Planning Giveaway!

I have a Giveaway offer for you! As I am deep into my planning for the fall, I am guessing some of you may be too. 😉 And I wanted to offer one of my Planning Guides to one of you, my dear readers. As a way of saying thank you for being here!

Planning Guide

 

This Giveaway is for the eBook version of Planning for Waldorf-Inspired Homeschooling: Keeping It Simple. My guide is full of steps and tips for planning. You can read more about it here.

To enter the Giveaway, please leave a comment and include the one thing you feel you need the most help with at this point in your journey. The winner will be selected at random and announced on Sunday morning, so entries close Saturday 7/26/14 at midnight. I will send the eBook to the email address used in the winner’s comment.

Good luck and know that I appreciate each and every one of you!

This Giveaway is now closed, and we have a winner! Congratulations to Jesi! You will receive an email from me with your Planning guide.

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33 thoughts on “Planning Giveaway!

    1. Many of us share this challenge, Kristin! The post I’ve been working on for Sunday is titled “Inspiration Overload!” Limiting is an important skill to develop!!!

  1. Hey Jean,
    I don’t want to win, bc I already own your planner and I LOVE it. Especially the resources you list per block/per grade. Really, really helpful.

    What I need on my journey -as in right this very minute!! – is a new planner. As in the thing where you record what you are going to do every day. Wanted to ask what you use? Do you still use the forms included in the back of your planner? Or something else? I am going to look at an online planner this morning and maybe do the 30 day free trial. It’s this one through homeschool buyer’s coop.

    http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/homeschool-planet-free-trial/?source=Home-Page-E&utm_source=HomePage&utm_campaign=Home-Page-E&utm_medium=website

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!!

    1. Sheila, Amy and Heather,
      So interesting that we have three planner questions! Here’s my short answer: In the early elementary years, I made my own planner aka the forms in my planning guide that I would reproduce and put into either a binder or folder, with dividers for blocks. I like the looks of Homeschool Planet and did the 30-free trial myself! I personally think it looks great for parents of middle schoolers, because it can print a checklist for the child(ren) and email you (the parent) reminders! Love that!!! Now that my youngest is in high school, she doesn’t want any reminders from me, and has her own planner (another important skill to teach for age 14+). I use a Planner Pad (plannerpads.com) and love it; this could also be used as a homeschool blocks planner because it has five or six columns that you can title however you want (could be for each child/each block). If you got the looseleaf version, you could add blank paper between the weeks for more notes on specific plans. Just a thought; I never used it when I was doing main lesson blocks for youngers. Let us know if you try the 30-day free trial, Sheila!

      1. Thanks Jean. I have been fooling around with the Homeschool Planet one today and it will be a bit of a learning curve, but I think one worth the initial time investment. I will keep you posted.

        And can I just ask why every single planning thing has a crazy name??!! I went to Planner Pad and I could not get that stereotypical infomercial voice out of my head, “PLANNER PAD – WE’LL PLAN YOUR PAD AND PAD YOUR PLAN!!” But maybe I’m just a little punchy bc it’s 9:30 and I need to be in the bed!!

        See you in ONE WEEK!!

          1. I know you have been waiting with bated breath to hear about Homeschool Planet, LOL, so I just wanted to let you know . . . I think I’m in love. The learning curve is not that bad. It is pretty intuitive and really efficient as far as I can do a lot of planning in a very short time bc I don’t have to manually type every day in separately.

          2. Thank you for getting back to us! I thought you would like it, because it is intuitive. I really think it’s great, especially for those with middle schoolers who work well with a checklist of their own. The best part to me is that you can just change your note to another day when the plans change! When I tried it though, my then 14 year old was no longer interested in me providing her with a list or even creating the plan! She wants to take that on for herself. And so it goes, gradually turning more and more responsibility over to them!

  2. Hi Jean,
    Thank you for the giveaway! My biggest struggle right now is also finding a great planner. I am more of a ” big picture” planner than a minute by minute planner. Maybe a week at a glance type thing would be nice. Any suggestions? Enjoy Summer ladies,and I wish you a lovely and enlightening time at Taproot. I couldn’t make it this summer, but am looking forward to 2015!
    Take care, Amy

  3. Hi Jean,

    It is so funny that there are multiple posts about a planner because that is what I am looking for right now. Other than that I think my biggest thing is just putting all of the information, which there is a lot of, together and figuring what to do when. Thank you for the giveaway!

    -Heather

  4. Hi Jean, Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway! The thing I need most help with is wasting time reading things I don’t end up using! This is a bit about having too many resources, but a lot about resources which just don’t fit the bill/provide enough or the right information. I seem to have to pull tiny bits from lots of places and it really takes a lot of time and energy! I like and need lots of detail – I can see the big picture instantly and don’t need any help with what blocks where etc, for me the issue is too much time on the detail. I am melancholic/phlegmatic. I love to research and I’m on a constant search for exactly the right thing….LOL. I’d happily use just one resource – if it was the right thing LOL.

    1. Yup, I hear you! We all tend to keep searching for the perfect thing…book, activity, direction! At some point, we just have to STOP and move on. This year, I’m giving myself until next week to search, and then I’m off to Taproot to teach and after that on vacation. And believe it or not, those very real calendar events are providing me with hard and fast deadlines! No more seeking after the best resource or plan, it will be time to move on. See, we all do it! I think we just need a support group for getting on with it!!!

  5. Hi! What a great giveaway! I’m new to this with my 3 and 4 year old boys and I’m looking for a general outline and how to schedule their day to day learning in a way that works for all of us. I will continue to search your blog for inspiration. Thank you!
    Best,
    Amanda

    1. Thanks, Amanda. Finding a good rhythm is the first place to start. And with little ones, simple is best! Glad you’re here.

  6. Oh, what a wonderful give-away, thank you! Hmmm, just one problem? 🙂 I over-think things. Also, I reach out for too many different resources in hopes of having all I need to teach, complete with tricks and ideas of how to bring it alive, all in one place.

    1. Yes, there is a theme here! We have almost too many options, don’t we?!? We need to limit ourselves to one or two books of stories per block, and pick one or two of the arts to focus on for now. Self-imposed limits!

  7. Thanks for offering this! My struggle this year I think will be having a 1st grader, a 4 year old & a 2 year old (who wants to do whatever her big brother & sister do). So figuring out planning for our still very young home while keeping big brother in the right balance of more formal learning as well as the daily home rhythms.

    1. Little ones can be a challenge during lesson time, for sure! First graders can still live in that dreamy work of the kindergarten, too though. So remember to keep lessons very short. I always had a special box of fun toys that came out for the little ones just during lesson time, so that they had something to look forward to. And you’re right, rhythm is a big part of it.

    1. Yes! Sometimes I find that having a looser plan helps with this. And remembering that we are not a slave to the plan!

  8. Hi Jean. I already have your Planning Guide which is a great resource. My biggest challenge is the same: Sorting thru resources and actually deciding on just a few.
    I get tempted by the possibilities and then sometimes overwhelmed by the piles. Must be the P of Myers Briggs, (INFP).
    Looking forward to Taproot!

    1. That temptation is crazy-making, isn’t it? I have even been doing the constant search and consideration in preparing for Taproot. Time to STOP! Can’t wait to see you.

  9. Oh here I thought that I was the only one feeling overwhelmed by possibilities. I think I need help keeping things simple, so that rather than racing to present the next project or lesson to my 3rd grader, I can make sure he is experiencing everything as he needs to. I also need help maintaining my focus. I may see an adorable craft on Pinterest and we will be so excited to do it that our planned projects get forgotten or delayed. Sometimes this is ok, but it does frustrate me when I don’t stick to my plan. The turmoil of a melancholic sanguine!

    1. It does help somehow to know that others experience similar frustrations, doesn’t it? How to keep it simple is our never-ending work. Really and truly. And as we work not to be a slave to the plan but also have a bit of structure (the backbone of rhythm), it’s like a dance. And sometimes we get it right and others, not so much. That is the way of it all! I’m sanguine choleric and I too struggle with “oh, and this…and this…” versus just insisting we plow through! This path is for us as much as our children!!!

  10. I need to find a rhythm and get some structure back in to our days. This is why I hope to win

  11. Oh, my! You commenters have captured many of my own issues. Overthinking… check! Continuing to look at resources when I have a stack here… check! How to best schedule the day… check! So, here’s what I’ll name as my own: a wish for a little birdie to sit on my shoulder, chirping, “Keep walking!” Yes, a gentle reminder to keep putting one foot in front of the other on this homeschooling path, without getting too slowed – or even halted – by that thinking, those resources, the scheduling, the planning, etc! This year, we have one child in the grades, and one starting “high school” — I must not stop walking forward!

    1. We are all afflicted, aren’t we!?! My youngest is now is high school, and looking back, I’m so grateful that we stuck with homeschooling. So I am here to say, “Keep walking!” It really does all work out, and you will be so glad you had this time with your children.

  12. Hi, I’m late to Waldorf. I have a nine-year old daughter, seven-year-old son and two more daughters ages 5 and 2 (whom I am not formally schooling at this point). The younger two are somewhat easy (in theory) to teach because everything is imitation and the most important thing is rhythm and play. My greatest trouble is establishing a rhythm with children of varying ages and figuring out a simple way to get started in such a unique way Of teaching that Waldorf calls for. Also, my son presents me with the issue of figuring out whether he should be second grade or first.y inclination leans toward first grade because he is still very much in the imaginary stage although he will be eight at the very end of December, I’m struggling with that. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    1. Welcome to Waldorf, Elita! Rhythm is the foundation for sure. And know that it will change and grow as your children do! And, I know the challenge of figuring out the grade; my middle child has a summer birthday and he always seemed to be half in one grade and half in another. But that’s the beauty of homeschooling. You can begin the year with fairy tales and present the letters, and then transition to grade two work part way through the year. You may find he grows and changes a lot this year, so you could keep your plan for the second half of the year a little loose at this point until you see how he does.

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