I think I’ve finally figured out what I’m going to do for homeschool planning this year. I have been driving myself nuts the past month or so trying on different options. I tried out Homeschool Planet, the Well-Planned Day Student Planner, and a couple of planners from Mardel.
After stressing myself out and rummaging in the hall closet for heartburn medicine, it dawned on me that I really liked what I did last year for planning. Ha!
What did I use last year? A simple, spiral-bound notebook.
Here’s how I’m tweaking it for this coming school year:
The boys have started asking me what our plans are each month, so I knew I wanted to include a calendar.
At the beginning of each month, I’ll print out a calendar for that month and glue it onto the next page in the notebook. I’ll be including a calendar with birthdays, doctor appointments, days off of school, camping trips, etc. If something pops us during the month, they can pencil it in.
I like having the calendar stick up above the rest of the notebook. It will act as kind of a divider.
The next page after the calendar, I created a page for a reading list (to log all the books read that month), miles logged on the bike and other workouts completed (the boys are using the 22 Minute Hard Core workout DVDs). The youngest is not big enough for the tandem bike yet, so I won’t be including that as part of his planner.
I thought the older boys would enjoy seeing how much they accomplished at the end of each month.
Annnnnd I just realized I didn’t dot the i in reading. That’s going to bug me. Anyway.
The next page begins the assignments for that month. I write out the assignments a day at a time. That way if one of them needs to repeat a math lesson, misses a day due to sickness or something else unexpected, I don’t have to rewrite an entire week’s worth of lessons.
Now, this is what I’m doing with my boys. Shelby has her own planning system that she’s in charge of and it’s a lot prettier than this one. Snort!
It will take more than one notebook for each boy this year, but at just 0.17 cents each, I think it’ll be okay. 😉