“Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
God has really been working on me lately in the area of diligence…again. I have fantastic intentions, but rather poor follow through. However, my lack of follow through these days isn’t due to being lazy, but rather to lack of planning.
I was somewhat surprised by the responses when the question of lesson plans came up in a crowd of homeschool moms recently. Most of the mothers there balked at the idea of planning and many of the moms readily admitted they just sort of fly by the seat of their pants most of the time.
A few months ago, I probably would have joined in the scoffing of planning, but not today.
All of you know how I feel about the unrealistic expectations homeschool moms put on themselves; however, I do believe planning is a crucial part of bringing a solid heart, mind and soul education to your children.
So, this past weekend, I put together a plan using these planning pages. I wrote out one for each child including the toddlers since I had been wanting to give them more “face time” with mama and planning it made it more likely I would actually do it.
I realized two things as I wrote out these plans:
1. I have many ideas swirling in my head, but when it comes to actually pulling them from my brain and implementing them, I fall flat on my face.
2. I have way more ideas than I have time for, and seeing them on paper forced me to rein them in.
Once the lesson plans were complete, I tucked them into my School Binder and slept like a baby.
Monday morning dawned, we pulled out the lesson plans and got moving. By Tuesday, we were behind. Why?
Because plans are useless.
However, remember the second part of that quote?
Planning is indispensable.
I had done the act of planning. I had created guidelines. The lesson plans did not own me, so when my sons were presented the opportunity to visit a space museum on Tuesday that would require their school work be put off for the day, I didn’t fuss and fret. I made a mental note and moved on.
Lesson planning doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It can be as simple as jotting down a few ideas for the week on a piece of notebook paper or putting sticky notes with assignments in everyone’s books. Whatever method you choose will create more accountability and more focus. Because simply put…
If you plan nothing, you might want to expect just that…nothing.