Is Homeschool Lesson Planning Eating Up Your Time?

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Are you trying to find more hours in the day, unable to find just a few minutes to spend chatting about life with your teenage daughter, play games with your middle school son, or bake cookies with your preschool kids because you’re spending every free moment lesson planning?

Lesson planning can eat up hours a day. There’s the time to research what should be included, find appropriate books, read the books to ensure everything is included. Then you still need to write the lesson plans. You spend your evenings locked in your bedroom frantically trying to plan tomorrow’s homeschool, while your family is curled up downstairs munching popcorn and watching movies together.

Summers are busy. You research the perfect science plans to ensure your 8th grader will be ready for high school. You spend hours agonizing over which books your children should read for history.

Finally everything is set and you begin the new school year.

  • Literature is too hard for your 3rd grade son.
  • Science is too easy for your daughter.
  • The kids loathe the history books.

It’s back to the drawing board; evenings are spent planning in the bedroom instead of with your family.

What if I told you there’s a better way? A method that would give you a plan that would allow you to enjoy long discussions with your teenage daughter about her goals and dreams for life. You could bake cookies with your preschoolers, take long walks, and play games with your kids. You’ll have time to garden, bake bread, and go out to coffee with your husband.

You’ll have a life again when you stop doing lesson planning.

Is Homeschool Lesson Planning Eating Up Your Time?The solution is to use a boxed curriculum, and let it do all the planning for you. All you have to do is order the appropriate books, find a spot to store them, and spend 15 minutes each day reviewing tomorrow’s lesson.

Lesson planning becomes as simple as the ABCs and 1-2-3s. When your boxed curriculum arrives, simply grab a cup of coffee, and spend an enjoyable afternoon with your kids thumbing through the books.

A boxed curriculum will also inspire you to follow rabbit trails. It introduces my children to ancient Egypt. The next day the kids are creating pyramids, reading books on mummies, and watching documentaries with me. When we cover weather, the children disappear to create a weather station and study the clouds.

Since I’m no longer worried about my child’s science curriculum, I’m able to invest in science kits to augment to curriculum. I have the energy to deal with the mess in the kitchen that comes from experimentation because I wasn't up late the night before searching for the perfect lesson plan and putting holds on books at the library.

The time is there to do science projects, read historical fiction in the evenings, and enjoy artwork at lunch. We’re able to slip out of the house in the afternoons for long nature walks.

The children and I can bake cookies, have tea, and hold long discussions. I don’t have to worry about skipping something critical, instead I can sit back and enjoy learning with my children.

Doesn’t that sound so much better than spending your summers, holidays, and Sunday nights buried under a pile of books, watching your family disappear out the door without you?

Enjoy life. Use a boxed curriculum.

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About the Author


Sara Dennis is a homeschooling mother of 6 children ages 4 through 18. After much research into homeschooling in 2000, she and her husband fell in love with classical education and used it as the foundation for their homeschool.  Sara Dennis blogs at Classically Homeschooling.