Planning Your Course and Letting the Lord Determine Your
Has the new school year started with gusto at your house? Or
“I guess we’ll use this curriculum. I guess we’ll start on Monday. I guess we’ll use this
folder, and I guess we could try unit studies this year.”
Does any of this sound familiar? Time for a change?
Get ready to plan a year of enthusiastic homeschool learning with consistent input from the Lord!
Take the guesswork out of your planning, systematically organizing your homeschool this year with the E-Book:
The New School Year: Planning Your Course and Letting
the Lord Determine Your Steps
Knowledge Quest enjoys regular contact with other like-minded companies willing to share their wealth of
specialized information. Inside, you’ll find guidance and encouragement to assist you with all your planning needs.
Get excited! This is a gathering of some of the best and brightest to share pointers and advice to get
you going and keep you on track this year!
You may have plenty of ideas-have you considered what the Lord wants for your homeschool?
How has your homeschooling progressed this year? Is it possible that in all of the rush you have missed the hush of
the Holy Spirit? Remember to let Him guide you throughout your days. His guidance, much like grace, is free to
those willing to listen.
“Something happens every August. Department and discount stores put everything
from socks to paper clips on sale, waiting for mothers to come. And they do. In the frenzy that is ‘back to
school,’ mamas fill backpacks with new pencils and crayons and fill their children’s closets with the newest and
latest styles. It's all done just in time to get little Bobby and Suzie to school.
For many mothers, this is where back to school ends. But somewhere, there is a mother
holding her babies and looking out the window watching the bus go by. She is a homeschool mother, and she is
wondering if she has made a mistake. That same mother spent the summer she had hoped to spend with her children
planning, planning, and re-planning the school year just to sit down on the first day to interruption after
interruption and no progress. She knows homeschooling is part of God's plan for her family, but she just can't get
it together. Where did she go wrong? We've all been there in our homeschooling journey. Some of us more than once.
Some of us every year. And some, day after day.
Inspiration for the weary mother can be found in The New School Year: Planning Your
Course and Letting the Lord Determine Your Steps from The Old Schoolhouse®. This encouraging read will teach you
how to find more time in your school schedule, plan for multi-level teaching, organize Mt. Schoolwork (that pile of
loose paper and hoped-for plans) and will restore your passion for educating your children at home. The New School
Year will teach you how to structure your homeschool to make time for what is necessary, enjoy what is not, and
will give you the tools to make this the best school year yet. So instead of catching the bus, you'll be catching
-Dana Warwick, Bartlett, TN
Get ready for some butterflies this year-and not the nervous-stomach kind!
Knowledge Quest, Inc. along with The Old Schoolhouse, Five in a Row, Amanda Bennett, Malia Russell and Ruth
Beechick offer to you...
The New School Year . . .
to all who will choose to download it.
Now’s a good time-get your free E-Book!
Take a close look at the chapters and their authors:
The Introduction by Karen Sargent will help you realize that many of
us are very much like you. Karen has moved repeatedly as an active-duty Navy spouse, has run several businesses
from home, and works part-time editing for The Old Schoolhouse®. She entered her 20th year of homeschooling in 2009
and admits she still needs help with planning and organization. She directs you with honesty: If you are the
perfect homeschooling mom who never misses an event, keeps your children perfectly pressed and dressed, your home
spotless, assignments completely organized, and everything in life functioning smoothly every single day, then you
probably don’t need this book. But if, like Karen, you desire to run your home and school a little more smoothly
and can admit to desiring some help, then The New School Year will bring you just that: a whole new,
better-organized school year!
Planning Your Homeschool Year ~ How to Cooperate With the Holy Spirit
begins the book with encouragement from Steve and Jane Lambert, of Five in a Row.
* Should you schedule your day as classroom teachers often do-systematically and with
precision as to every piece of information you plan to teach on any given day? * Is leniency so desired that it brings each of us “complete freedom to wander
aimlessly through the world around us, randomly studying whatever we want whenever the notion strikes
us?” * Are you using the process of education to make disciples? Should you be?
From a Biblical foundation and personal experience, they will remind you to stay
focused on the Word of God as you decide how to plan your homeschooling year. Using Scripture to guide you, Steve
and Jane share how all wisdom and knowledge is found in Christ, and that by planning to allow God to intercede into
your studies, you and your children will find the Holy Spirit will determine your steps. Exactly how will you plan
to do this?
“Allowing our children to plan their own way through the educational jungle each year leaves God out of the plan. And planning our own way through the school year maze may leave God out if it's not built wisely.”
The Lamberts will show you how to find a better balance-with God’s guidance, prudent
planning, and a little faith-filled R-I-S-K.
Managing a Multi-Level Homeschool can be challenging. Malia Russell
of Homemaking 911 takes us back to the common questions we all learned to ask when seeking answers.
* Who? Exactly who is in charge of your home and, therefore, your
homeschool? * What? Curriculum choices abound; are there ways to teach multiple grades
easily? * When? Malia approaches two issues here-when will you introduce subjects and when
will you actually do school? * Where? There are so many places to be: co-ops, field trips, sports, using the
computer, and more. Exactly when will you be homeschooling at home? * Why? Work to the heart of “why” you homeschool with a series of revealing questions
to guide your way. * How? Malia helps you give thought to how you will actually meet all of your
responsibilities, and meet them well. Each of us can only juggle so many tasks-what will you choose as your focus
Organizing Your Schedule, Library, and Personal School Boxes is a
systematic process. Terri Johnson of Knowledge Quest takes you on a quest for organization! What five steps will
Terri share to get your schedule organized? From subjects to materials, she will pass on her knowledge. Breaking
curriculum down to manageable scheduling pieces, she provides examples like this:
“Let’s say that there are 120 lessons in the grammar book. Take 120 and divide that
by 36 weeks in the school year. Your answer is 3.33 and that means that your student will have to cover 3 1/3
lessons per week to finish the book in one school year. What this means to me is that I will need to schedule
grammar for this child at least 3 times per week.”
By expounding on breakdowns similar to this one, she helps you gain a better
understanding of how to schedule lessons using any curriculum you choose-even without a predesigned schedule
Then Terri shares thoughts on organizing your personal library-helping your
homeschool run smoothly and keeping stacks of scattered books from overtaking your home. Finally, she advises you
on the often overlooked task of maintaining control of our school boxes. Be sure clutter is banished while
necessary tools haven’t vanished!
Organizing the School Year With Unit Studies is easy when Amanda
Bennett guides you through the many possibilities to consider.
* Will you welcome a new baby this year? * Could your son’s soccer team make it to the finals? * Is it possible you will move during the year?
Learn from Amanda as she uses the following Scripture in relation to your
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” -Psalm 90:12
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1
Be enlightened as Amanda demonstrates how to plan a unit study around the changing
“With each season come wonderful learning opportunities-chances to go outside to
observe and learn about the world around us. Seasons are becoming hazier in the busyness of life, and many students
miss the opportunity to study the amazing changes that take place with each passing season. With unit studies, you
can plan a season unit study for the week that each new season begins. For example, the first week of autumn . . .
Will your students be enjoying the changing seasons as Amanda urges you on? Find
ideas for seasons, holidays, baseball, and more as you gain incredible insight from the imaginative creator of
Amanda Bennett Unit Studies while improving the organization level of your own homeschool!
Organizing and Planning Your School-Your “Special OPS” Mission will
lead you on a mission designed by Cheryl Allin and The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine as you follow a three-phase plan
to a fantastic year of homeschooling!
“Your mission: a three-phase plan to get you and your family off to a great
* Phase One will help you organize your space-from paper to schoolroom and supplies;
get some step-by-step help to make it happen! 1. Organize Your Equipment and Papers 2. Organize Your School Room 3. Organize Children’s Supplies 4. Keep Clutter Away 5. Finish 6. Keep it That Way! * Phase Two works at planning your actual school year-evaluate the little things that
matter in big ways. 1. Your Mission Statement 2. Know the Law 3. Organizing Your Plan * Phase Three provides you the same guidance you give your children-take it all one
step at a time; small steps lead to great success!
An Epilogue by Ruth Beechick, with her years of expertise and
matter-of-fact, straight forward attitude, will get you well on your way to making positive changes in your
homeschool this year and for every year to come. This new school year can be your best!
Begin planning today when you download this free ebook - The New School Year. Get your copy now! It
is completely free.
The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine has already begun to share this fantastic new E-Book with
homeschoolers across the country. Did they find it helpful? Here is what they had to say:
“This E-Book is an indispensable tool for everyone who
homeschools! There are great ideas on how to organize your time and your space, how to handle multi-level teaching,
and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in planning your school year. Sample schedules & schedule templates
are included to make organizing the day easier. There is a wonderful section by Amanda Bennett on how to organize
your year using unit studies. A step-by-step plan for organizing your books, work space, equipment, and planners
makes it easy to get things in order before school starts. And wisdom from Ruth Beechick is just icing on the cake!
This E-Book is a wonderful resource!”
-Cheryl Novak, Charlotte, NC
“Okay, so I’m not the most organized. And maybe I do need a little extra help
with the clutter and organizing. Maybe I have a plan under this pile some where . . . ! Or maybe I should just read
this book on planning! I found so many useful tips for helping even the most hopeless when it comes to organization
and planning-and I fall into this category! I enjoyed reading each topic and found new “strength” to endure my busy
days when I feel I have accomplished nothing. I especially liked the idea of scheduling “down” time so we can hear
from God as to what to do with it. I have new-found motivation to get organized, get a plan, and get going! What a
-Michelle Huddle, Fountain Inn, SC
“The Lamberts remind us that as homeschoolers, we do not have to follow a formula
for planning like public and private school teachers do. Teachers in those settings typically do not have the time
or the resources to carve out blocks of the day that allow for freedom of the Spirit to move. If we open up the
door for God to move in and through each day that we are given to instruct our children, He will help us to lead
our children to become disciples of His, not of the world . . . All of these articles offer great encouragement and
help to kick off your 2009-2010 school year. The best part is that this E-Book is FREE!”
-Jenny Thompson, Pensacola, FL
“The ideas and encouragement contained will apply to any family regardless of the
style of schooling that you follow or the type of curricula that you use. Homeschooling families can learn tips
from trusted sources who are still in the trenches-right with you-and those who have successfully completed their
journey. You can learn how to organize your books and materials, how to prepare your schedule from a big-picture
perspective down to what should be covered each day, and you’ll be reminded of why we homeschool and who is the One
truly in charge. This is one book that I will be re-reading each year . . . The final part of this great book is
from Ruth Beechick, someone I have come to respect as a voice of wisdom. She writes a gentle reminder that whatever
curricula we choose is really a tool. There are many resources available-use them in the way that works best for
your family, even if that means putting them aside.”
-Hillary Moore, Gosport, IN
“My very favorite portion of the E-Book comes toward the end, kind of like
dessert. The “Special OPS” is a neat, orderly list of targeted organizing for the dedicated classroom space. She
gets you organized in the paperwork and boxes of it all, then preps you to mentally map out your mission and vision
for your homeschool. The New School Year: Planning Your Course and Letting the Lord Determine Your Steps E-Book is
a timely tool for your new or ongoing school year. There is never a better time to have the Lord so order your
steps. Thanks to the authors for their time and experience!”
-Rolayne Taylor, Fort Wayne, IN
“How inspiring it was to read about how important it is to have the Holy Spirit
fill us throughout our day. Not just in a Bible curriculum or a devotional time but allowing Him to help us through
every aspect in our day. I’ve struggled over the years in homeschooling to allow my days to have ’quiet moments’ so
God can show me His discernment. Reading this E-Book has helped open my eyes to the many reasons we chose to home
school in the first place . . . I always said if my school items are organized and my lesson plans in order, then
my day runs smoother. This E-Book will help you in getting and staying organized as well as giving practical advice
on keeping God in the center of your daily life.”
-Lynn Pitts, Great Falls, MT
“I have learned in this new E-Book from TOS that God should be the main
ingredient of your homeschool recipe. I totally agree with this-I mean, without Him I would not have the strength
and courage to continue on this path. I’m quite serious. But I realized that I should invite the Spirit to guide us
more in our days . . . this E-Book encouraged me to take small bites at the challenges I have in front of me like
de-cluttering my office, scheduling our homeschool, and incorporating more unit studies. And it reminded me of the
importance of always seeking the Holy Spirit every day of the week to see where He will guide us. This E-Book was
indeed a good encouragement-to take our homeschool and make the best year ever!”
-Isabelle Lussier, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Homeschool planning can be intimidating. Handling students of multiple ages with different subject
matter and several extra-curricular activities can be tough. Raising disciples and glorifying God is exciting!
Gain insight into deciding what is necessary for your family and what is not. Enjoy a Biblical foundation as these
popular Christian homeschool educators offer you words of encouragement and practical steps you can begin to take
Reading The New School Year e-Book could make a HUGE difference for
you this year!
Change the I guess to “Yes”-You can do this!
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