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A second try at creating an amazing homeschool bullet journal.
Several weeks ago I wrote about how I was using a homeschool bullet journal for homeschool planning as well as regular planning. I stopped using it after a few weeks for a couple of reasons.
The bullet journal Didn’t Work
- The homeschool bullet journal would NOT stay open on its own. This is highly annoying. I need it open on my desk next to me so I can glance over and see my to-do list. When I shop, I hope my book to the shopping list and put it in the basket. A simple glance down and I see my shopping list.
- I quickly determined I wasn’t a fan of the half-page/day spreads. They were either too much or too little paper for me to plan. The half-page/day spread also didn’t show me my day. Ugh.
After some angst and consideration, I decided to go purchase a new journal to try again. This is almost the journal I found. Mine doesn’t have the nifty elastic band around the outside and is red, otherwise, they are very similar.
My New Homeschool Bullet Journal
There are several changes I made to the organization of my new homeschool bullet journal.
- All the monthly calendars are at the front. Each spread has the monthly calendar on the right and the month’s note and to-do’s on the left. This gives me the ability to future plan without needing to spread my daily pages throughout the journal.
- After the monthly calendar pages, I begin my daily pages. At first, I tried just writing down a to-do list for myself, but I didn’t enjoy it. Now I’m putting my schedule down one side of the page and my to-do list down the other side. There’s even room at the bottom to journal events and information I want to remember.
- A homeschool planner is included in the daily pages. I’m quickly creating a table and using it to track the children’s math lessons this summer. If the table works well, I’m going to continue to use it this winter.
- Decretive pink tape is placed along the edge of my weekly homeschool planning pages making it easy to find the homeschool pages.
- I glued my Motivated Moms household chore list to the top of each daily page.
- Most importantly, I only worked two weeks into the future. This way I can adapt the daily pages to suit me better, and I’m not committed for the rest of the year to a daily planner that’s not quite right.
- All contact and reference pages are in the back. This makes it easy for me to find a blank sheet of paper for lists, I just open to the back and go.
- An index is in the front. This meant I had to page number all 600 pages in my homeschool bullet journal, but I can easily reference any page I need.
I did alter my long-range homeschool planning. The Tapestry of Grace reading lists are used every week. I simply placed a post-it note of any information I needed for the week in question. This included science supply lists and tests to give.
So far I’m loving my daily pages. The schedule tells me what I should be doing at any given time, and the to-do list gives me the details of what needs to be done. I’m finding I am also keeping a running to-do list of general items I remember I need to do.