I really enjoy Aesop’s Fables and the wisdom that can be garnered from them. One of my favorites, by far, is The Oak and the Reeds. It is from this story that I find myself often repeating the phrase, “she who cannot bend will break.” Aesop’s Wisdom and homeschool planning go hand in hand.
A look at The Oak and the Reeds
A Giant Oak stood near a brook in which grew some slender Reeds. When the wind blew, the great Oak stood proudly upright with its hundred arms uplifted to the sky. But the Reeds bowed low in the wind and sang a sad and mournful song.
“You have reason to complain,” said the Oak. “The slightest breeze that ruffles the surface of the water makes you bow your heads, while I, the mighty Oak, stand upright and firm before the howling tempest.”
“Do not worry about us,” replied the Reeds. “The winds do not harm us. We bow before them and so we do not break. You, in all your pride and strength, have so far resisted their blows. But the end is coming.”
As the Reeds spoke a great hurricane rushed out of the north. The Oak stood proudly and fought against the storm, while the yielding Reeds bowed low. The wind redoubled in fury, and all at once the great tree fell, torn up by the roots, and lay among the pitying Reeds.
Better to yield when it is folly to resist, than to resist stubbornly and be destroyed.
Aesop’s Wisdom and Homeschool Planning
One might wonder how Aesop’s wisdom and homeschool planning travel together. It’s really very simple. The homeschool plan must be flexible. If you’re like me, you’ve tried your fair share of paper and digital planners for your homeschool. Some of them are really great. Each has it’s merit. But more than once, I’ve thrown up my hands (or thrown down my phone) in disgust because I try to adjust a schedule or move an assignment and realize it can’t be done without creating a ton of work.
I’m fairly certain Phillip and Lanaya Gore shared the frustration when they created Flexible School Schedule, a new app that can flex with the realities of life. With over a decade of homeschooling their kids under their belt, they realize that the homeschool plan can be derailed by many things…
- Feeling overwhelmed or out of control?
- Life getting messy?
- A child struggling with one subject (or more)
- A child that is a reluctant learner?
- Caught the flu, had a baby, moved, had a death in the family, or have surgery?
Those are just a few of the things that might derail your plan.
How Flexible School Schedule Can Help
We all know that planning, and tracking, are a necessary part of homeschool lessons
With Flexible School Schedule, you can…
- Gather your thoughts, ideas, and plans on the scratchpad as they come to you.
- Make a list of the homeschool resources you own– avoid duplicate purchases! Also list resources you find online, so you can find the link later. :)
- Layout your school year in flexible terms and weeks per term.
- Plan your subjects and pace according to each child’s needs and abilities.
- Record what you accomplished with each lesson.
- Record how much time you spent on each lesson.
- Stop if needed and start right where you left off — there are no calendar dates!
- View progress bars to give you an overview of each child’s accomplishment.
- Customize and print reports.
A look at the interface…
For those of us that live in states that require tracking, and those of us that just like pretty printed things, Flexible School Schedule allows you to nicely print each child’s records in a variety of configurations. <—speaking my love language right there!
How you can get Flexible School Scheduling
Ahhh, there’s the catch. This beauty hasn’t quite been released yet. To get this app into the app stores, they’ve created a Kickstarter campaign. You have the opportunity to get in on the ground level. Visit the Kickstarter page to learn more about the app, the family behind it, and to support the new app. By supporting this campaign, you have the opportunity to influence and shape the creation of an exciting new tool for homeschool families and you’re helping a homeschool family make a dream a reality!