‘Tis the season to start planning…fa la la la la…uhm…yea, so maybe planning should already be completed at this point and maybe planning our homeschool year doesn’t make me sing like a Christmas caroler…Either way, planning is a necessary evil and I want to show you how I make it happen for our family. Check out the insides of the homeschool planner that I use!
What’s in My Homeschool Planner?
I created a homeschool planner that meets all of my planning needs (minus a calendar) throughout the year. This planner includes the following:
- Learning Plan for Fall, Spring, and Summer
- Monthly Goals
- Weekly Lesson Plan
- Reading Log
- Community Service
- Field Trips & Vacation
- Extracurricular Activities
- Doctor Visits
- Safety Lessons & Drills
How Do I Use this Planner?
Learning Plan, Goals, Lesson Plan, and Attendance
- I start out by researching curriculum for each subject that I plan to teach. *I highly recommend All About Reading/Spelling & Apologia.* Once I decide on the curriculum that I want, I write it into my Semester Learning Plan. The Learning Plan Sheet has columns for the subject, the chosen curriculum, and the days that it will be studied each week.
- Each month I set new goals for our homeschool on the Monthly Goals sheet. These goals range from improving my son’s reading level to increasing time spent on a certain subject that we have pushed to the side.
- The Weekly Lesson Plan sheet is where I write down what we plan to accomplish on each day for each subject. This helps to keep everything straight in my head and it serves as a checklist & a work record if we were to ever be audited.
- I keep an attendance log for each day that we do school work, go on field trips, or do community service work. I place the date in the left column and a check mark or x in the right column.
Reading Log, Community Service, and Field Trips & Vacation
- We are working hard to increase the number of books we read. To help with this, I keep up with each completed book in this reading log. When it is filled up, Q1 gets a special treat to celebrate!
- The Community Service Log Sheet contains all volunteer work completed by the school age kiddos.
- 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.
Extracurricular Activities, Doctor Visits, and Safety Lessons & Drills
- Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed by our extracurricular activities so I created a form to help me keep track.
- Our family doesn’t visit the doctor often, but when we do I forget which kid had what within 3 months. The doctor visit form helps me to keep track of any illnesses & medications that my kids have throughout the year without having to keep a mental file.
- It is ALWAYS a great idea to practice safety drills (fire, tornado, etc) with your kids. I use the Safety Lessons/Drills Form so I can easily see when we are due for a refresher.
Where Can You Download the Homeschool Planner?
Want to use this planner for your homeschool? Get your Homeschool Planner here. The download is available in 2 different colors so you can choose which you like best! You can also grab planning freebies in the Member Resource Library!