The Two-Hat Homeschool Planning Method for a Stress-Free School Year

There you sit, still trying to make yourself wake up all the way. Your coffee cup is somewhere getting cold (maybe it's still in the microwave from the last time you re-heated it). And you're slumped over at the table with a big stack of curriculum in front of you.

It's 10 am and you haven't even started your homeschool day. It isn't so much that the work is overwhelming. There's a lot to do, to be sure. It's the decision fatigue that has you mentally pinned to the ground.

Math. Definitely need to do some math. Because, well, that's the most important, right? But the kids are not going to be excited about starting the day with math.

So maybe ... read aloud? But which one? There's the third book in the series you've been working through ... or the historical fiction that came with your history curriculum. Or maybe some of both?

Or maybe you should start by finding your coffee so your brain cells can play nicely together and you can actually figure out what to do ... and maybe even do some of it?

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Can Someone Else Tell Me What to Do?

Life used to be so simple when someone else was the boss. When you were a teen babysitter, the parents of the kids you were watching decided what they'd eat for dinner, what movies they could watch, and when they needed to head to bed. You had to do the work, but the choices were made for you.

Maybe you worked in an office and your manager set the goals and the schedule. You just had to show up and do the things.

And now you're daydreaming about having a homeschool "boss" - someone else who can make the big decisions and just tell you what to do. You wouldn't mind the work so much if it wasn't for the decision fatigue!

Don't Sacrifice Your Autonomy

I mean, honestly? Someone else can tell you what to do. You can buy a boxed curriculum and just follow all the steps to the letter. You could even enroll your children in a traditional school where someone else makes all the choices and you just help with homework.

But there's a reason you decided to homeschool.

Families choose to homeschool for lots of different reasons, but one of the most fundamental is that they want to have more say in what their children learn and how they learn it.

Even when you've tried the "open and go" curriculum, it needed tweaking and modifying, because your kids are their own unique people and your family has it's own gifts, obligations ... and attention spans.

If only you could clone yourself. One of you could be the manager and decision maker. And the other could be the day-to-day carrier out of plans.

Here's the next best thing.

Wear One Hat at a Time

You can't clone yourself, but you can choose to wear just one hat at a time.

During the summer (or other natural break time from school) you can wear the "planner" hat. You can research, organize and - most importantly - make decisions.

Then, during the school year, you can take off the "planner" hat, set it aside, and put on the "teacher" hat and focus all of your energy on pouring into the little souls in your care.

The plans are all laid out. Someone else (the other you) already did the planning. Now you just have to follow through!

Homeschooling is tough. And you're going to wear a lot of hats during the year anyway (all moms do). But when it comes to the homeschooling, divide and conquer by wearing just one hat at a time.

Let me show you how.

Put Your Homeschool Year on Autopilot

My friend Pam Barnhill has created a fantastic online course called "Put Your Homeschool Year on Autopilot". The purpose is to give you the tools and the steps you need to successfully wear your "planning" hat during the summer so that you can put it aside and pour your energy into wearing your "teacher" hat during the school year.

Pam's clear, concise video lessons are full of sound, practical tips without all the distracting fluff. She'll help you cut right to the chase, ask the right questions and consider the factors that really matter to set up your "teacher" self for a smooth, solid school year.


Just because you're wearing the "planning" hat so that you can be the boss of your own homeschool domain doesn't mean that you have to go it alone. This online class will walk you through the ten essential steps to getting a workable homeschool plan in place:


Crafting your vision


Setting child-specific goals


Making those curriculum decisions


Picking an annual schedule


Designing a weekly and daily schedule


Making procedure lists to personalize the curriculum


Fleshing out plans that are workable and flexible


Getting organized


Strategies for making the plans happen


Building in regular review and adjustment

The course is designed to be used at your own pace with community support so that you can ask your questions and get input from other homeschool moms just like you.

Once you register, you'll have lifetime access to all resources, including any bonuses or additions that come in the future so that you can use this system summer after summer to get yourself set for another solid homeschool year!


Lynna Sutherland is a homeschool mother of eight always-homeschooled kiddos ranging in age from high school to kindergarten. She loves to encourage parents in the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling and offer creative ways to manage a large family and a multi-age homeschool!

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