A Homeschool Planning Solution
For years, I kept all my homeschool scheduling information in one spot–a spiral bound notebook. The design was a little uninspiring (being just plain lines and all), and having to recreate each page was tedious. I decided last year to make my own, and to share with you as well. Over the course of the year, I’ve improved on the journals a bit. I added instructions, combined the three separate journals, added daily schedule pages, and created the My Homeschool Planning Journal.
As you can see in the images, there are three designs available: Birds, Coloring, and Flowers. The birds are pretty line drawings, so you can color those or leave them as is. The birds journal has colored worksheets as well, coordinating with the pretty watercolor on the front. The coloring journal has animals, flowers, and butterflies with lots of white space for doodles and notes. I printed the flowers journal for myself–there are a number of beautiful floral watercolor designs inside with pleasantly colored worksheets coordinating with the watercolors.
Each My Homeschool Planning Journal is a 152-page digital PDF download with two variations available–“With Subjects” or “Blank”. (See the Homeschool Scheduling section for more information. Please be careful to choose the appropriate journal when ordering.)
My (Teacher) Homeschool Planning Journal ~ Three Sections
Each journal has four full pages of instructions to help you plan your year–and your homeschool!
Our Objectives Child-by-Child
What We Value in Our Home
The What We Value overview page will help you and your spouse assess what the core values for your homeschool are. With just a few areas to fill in, you can review this page over and over again throughout the year to be certain you’re still working toward the goals you hold dear. This will help you stay on-track!
This is such an important area of development to take into account! Set goals for the spiritual development of each child.
Physical & Life Skills Development
Homeschool offers the perfect opportunity to help kids develop appropriate physical and life skills, like exercising, nutrition, home economics, and even job skills. Plan what you’ll focus on for the year ahead.
Academics are generally what we think of when we think of school, aren’t they? Here you can plan your attack for each child’s academic development for the year.
Last, but definitely not least, establish your relational objectives for each child for the year. How will your child work on loving others this year?
Subjects and Supplies
Subjects to Study
There are Subjects to Study worksheet sets for four students, each comprised of three pages. Again, if you need more or less, you can print accordingly. You won’t want to schedule work for your children in every subject area, but these worksheets will help you think through your plan of attack.
Our Curriculum List
There are two pages of curriculum lists for four children (print more or less as needed). These curriculum planning worksheets allow you to list the subjects each child will be studying, and to compare available curricula with pros and cons, prices and purchasing locations, and to check each off once you’ve purchased the curriculum (or put an X if you’ve decided against it).
The resource list has numbered spaces for 50 items. Use it to help you while you’re shopping for books, instruments, etc. For those of us using a literature-based curriculum, this is a must! Also, this list is helpful to catalog YouTube videos, project instructions you find on Pinterest, and more.
The supply list also has space for 50 items. On this list, you can include school supplies like paper and pens, art supplies for projects, and supplies for science experiments, musical instruments, etc. With the “Weeks Used” column, you’ll know exactly when you need to have each supply, and you can add to this list throughout the year.
Our Plans Week-by-Week
The Our Plans section will help you schedule your homeschool. Now that you know what your objectives are, what subjects you’re studying, and what curriculum, resources, and supplies you need, it’s time to plan each week of your year.
There are two weekly schedules in each journal (one that allows for two grouped schedules–see the instructions). This is where you’ll plan how your day will generally run. You’ll want to schedule breaks and subjects — and what day you’ll complete them on. Of course, this will become a routine, as our lives aren’t run by time slots, but it helps to have a general idea how each day will go.
The “With Subjects” variation of each journal has two schedules with Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm columns and rows.
The “Blank” variation of each journal leaves the day and time slots blank for less conventional schedules.
Each journal has 50 weekly schedules. Even if you don’t school year-round, you can schedule fun projects or note ideas. Or, you can just print fewer weekly schedules. It’s up to you! Each weekly schedule has space to list the resources and assignments for that week. I write my week numbers on my calendar in erasable pen. If we need to take a week off, I just move the weeks around.
- Christian History
- Language Arts
There are 50 corresponding daily schedules to go with the weekly schedules. They include space to make notes for each day. This is one section I wished I had this year as I used the previous journal. It’s nice to be able to write out what my responsibility is each day, to note what supplies I need to set out, or to remind myself we have a field trip.
Printing & Storing the Journal
I printed my journal duplexed (double-sided) on thick white cardstock (this is my favorite because it prints so nicely: Neenah Premium Cardstock, then had it bound at my local printing store, but you can also print on paper and then three-hole punch the pages before storing them in a binder.
Purchase Your My Homeschool Planning Journal
You can purchase your copy in the Homeschool Tools section of the store.
~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.