I looked over my well-planned order--scenes of a sweet newborn in my arms, Manolin no longer content to play happily on the sidelines, Oli transitioning to more time at the developmental preschool, Logan hitting that "voracious reader" stage, Atticus wanting something to physically build, Jo teetering on the edge of high school, Bee quite possibly home ... this verse went through my mind:
Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." --James 4:13-15
And that, I think, is something to keep in mind when planning a school year. You have no idea what will happen tomorrow, let alone next spring. Your kindergartner could learn to read. Or she could decide to spend an entire year perfecting her princess ballerina routine. You could love the science curriculum you bought. Or it could be a massive flop. Your homeschool could hit history daily ... or only manage it once every two weeks. Strap yourself in, enjoy the ride ... and if it's God's will, your plans might just come to fruition.