One reason I share our ideas and book lists and curriculum choices each year is to illustrate the fluidity of homeschooling. I will undoubtedly be writing a follow-up post in a few months detailing our successes and failures and changes we made midstream. This is not a flaw of homeschooling, but a feature.
Let me assure you that planning the homeschool year is not as daunting as it sounds. Yes, it can be a lot of work, and research will be involved. However, if you have a strong commitment to helping your students—and even minimal organizational skills—it will be easier than you think.