The ability to homeschool is a blessing and the need to plan is a necessary evil that comes along with it. It is quite difficult to keep track of daily work, attendance, yearly plans, field trips, safety drills, etc when you have toddlers and infants hanging off of your hips. You need a clear cut homeschool planner and record keeping system to make it a little bit easier. When you make planning easier, you can put more of your energy into teaching & spending time with your kiddos!
Are you struggling to keep your homeschool planning in order?
You are a busy mama! Keeping track of homeschool records can overwhelm you and sometimes fall to the wayside a bit as you focus on other areas of your life (like loving on & teaching your kids!). Planning and record keeping can seem irrelevant when your days are already so full, but proper planning can be a game-changer in your homeschool. Don’t worry, though, mama…You don’t have to do all of this on your own! I have your back!
The All-in-One Homeschool Planner was created for busy mamas just like you! Well.. If I am honest, I created this planner for myself (also a busy mama just like you)… It worked so well for me and my kids in our homeschool that I wanted to make it available to you as well! My hope is that this homeschool planner can give you the efficiency and simplicity that you are looking for in your homeschool planning and record keeping.
Planning is different for each homeschooling family and record keeping laws vary from county to county & state to state. Our state is pretty lenient, but I don’t think you can ever be too careful. No matter what state you live in, this planner will give you a strong core of documents for your own sanity and for security in the case that you are ever faced with an audit.
Let me show you how I use the All-in-One-Homeschool Planner for our family! Check out the video below!
What does the All-in-one Homeschool Planner include?
The All-In-One Homeschool Planner includes 14 pages to help you simply and efficiently plan & track your homeschool year! Everything from your curriculum choices to weekly lesson plans to doctor visits and community service hours are covered in this planner!
Homeschool Planner Cover Page
This cover sheet goes on the front of my homeschool binder. I use a binder with a clear front pocket, but if you have one without this pocket you can tape the laminated cover to the front.
Semester Learning Plan
The Learning Plan has columns for each subject, the title of the curriculum used, and the total number of lessons within the course. I like to divide the number of lessons by the number of days that we plan to study each subject to be sure that we will be able to complete the course within our school year.
Homeschool Goal Sheet
Each month I set new goals for our homeschool on the Monthly Goals sheet. These goals could be academic (i.e. Child’s name should read # of books per month) or mental and emotional (i.e. Show more patience and grace when teaching math).
I keep an attendance log for each day that we do school work, go on field trips, or do community service work. This page has numbers 1-31 with a star beside each number. Check, cross-out, or fill in the stars next to the dates that you “did school” You can print one for each month or print one and laminate it to reuse for each month. I print a new one for each month so that I can keep them for my records.
Weekly Lesson Plan
The Weekly Lesson Plan sheet is where I write down what we plan to accomplish on each day for each subject. As we finish a lesson, I check it or mark it off of the sheet so I have a visual of where we are for the day and for the week.
We are working hard to increase the number of books we read in our household. To help with this, I keep up with each completed book in this reading log (one per reading-aged child). When it is filled up, the kids get a special treat to celebrate!
Community Service Log
The Community Service Log Sheet contains all volunteer work completed by the school age kiddos. This is helpful if you have a community service requirement or if you just want to keep track for your older children’s resumes.
Field Trip & Vacation Logs
Anytime we go on a field trip, vacation, or complete community service work I write down the date, where we went, what we did, and what the educational purpose was for our records.
Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed by our extracurricular activities so I created a form to help me keep track. Soccer, Piano, Baseball, 4-H, Trail Life, etc. We only do one extracurricular activity per child per season right now, but we still have a lot going on with three kiddos involved so this sheet is definitely a sanity saver.
Doctor Visit Records
Our family doesn’t visit the doctor often, but when we do I forget which kid had what within three months. The doctor visit form helps me to keep track of any illnesses and medications that my kids have throughout the year without having to keep a mental file.
Safety Drills and Lessons Log
It is ALWAYS a great idea to practice safety drills (fire, tornado, earthquake, etc) with your kids. I use the Safety Lessons and Drills Form so I can easily see when we are due for a refresher.
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