The ability to homeschool is a blessing & the need to plan a is a necessary evil that comes along with it. It is difficult to keep track of daily work, attendance, yearly plans, field trips, safety drills, etc when you have toddlers & infants hanging off of your hips. You need a clear cut homeschool planner/record keeping system to make it a bit easier. I want to show you how I simplify the homeschool planning process in our home.
What is My Homeschool Planning Process?
I start out by printing my All-In-One Homeschool Planner. It has sections for all of my homeschool record keeping needs! After I have it all printed and ready to go, I sit down and start working through each page.
Semester Learning Plan
I start out by researching curriculum for each subject that I plan to teach. 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.
Weekly Lesson Plan
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.
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.
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.
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 All-In-One Homeschool Planner?
Want to use this planner to simplify your homeschool planning process? Get yours here!