Have you picked out your planner for the 2016-2017 school year? It’s planning season again and many of us are looking for new planners.
Some of these planners are preprinted and shipped to you, while others are digital downloads that you can print. Some planners are expensive and have all sorts of whistles and bells. Other planners are free and able to be customized to fit your needs.
Take your pick. These are six of my favorite planners, and in the last 15 years of homeschooling I’ve tested quite a few!
Six Paper Homeschool Planners
1. Homeschool and Day Planner
The Homeschool and Day Planner is the dated planner I created and use. There are pages at the front of the planner to write your morning, afternoon, and evening routines. Since I loathe having more than one spot to plan my life, I do my best to keep everything in one spot. My household routines need to be in my main planner.
In addition there’s dated monthly pages and dated weekly pages. Each weekly page spread is immediately followed by that week’s homeschool planning pages. Personally I keep a paper clip to mark my spot so I can easily flip between my weekly homeschool plans and my weekly appointments and to-do list.
There are lined note pages through out the planner. You can use these for brain dumps as I do, monthly to-do lists, or simply an easy spot to jot a quick note to yourself.
At the end of the Homeschool and Day Planner are pages to plan your homeschool year, more lined note pages, and contact pages. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been caught out of the house and needing to call a friend for more information. Having their phone number on hand has saved my bacon time and time again.
The Homeschool and Day Planner comes in two sizes: a full size with plenty of space to write and sit on your desk, or a half size which is easy to carry around.
2. Weekly Homeschool Planner
The Weekly Homeschool Planner is an undated, editable, printable e-book. Meaning you can edit the pdf document to include months, subjects, lesson plans, and more.
Then you print it up for the year and can either keep it in a 3-ring binder or take it to be spiral bound.
There are many handy pages, such as a page to track what the legal requirements for your state are. The weekly pages are in grid form with a journal section able to be placed across from it.
I’m falling in love with the format. I have the grid to track individual assignments, but the journal to note preschool plans, needed discussions, and points I want to remember.
3. The Well-Planned Day
The Well-Planned Day homeschool planner is a spiral-bound and designed for 4 children. They used to offer a pdf version, which I used years and years ago, but no longer.
The Well-Planned Day Homeschool Planner includes room for contacts, pages for home management and meal planning, as well as articles, tips, and the organization pages you need to plan your homeschool. It’s an all-in-one planner.
The main subjects are labeled down the side. The biggest issue for me was the labeled subject list and, more importantly, that it only included pages for 4 children.
I prefer to plan for all 6 of my children, not just the 4 oldest or youngest.
4. The Catholic Daily Planner
The Catholic Daily Planner is a beautiful daily planner. You can purchase just the daily planner or add the homeschool planner to it. It’s a simple, but effective, table.
My problem last year was that I ruined it by planning out the year on it. I needed to see the plans so I knew what we were doing, and I loved having the needed science supply list at my finger tips.
However we changed our language arts plans and timetable after the first quarter. That meant I needed to erase the plans. Since I’d written in ink, I tried liquid paper.
Liquid paper leaves quite the bumpy surface when it dries and is hard to write on. So I gradually stopped using the planner, which sits on my desk.
The best part of the planner was being able to keep track of all my to-dos, meal plans, appointments, and homeschool plans all in one place. Destroying the homeschool planning part was unfortunate.
5. A Simple Homeschool Planner
A Simple Homeschool Planner includes a transcript page. That’s a great bonus when you have high school students! The curriculum list is simple and just what I need.
The grids are small though; I’m planning for 6 children so I need more room than is provided. It’s printable, so another option is to simply print as many sheets as needed for each child.
6.Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
Tina at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus has wonderful paper homeschool planners you can create. Her seven steps walk you through the process of creating personal paper homeschool planners from start to finish.
There are beautiful cover sheets, various styles of printables, and the planner is able to handle up to 6 children. I’ve tried it myself. There is enough room to draw a line and still have plenty of space to write notes about what each child needs to cover that day.
I’ve found I prefer to sacrifice the space of a daily planner so I can see the entire week. It means I don’t have as much room to write detailed lesson plans.
This doesn’t make much difference for me as my older 4 children independently work off their own personal planner. I simply have to stay on top of their studies and maintain quality control.
I’ve Tested Many Paper Homeschool Planners
As you can tell, I’ve tried many paper homeschool planners over the years trying to find one that truly fits my style of homeschooling, especially as the children have grown older and more independent.
The planner I use is the 6X9 inch Homeschool and Day Planner. It has the space I need to track all the details of my daily life as well as the space to plan my homeschool.
What type of homeschool planner do you use?