERM LESSONS do I need to facilitate THIS SCHOOL YEAR in order to reach the long term goal?


*money sense in the long run is not going to look like opening a checking account in kindergarten.  A more realistic goal in kindergarten would be to be able to identify and write numerals in the first semester, and then possibly identifying change and paper money in the second semester.

*helping others in adulthood stems from a great model in childhood.  In order to help others, we must be taught how to do so.  In kindergarten it might look like making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,  with mom and dad, to feed to the homeless.  In high school, it could be delivering “Meals on Wheels”.


While this style of backward planning may seem simple, it really does benefit the vision of your homeschooling.


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Comment below with how you’ve used the planner.  How has it helped you focus on your children’s goals?

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