I’ve spent years trying to keep track of events and tasks in my life. Desperately trying to stay on top of household and homeschool tasks while adding children, activities, and work. I must have tried every planner under the sun.
Many worked well, but none worked perfectly. It was frustrating.
Have you experienced this same problem? It’s hard, almost impossible, to find the perfect planner to keep your life in order. So I created a spiral-bound planner based on the KISS (Keep It Simple, Sara) principle. It’s my Homeschool and Day Planner.
The Homeschool and Day Planner
Let me tell you all about it and just how I use my planner to end my frustration and keep track of my life!
The homeschool and day planner tracks it all. No longer are there post-it notes lost all over the house. No more frantic searches through my purse for my latest shopping list. No more arguing with a child over their homeschool assignment only to discover… they were right.
Instead it’s all inside your homeschool and day planner. The planner handles the blog, the house, the homeschool, and volunteer events. Appointments are written in it, meal plans, tasks, brain dumps, and due dates. Even daily events are scribbled into the planner.
You know, those events you need to remember or reference later, such as when a child starts a fever. Three days later it’s impossible to remember exactly when the fever started, especially if all the children are passing a bug around. Your handy-dandy homeschool and day planner stores it all!
There are plenty of note pages throughout your homeschool and day planner. Note pages for keeping book lists, brain dumps, to-do lists, and just random notes. There’s a fresh set of note pages before each month’s calendar. I use one of these pages to write my brain dump at the beginning of the month.
That means I write down every task floating in my brain and use it as a monthly to-do list. The more overwhelmed I am, the more I need a brain dump!
In addition we always need to write down books to read, movies to rent, passwords, and curriculum to research. Instead of scribbling on post-it notes which get lost around the house, simply jot down the information into your homeschool and day planner.
If you adore post-it notes, stick the note to this week’s page. No more crazy searches through the house. It’s all in your homeschool and day planner!
The monthly calendar gives an overview of the month. You can see when family and friends are coming to visit. You can track big tasks that need to be done such as home remodels or co-op plans. It’s also a handy place to track all the appointments that go along with a busy homeschooling family.
You can see crazy weeks coming up ahead, plan accordingly, and prepare yourself for the onslaught.
It’s fun to color code your homeschool and day planner! Use one color for household tasks, one for the homeschool, another for appointments, and a fourth for everything else.
Make your homeschool and day planner fit you with stickers, colored pens, and washi tape.
Weekly Planning Pages
These pages can hold detailed to-do lists, meal plans, and daily notes. They also make great tickler files for all those pesky details you need to remember. Details such as the confirmation number of packages, when eye-glasses are due to arrive, and when to purchase travel or concert tickets.
They’re also wonderful for making brief notes on memorable events that happen during the day. Did a child rock a piano recital, say their first word, or make their first speech? Write it down! The weekly pages are fun to browse through years later.
Weekly homeschool pages are directly behind the weekly calendar pages. This means you never need to search for your homeschool plans.
Slip a paper clip into the planner to mark the current week, and all your information is at your finger tips.
Don’t worry if you homeschool year around. There are homeschool planning pages for every single week of the year, even the Christmas holidays.
Don’t you just hate it when you run out of homeschool planning pages and still have several more weeks to go in the year? That’s not a problem with your homeschool and day planner!
The columns can be used for homeschool subjects or your children. Simply write the subject title or the child’s name on the left hand side then jot down your plans for the week. With 8 rows, you have plenty of space for both children or subjects!
Write your detailed homeschool plans and keep track of your life. There’s plenty of room for both!
There are pages to note your long-term plans for subjects or meal plan. These are blank tables to be used however you need. Plan next year’s subjects, this quarter’s reading list, meal plans, or household tasks.
Contact pages are at the back where they’re easy to find. Even if you’re out and about, you’ll always have the phone numbers and addresses of friends and family as long as you keep your homeschool and day planner on hand.
There are even routine page in the front to write your morning, afternoon, and evening routines!