Currently I’m using the Homeschool & Day Planner I created.
The full size planner is awesome. It has tons of room for my to write notes, plan, and comment on events of the week. However it’s too big and heavy to comfortably carry around everywhere. I stopped using it.
6X9 inch Homeschool and Day Planner
Then I discovered I had no working planner. Appointments were slipping through the cracks. I thought I was losing my mind trying to keep up with all the myriad to-do’s that are part of a homeschooling mom’s life. Ugh. So I spent quite a bit of time creating this dated Homeschool and Day Planner.
Let’s take a look at it!
The beginning of the planner has a spot for routines. I haven’t done as much with these as I should, mainly because I’m trying to avoid committing myself to any one morning routine.
I need to bite the bullet and commit to a morning routine, afternoon routine, evening routine, and homeschool routine. I’ve seriously considered crossing out the homeschooling and printing weekly instead. This would give me one spot for all of my cleaning routines!
Brain Dump and Lists
Before each monthly plan, there are note pages. I use the sheet on the right-hand side for my brain dump or monthly to-do list. The brain dump lets me clear my brain and put all those nagging thoughts such as pick up graduation announcements for my second son in one spot. I then check them off like a to-do list.
The other page is used for notes. Did I hear about an awesome book or class, I jot it down on that page. It’s a catch-all for odd information that needs to be written down somewhere.
If you’ll note the upper left-hand corner, I’ve used a bit of Washi Tape to mark the monthly calendars. That little bit of tape helps me find the calendars more quickly.
The monthly calendars hold all appointments, birthdays, posts, contributor posts, volunteer work, and the week of Tapestry we’re scheduled for. I tend not to write regular appointments that happen every single week, since those don’t slip my mind. Everything else is written down.
These pages give me the best overview of my commitments. I can instantly see if I have family visiting, posts due, and birthdays that week.
The weekly calendar is dated and gives me the nuts and bolts of my week. All appointments are written down on my weekly pages along with any to-do’s that need to happen.
For instance if I know I need to call the dentist to make an appointment in a month, I’ll flip forward a month and make a note. When I reach that date, I’ll call the dentist and make the appointment.
So my daily to-do’s get written down. As a mom of 6 kids, I try not to write more than 3-4 to-do’s outside my normal daily routine. If I need to make a longer list, I’ll grab a post-it note to stick inside my planner. Post-it notes are especially awesome for shopping and errand lists.
I also write down notes about what occurred that day. Many days don’t have anything remarkable. Other days I’m calling the manufacturer of my printer or placing an order by phone. I write down any order or reference numbers I’m given in my planner. The information is sitting right in my planner if I need to call the company back!
If my kids get injured or sick, I’ll also make a note. Did the doctor give us special instructions? They’re copied down in my planner for reference.
Weekly Homeschool Plan
Here’s next week’s plans… which I haven’t started yet. We had a few minor crisis that popped up, so my older kids and I will sit down and plan our week together Monday morning. My weekly homeschool plan isn’t dated. It also immediately follows the weekly calendar. This allows me to use a paper clip to mark my location.
I’m playing with the notion of using the top row for my blogging work. Write a post, work on a book, or answer emails.
The other rows vary each week. My past system has been to give each child a row and write down exactly what I need to discuss with them each day. Since another son is graduating, I’m thinking about changing my approach and writing the subjects down the side.
Or I’ll use 3 rows for my upcoming 8th and 11th grade students and the remaining 2 rows for my kindergartner and 1st grader. Right now I’m testing the different variations each week until I find one I adore.
End of the Planner
My planner ends with some lined sheets for notes. These are great for keeping various lists. Afterwards I have planning sheets where I’m writing, and rewriting, my thoughts for next year. Did I forget anything? Actually I discovered spelling for my upcoming 1st grade daughter slipped my mind.
Next are a couple more note pages where I keep information I want close at hand such as the color codes for my blog, image sizes, and contact pages. If I’m out and about, I can easily call family or friends.
I Adore My Planner
My planner is absolutely awesome because it allows me to keep everything in one spot. In the front I can have my cleaning routines, once I make a commitment to a series of routines. There’s plenty of room for lists, notes, and information I need on hand.
The weekly pages give me the overview I need and the space to plan my homeschool. My Homeschool and Day Planner is able to track all the details of my life in one spot.
What are you looking for in a planner?