Robert Masello writes in Roberts Rules Of Writing: 101 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs to Know:
Writers are always getting accused of sitting around and doing nothing, when, in fact, doing nothing – or what looks like it – is useful and even necessary.
I believe this is true not just for writers, but everyone, including children.
He also writes:
An outline is a crutch, there when you need it, and a solace when, in the dead of night, you think you’ll never be able to figure out how to finish this project. The outline tells you it can be done, that, if all else fails, there’s a working plan you can fall back on. But when you find yourself running ahead of it, when you see things unfolding naturally, organically, spontaneously before you, forget the itinerary.
He’s talking about the process of writing here, but he could have easily been talking about homeschooling curriculum and teaching schedules.
The entire book is worth the read for all writers, from novice to published. And for parents of kids who write (or don’t).