Why I Build In A Buffer: A Stress-Free Approach to Homeschool Planning

Hey, everyone! Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic. I’m Shanna, and if you’re new here, we’re a homeschooling family of four in our seventh year of homeschooling. Today, I want to dive into a topic that has made a significant difference in our homeschool journey – why I intentionally build in a buffer in our homeschool year. Before we get started, don’t forget to hit the subscribe button, and give this post a thumbs up. You can also connect with me in the comments or over on Instagram @makingeverydaymagic.

Why I Build In A Buffer



Mid-Year Reflection

As we find ourselves halfway through the school year in December 2023, it’s the perfect time to discuss the importance of planning with a buffer. We’re in our seventh year of homeschooling, with a second grader and a sixth grader, and I’m excited to share some insights into my planning process.


Planning the Curriculum

I’ve previously shared how I plan our homeschool year in other videos, but here’s a quick recap. Most of the curriculum I choose spans around 30 lessons or weeks of instruction. I deliberately aim for a slightly longer timeframe, around 34 to 36 weeks, to create a buffer.

Why I Build In A Buffer

Reasons for Building in a Buffer

– Easing into and out of Breaks:Β  The buffer allows us to ease into the school year after breaks. Starting with easier lessons helps us gradually return to a full school week.
– Managing Busier Weeks: Buffer weeks help during weeks leading up to holidays, filled with fun activities, field trips, and festivities. This flexibility ensures we can still cover our curriculum without stress.


Planning to Fail

– Impromptu Breaks and Vacations: Life happens, and sometimes you just need an impromptu break or vacation. By planning for this, it gives us the freedom to adapt without falling behind.
– Adding Time for Tests and Experiments: Longer weeks provide a cushion for challenging tasks like tests or bigger science experiments, making the workload more manageable.


Reducing Stress and Increasing Flexibility

– Flow Approach: Rather than meticulously planning every detail, I prefer a more flexible approach. This way, we can go with the flow and adapt to the needs of the moment.
– Calm and Easy Flow: Building in extra time creates a calm and easy flow throughout the school year. It ensures we can enjoy the fun stuff without compromising our educational goals.

Why I Build In A Buffer


In conclusion, building in a buffer has been a game-changer for our homeschool. It’s like having an insurance policy against unexpected challenges, allowing us to stay on track while embracing the spontaneous moments of life. As we approach the 2024 school year planning season, consider adding a little extra time to your plan. Remember, planning to fail might just be the key to your homeschool success.

I hope you found these insights helpful and that they bring a sense of ease to your homeschool planning. If you have any questions or want to share your planning approach, drop a comment below or connect with me on Instagram. Until next time, happy homeschooling!

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