Sometimes I wonder if I spend just as much time looking for the perfect planner as I do picking out curriculum for my kids.
I’m so thankful for moms that share their printable planners, but then when I look at them, the organization doesn’t always make sense to me. We all work so differently.
What I do love is the wealth of options that are now available out there. With each contribution to the homeschooling community, we have a better chance of finding that perfect fit.
The following is a post showcasing Flexible Homeschool Schedule. I have been compensated for my time, and as always, all opinions are my own.
You may have heard of Lanaya Gore, the author of Laying Down the Rails, Delightful Reading kits, and other Charlotte Mason curriculum options sold at SimplyCharlotteMason.com. Well, her and her husband are designing a planning app for homeschoolers called Flexible Homeschool Schedule!
Charlotte Mason homeschool planning
Most apps I’ve seen work quite well with assigning specific assignments to specific dates, but with using living books there isn’t always clearly defined Lesson 1, Lesson 2, etc. so it’s been hard to find a good fit.
For us, I need part journal, part planner, and I need it to be easy to use on my Kindle Fire.
For subjects like Literature, prophet’s tales, or Qur’an memorization, I just need to write down where we left off. Simple in theory, but not actually simple with other apps I’ve tried.
Additionally, with Charlotte Mason homeschooling, many people find that there aren’t enough spaces in a typical planner for the 20 or so subjects for each kid!
Homeschool batch planning
I plan in batches. I love to just bunker down and get a full term’s assignments in a planner and then just coast from there. The issue is that then things get muddled when life happens. Maybe we’re not feeling well, maybe there’s a family emergency, or maybe we jumped on an impromptu field trip to a museum.
I like planning, but I don’t want to lose the freedom of spontaneity that homeschooling allows, too.
Flexible School Schedule allows for you to make goals for each term, and then keeps track of your progress along the way. Whether you do lesson 10 in math on Monday, Tuesday, or another day, it doesn’t matter, and you’ll still be able to keep track of how you’re working toward your end goal.
As I’m looking at the mock ups of the app design, what stuck out to me is how it fit almost perfectly with my workflow to plan out a Charlotte Mason homeschool schedule. See for yourself:
You may have noticed I said “mock up.” Yes, this app is in the design stage.
So, why am I even sharing about it?
Here’s the thing: if you donate to the Kickstarter campaign you can help with giving feedback about the app! Want an app that works for you? Then be part of the process!
Reasons to give:
You want to use this product
Flexible School Schedule is unique because it is designed around the pace of each child and the life of the family, not rigid dates and times on a calendar. It’s structured enough to keep you on track but flexible enough to let life happen.
You get to influence the development of this tool
People who support Flexible School Schedule are getting in on the ground floor. They have the opportunity to influence and shape the creation of an exciting new tool for homeschool families.
You’re helping a homeschool family launch a dream
Phillip and Lanaya have been homeschooling their four children for over a decade. For almost a year they have been dreaming and planning Flexible School Schedule. With your help they can make that dream a reality.
Donate today to get early access and help design this unique tool for your homeschool planning!