These are a few of the most frequent questions I receive:
- How do you write a year-long bilingual homeschooling plan? For both English and Chinese?
- Do you plan for all 4 kids? How?
- Where do I start?
It’s not an easy topic to write about because there is a lot of variation and different circumstances for the individual family regarding planning bilingual homeschooling. Let me show you how I write my bilingual homeschooling plan for four kids in advance, along with 4 simple steps as a reference and inspiration to help you get started.
I’m also going to turn it into a series of four blog posts with more in-depth details and information and there’s a bonus post that you don’t want to miss at the end!
Let me know in the comments if this series is helpful or not. And if you have any suggestions or questions for me, feel free to leave your comments below as well.
Are you ready? Let’s get started!
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Trust me, it is not easy to come up with bilingual homeschooling plans that include different subjects and activities for all four kids. I am doing research, thinking, and trying to figure the best plan for me and my kids ALL THE TIME. It is still overwhelming for me, but I’m much better now.
I realize there is no one solution or one magic homeschooling way to plan and meet all of our needs.
What I do is to determine what goals and plans allow for boundaries and flexibility to co-exist. With knowledge of my kid’s and family’s needs, I can come up with the “best bilingual homeschooling plan” for my family in that period of time.
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Why You Should Have a Homeschool Plan
Do you believe in making plans? Is it necessary?
Do you set goals and make plans often?
Planning is a vital part of being successful. Throughout my life, my leaders and teachers have taught me to always make a plan and set goals.
Setting goals is like googling some images to use an example for your next painting project. You know what you want to draw inside the painting, and you also have the expectation and outcome of what this painting will look like.
Then, planning is like sketching this beautiful painting on a paper with different details and elements to match your expectations. While hoping this painting will turn out as you imagine.
Let’s imagine if we skip the part of googling some images and daydreaming of the perfect painting that you want to paint. Is it possible to just go straight to the painting part?
Yes, of course. But I am not a genius, so it won’t work as I expected. Disappointment and failure are going to overwhelm you.
I love to plan for a whole year, so I will have a clear direction of what to accomplish this year. And then leave enough spaces to allow changes and creativity to happen.
Becoming a Bilingual Homeschooling Mom Myself
When my husband and I decided to home school our kids, I was so nervous about it. That night, I pulled out draft papers and wrote down all of my ideas for homeschooling our kids. It was exciting and terrifying at the same time because I wanted to home school in both English and Chinese, but I didn’t know how to do it. It was an overwhelming task, but I had to do it since we did not want to send our kids to the local school in Hong Kong. Click here to read more about how to start homeschooling.
I have tried different planning methods and approaches. I always want to have the perfect plan every time, but it’s never happened. Our plan will be great at the beginning, but then we get bored with it and needed to make some changes, especially at the end of the school year.
Once I allowed flexibility to become a part of my bilingual homeschooling planning and teaching, our plans became even better.
My kids’ naturally showed me what they wanted to learn and were the most curious the most about their lives. I have learned to not always be the “teacher”, but to allow them to teach and learn from themselves and each other.
After nearly four years of homeschooling, I can’t believe how much I have learned from other talented homeschooling parents, and from my own kids. I have tried many different ways of incorporating both Chinese and English into our lessons, and I plan to keep it up.
Being Flexible in Planning and Teaching
What is being flexible in planning and teaching?
Be prepared and ready for the need to change certain lesson plans and allow new ideas, distraction, and new discoveries happen in learning.
We may stop and skip, delay and make changes to the original plan of the lesson to accommodate our child’s curiosity and answer their questions.
So our daily lessons should not look and follow exactly what we planned. In contrast, it should be unpredictable and full of little adventures and even chaos at home.
(I can’t believe what I have just written! But that’s true, and we all know that!)
They are all part of homeschooling life. That’s nature and a healthy environment for kids.
These Circumstances will Cause the Change of Your Plans
- Holidays and breaks
- A new baby arrives
- Trying different homeschooling methods and topics
- Learning different subjects
- Child’s behavior changed
- Change of family schedule
The Real Challenge of Being Flexible
- Need to plan for all the possibilities
- Prepare for more alternatives and outcomes
- Feeling inadequate
- To let go and listen to the child instead of self
- Feeling bad for not being able to follow through the whole lesson plan
- To allow yourself to enjoy learning and discovering new ways together
- To accept your plan isn’t the best for helping your child’s needs
So yes, planning gives me a solid foundation, clear direction, and vision of my homeschooling journey. Being flexible and willing to change and leave my comfort zone is important as well. I don’t want my kids to learn robotically in the same ways with the same activities and methods all the time.
So don’t forget to make changes and improve your plan and routine. It’s totally OK and normal. And that’s the evidence of family growth.
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WANT TO KNOW HOW I CREATE MY ONE YEAR HOMESCHOOLING PLAN?
Do you prefer Monthly or Annually Planning?
Everyone plans differently. You can plan daily, weekly, monthly, or even annually.
In my first year of homeschooling, I tried to plan monthly because I didn’t really know what I should do, and I couldn’t plan more than that at a time.
I felt overwhelmed because of my limited knowledge and experience with homeschooling, so I started small. After a few months, I felt more confident as things went according to plan, so I started to plan for longer periods. This allowed me to think in larger themes and how they connect to each other over a longer period of time.
In my second year of homeschooling, I spent about a week during the summer making a plan for the entire year.
I didn’t put every single activity or detail in for the entire year, but I set goals, chose monthly themes, and designed a general daily schedule. That was it.
I find planning ahead for an entire year better because spending one week brainstorming for the year is more effective and timesaving, so I have more time to spend with my family and friends. I also love that I have a sense of security because I have a plan.
Since I know what we are doing in advance, I have time to find some events or community activities that we can incorporate into our learning.
I also don’t feel guilty when I am feeling stressed, tired, or lazy because I always know what is coming next. Then, when I have some free time, I can use my time to plan for the next few months in more detail
Since switching to annual planning, I love how much free time I have gained. If you are interested in more details about my first two years of planning, I have written a blog post which you can read HERE.
Upcoming Series: Four Easy Steps for Creating a Bilingual Homeschooling Plan
These are just a few tips from my experience. I have a lot more to tell you.
In my upcoming posts, I am going to share more tips on my planning method. And these are the outlines of my four very basic steps of planning bilingual homeschooling with flexibility. It works for one or multiple kids.
- Step 1: 5 Steps to Set Better Goals for Bilingual Homeschooling
- Step 2: Create a Bilingual Homeschooling Calendar for Multiple Children
- Step 3: Decide on a Bilingual Teaching Approach in your Homeschooling
- Step 4: Create a Routine for Multiple Kids with Appropriated Activities
- Step 5: BONUS POST! (You don’t want to miss it!)
What Will You Get from this Homeschooling Series
This series of posts is just right for anyone who wants to homeschool but isn’t sure where to start and also for experienced homeschoolers who seek better planning methods.
These four easy steps will guide you through the complete process of creating your own bilingual homeschooling plan for multiple kids at home with flexibility.
At the end of the series, you will:
- Have a more clear direction in your planning method
- Gain confidence in yourself as a homeschooler
- Receive more knowledge, tools, and valuable information about bilingual homeschooling
- Know where to ask questions, get support, and connect with other homeschooling parents
- Gain a stronger belief that homeschooling is worth trying even though it takes A LOT of work.
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You Might be Interested:
- Homeschooling 101: Creating Lesson Plans (Confession of a Homeschooler)
- Plan Themes For The Year (Play to Learn Preschool)
- The Different Ways to Homeschool (Homeschool.com)
- Bilingual Homeschooling: A Day in the Life (with 4 Kids) (Intentional Mama)
- Bilingual Homeschooling (Mandarin Mama)
- How to Homeschool Bilingually (Ben & Me)
- How Multilingualism Led Us To Homeschool Our Kids (Bilingual Kidspot)
- Bilingual Homeschooling: Teaching Children at Home (in More than One Language) (Multilingual Living)
- 8 Most Essential Homeschooling Supplies on Amazon (Fortune Cookie Mom)
- Teaching Chinese Supplies to Get from Amazon (Fortune Cookie Mom)
- Bilingual Homeschooling: A Mother of 4 Shares Her Schedule and Advice (Chalk Academy)
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