Sharing ideas, teaching tips and resources for the homeschool journey.
Keeping a simple homeschool and household planner gives focus to your routines and goals. It also aids record keeping and helps your day run smoothly. You can make your own homeschool tracker.
The first thing you will need is a folder—or binder. A folder gives you flexibility allowing you to rearrange, add and subtract pages as desired.
Using a three ring folder makes the pages much more secure than using a two ring folder (you might have to buy a three ring hole punch also).
If you buy a clear sleeved folder you can insert paper into the front, back and spine of the folder. This is a lovely way to personalise your homeschool planner. I used paper from a scrapbooking supplies shop, some use children’s art work or their own creation. Choose something you like as you will be looking at it often.
Tab dividers are essential for quick reference in your homeschool and household planner.
Divide your planner into sections that work logically putting the most frequently used pages at the front.
For example: My week at a glance page is the first page in my folder and the yearly calendar is slipped into the side pocket. My first division is Menu planning. My next division is term planning.
Here are some suggested divisions:
Note: This is not for storing children’s work but rather a place for planning and record keeping. See our notebooking ideas for your children’s work.
Start simply and let your planner grow as the need arises.
Do not feel compelled to add forms to your planner just to fill it up. Endless sheets will discourage and decrease your motivation. Don’t become ruled by charts and graphs but rather make the planner your slave.
Keep your planner for planning and resist the temptation to use it as a filing system for bills and birthday cards.
Re-evaluate your system removing unused forms and add systems that work for you.
The list below is from our Pretty Planner Pages ebook.
I put the Pretty Planner Pages together because I like my planner to look beautiful and be functional. The cheery pages motivate and beg me to fill them out. I also keep a supply of blank lined paper for notes.
Remember only start with the forms you think that you need. You can always add extras later.
The terrific thing about making your own homeschool planner is that you can put what ever you like in it. You can even design your own pages that custom suit your family. I have sections for each of my children. I also include documents that I need for my homeschool registration.