Home Education Plans for 2016 – 2017

Our Home Education Plans for 2016 - 2017 - Homeschool Planning - An Island Family By Grace

Next week we will start our new homeschooling year, so I have spent a bit of time over the last couple of weeks praying and thinking over our home education plans for 2016 – 2017.


As our priorities for this year, I have written down that I want our homeschooling to:

  • be focused on Jesus
  • emphasise real learning rather than ‘busywork’
  • include more outdoor time and exercise


Obviously this year we will be adding a newborn baby into the mix, sometime close to the beginning of the academic year! I do not have any ambitious plans to do anything particularly new or challenging in terms of our routine, but hope just to keep the same rough routine as last year. This worked well when our fourth baby was born, almost 8 years ago. However, as a result of thinking over what had worked well and what hadn’t for my end of school year wrap up, I do want to add in a few things:

  • more crafts and painting on Monday afternoons, now that the weather is beginning to push us towards less nature study!
  • a set time for each child to do narration for me each day- this will be before lunch
  • our son to write questions for me for the end of his chapters in his IGCSE Physics and Geography books. This form of narration was an idea which came from Karen Andreola’s book Charlotte Mason Companion, which was one of my non-fiction books for reading this summer.

Field Trips

For field trips this year, I have written a list of possible destinations to find out about, mainly so that I don’t end up forgetting all about trips due to baby brain! Currently I have a castle, a boat trip, a museum, a lighthouse and several local craft businesses on my list, but we probably won’t do all of them!

Essential Oils Revolution 2016


For each of our children, here are the curricula we will be using:

Our Son (almost 15 years old):

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Our 12 Year Old Daughter:

Our Home Education Plans for 2016 - 2017





Home Economics


  • Piano and recorder

Our 9 Year Old Daughter:

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  • Singapore Maths My Pals are Here 3A (moving on to 3B)



  • Piano and recorder

Our 7 Year Old Daughter:

Our Home Education Plans for 2016 - 2017



  • Piano and recorder

Together Work

This list doesn’t include extra-curricular type activities. For work we do together in the afternoons, we will be using Mystery of History Volume 3, Apologia General Science, Rosalind Surtees’ Junior French workbooks, Classics for Kids for music appreciation, and The Art Doodle Book for art appreciation.

Our Home Education Plans fro 2016 - 2017

As always, we will start our homeschooling days with Bible time and a family read aloud book. I will probably write a post with our planned read aloud books for the year within the next few weeks.

What are your home education plans for 2016 – 2017? Are you doing anything new or different this year? Please comment and let me know.

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15 Comments on “Home Education Plans for 2016 – 2017

  1. Oh my goodness, adding a newborn into the mix will make things a bit different I’m sure. I don’t have baby brain, but writing down all of the places you want to visit for field trips sounds like a great idea!

    • To be honest, I am prone to forgetting at the best of times, so it’s not just baby brain! Thanks for your comment, Erin 🙂

  2. I really enjoyed this post. It’s so nice to see what others are using for curricula, as well as how their day flows.
    I have the same goals as you do this year. I’ve been homeschooling for 20 years, but I still need to refocus my goals each year as the children change and grow (I have 3 graduated from our homeschool and 17,13,10,7, and 5 at home with me now. 🙂 )
    I look forward to your pregnancy updates and I can’t wait to “meet” your new little one. 🙂
    Blessings from America
    Carol – puretsimple.blogspot.com

    • Thank you Carol! I also like hearing about others’ curricula for some new ideas. It is encouraging to hear from someone who has already gone before graduated children from their homeschool- thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  3. I hope you have a great homeschool year! We homeschool as well! 🙂 I am looking into that Money Matters for Teens! That may be lovely for my 15 year old (she already has a math curriculum but all children should learn how to properly handle money)! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Thank you Katy! Yes, we thought it would be good for our son to learn about more in depth about money. He just got his first ‘proper’ bank account in the last year, as some of his bread and egg business customers like to pay by bank transfer, so it is good that he is learning how to manage things well.

  4. Looks great! I always love the planning part. Our highlight of the year is always the Apologia science book. I’m also wondering about starting (slowly) with a Shakespeare play. Hope the end of your pregnancy is going smoothly 🙂
    Catherine recently posted…Homeschooling in the UK – 9My Profile

    • Thank you Catherine! Good idea about starting slowly 🙂 I think most of the resources that I mentioned in my Shakespeare Week post will still be available. Shakespeare Week post Yes, I am keeping very well with my pregnancy, thank you 🙂

  5. Gwen…You have some wonderful literature books planned for the year. Reading was a staple in our homeschooling years. We have been finished now for a year but I enjoyed reading what you will be doing. Maybe I got a little homeschool-sick. Thank you for sharing at Monday’s Musings. 🙂

  6. Love your goals for the year I also want us to focus on Jesus and real learning rather than busy work. I am looking forward to getting out more as soon as the weather cools. I guess we are on opposite weather schedules. I am with you on the baby brain. I have to write everything down. I have really been losing it lately. Love all your beautiful literature that your kids are reading.
    Rebekah recently posted…Recap of our first week back to school and why it went so well 2016My Profile

    • Thanks Rebekah! Yes, our climates are definitely very different! We watched a news article about the weather in the USA at the moment a few days ago, and I said to my husband that I would struggle with those temperatures! It is funny how we get so used to our surroundings. Hope you have a great homeschooling year, and pregnancy 🙂

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