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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What's in My Homeschool Planner?

Are you the least bit curious? I've finally printed off the last of my planner pages, have all my pretty binder clips, found a lovely 3-ring binder, some nice colored's pure bliss!

I am using a lot of the forms that I have in the Weekly Homeschool Planner I created {and you can have it too!}, but some of the forms are a little more tailored to our family. Since we have a double-sided printer now, I can print off the forms the way I want them to go in my binder...'cause I can be a little particular like that! You can get an idea on the layout of my pages in this pdf sample of my homeschool planner.

Want to know what's in the planner and how I have things divided out? I found the funky notebook and dividers at Walmart and went from there.

On the back side of my hokey title page {can't stand a blank piece of paper...} I have a page that lists all the homeschool requirements from our state and school district: statute & code specifics, what is required of me, from me, contact information for the local school district, who was notified about our intent to homeschool, where the letter of intent was mailed, and when records are required from us.

The binder then is divided up into the following sections:


I know not all of you would have this section in your notebooks, but between this blog, No Ordinary Moments {my everyday blog}, and Totally Tots....I need a place to keep track of when things are due, what's due, and a place to write down any ideas that I get. I have a running list of post ideas as well as calendars that I've printed off using Cozi that help me keep tabs on stuff.

Monthly Plans

This is where I keep our 'Year at a Glance' sheet and also copies of monthly calendars so I can map out our school year by date including breaks and what we're planning on studying for geography. The 'Year at a Glance' gives me the overall view of what to plug in and I can get more specific with the dated calendar. At the end of this section I have copies of my Geography Planning Sheets so I can plan out each of the countries we are doing and write in resources as I find them.

Weekly Plans

This is the 'nuts & bolts' of our day to day school life. My planning pages for each week are four pages long {only 2 pages front/back}, mainly because of the ages of the kids. The bulk of the girls planning is done on two pages {Galloping the Globe, math, reading/writing/language, Bible, science, Latin, and art}. The second page from the girls is the workbox planning sheet - how each day of the week will lay out. {I'll be posting some of my workbox stuff soon!!}

Kaleb and Zachary take up the next two pages. I'm using my Tot School Planning form for Kaleb and a more basic planning form for Zachary since he is Kindergarten this year. I have space for Bible, math, language/spelling, science, handwriting, and geography for Zachary.

Curriculum Plans & Evaluation

This section helps me keep track of what I am using this year for texts, if it is already purchased {I am still hunting down a few things} and what we have/haven't completed. It's great for me to see it all at a glance and remember some of the more obscure textbooks that I have for us to use.

The yearly plans and evaluations sheets are a place for me to keep track of my goals for our kids that year ~ and a great place to periodically check on through the year and see where we are {or re-adjust the goals that we have}.

I also have pages in this section to keep track of our testing results {yes, we do standardized planning at this point} and any other important evaluation information.

Notes & Contacts

Lots of blank pages for me to jot notes and ideas throughout the day and also keep track of the various homeschoolers and resources in our area.


A little section for me to keep track of my review due dates and information for review writing.


When I see something online or in a magazine that I like I try to either rip out the page or print it off and stash it in this section. I just punch it with a 3-ring punch and can flip through some of the fun ideas to use during our school year.


This section sees {ahem} little use. I think it's really there to just humor me and appease the side of me that likes to feel 'on top of things'. I have detailed lists of all the glorious things that I would like to accomplish in our house on a daily basis. Really, the thought of it just makes me giggle. Seriously.

That's it! A quick glimpse into this years planner for you all! Now I just need to actually USE it and start planning!

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  • I am so glad you posted this!! I have started my planner and I was not completely satisfied with how it was going and I love how you set yours up. Thanks!!

    By Blogger Willow, At July 29, 2009 at 8:43 AM  

  • Thank you so much for sharing this information! This helps out a lot with my planning.

    By Blogger Unknown, At July 29, 2009 at 8:47 AM  

  • You are so organized! I think I may try something like this instead of the basic store-bought weekly planner. For some reason it never really works for me. I think having the different tabs and such might help!

    Thanks for sharing!

    By Blogger Morgan, At July 29, 2009 at 10:13 AM  

  • I am in AWE! I can imagine the smile on your face as you put this binder together. I'm enjoying filling out my new planner that I ordered from you. Thanks for making it available!

    By Blogger Sincerely Anna, At July 29, 2009 at 11:03 AM  

  • Thanks for sharing! I am the least organized person ever and I really need to do this for this school year!

    By Blogger Nikki, At July 29, 2009 at 11:30 AM  

  • You are so incredibly organized. I can't imagine how you find time for everything. So I suggest a post for your blog - time management secrets. By the way, I fixed my email address - I didn't know that it doesn't show until you pointed it out.

    By Blogger Natalie PlanetSmarty, At July 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

  • Wow, you are super organized! Love it! As soon as I get my office cleaned (hopefully today) I plan on working on my school planner. I like the idea of adding the blog section.

    By Blogger Mozer, At July 29, 2009 at 3:02 PM  

  • I like it! Gotta ponder how exactly to do mine. ♥

    By Blogger Jamie {See Jamie blog}, At July 29, 2009 at 3:17 PM  

  • Great idea. I have just begun homeschooling my 3 year old son and am already finding our how important it is to plan things in advance. I will definitely be putting my own spin on this idea to use! Thanks!

    By Blogger Sarah, At July 29, 2009 at 3:53 PM  

  • Love it! Okay so go ahead and whip one up for me and then we'll be all set to start school this monday!! Thanks for the rock!

    By Blogger The Gaertegang Homestead, At July 29, 2009 at 10:24 PM  

  • are you going to consider selling it as an e-book
    I would really like to purchase it that way

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 30, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

  • Kathey -

    I made it an e-book option too - I can't email you directly though to let you know.


    By Blogger Jolanthe, At July 30, 2009 at 10:14 PM  

  • Do you have a form that you made for workbox planning for the week?

    If so, that would be a lovely blog post. I sure would love to see it.

    Virginia Lee

    By Blogger Virginia Lee, At August 31, 2009 at 10:35 PM  

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