As 2019 comes to a close, let the 2020 homeschool planning begin! I do my big homeschool planning in the summer, but I always re-evaluate during the winter break. And with that planning, I sometimes need to grab a new planner. I’ve used the Living Well Planner, Plan Your Year, Well-Planned day and I’ve even made my own (check out the subscriber freebies for mine). Please enjoy this guest post review of the Well-Planned Day because having the right homeschool planner can make all the difference.
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Homeschooling Daytimers fresh from Amazon
These are a few of my favourite things…“
Can’t you just see Julie Andrews singing that on a Swiss mountaintop? She was a homeschooler herself right? Pulling those curtains from the windows and harnessing kid energy to make outfits while singing around a strumming guitar.
I can’t see her putting alerts at choir appointments or for morning prayer. I can’t even see her writing her daily kid activities in a daytimer. A total unschooler.
Because I enjoy writing, keeping a pen in hand, I personally don’t rely on my pocket-sized rectangular electronic planner. No Instagram-binging distractions, no Facebook rabbit trails, I need my paper planner to schedule coffee dates, kids’ study plans and extracurricular activities.
I saw the advertising. They said this planner had it all. (Call me a skeptic, but I would decide for myself.)
The only thing this planner didn’t have was the monthly tabs that I could flip over the summer months to the beginning of our study year, September. Turns out, it was user’s error; there were tabs. But on the side, not on the top where I expected them.
This planner, though, does have it all! The Well-Planned Day is clearly written by a homeschool mama. There’s a space for four kids’ daily activities: science, history, languages, etc. (If you have more than four kids, I don’t know what you’ll do.)
What is found in this planner?
1. A title that speaks to me: The Well-Planned Day.
You know whoever planned this planner was thinking of the right motivational lingo to get me going. Since I’m in charge of my child’s education, I need to plan the days well, and be intentional.
2. Space for logging up to four children’s academic activities.
Luckily, that works for me. Sorry, my son, we can’t have a baby brother. I won’t be able to write down his activities when he becomes school-aged.
3. Encouraging tidbits
Encouraging tidbits to begin each month, like: “Being a mother is not for the faint of heart; it requires strong self-talk.” Indeed.
4. Organizational tips that come straight from my world.
Like, “Consider storing oft-forgotten items in your vehicle.” Yes, like a basketball, football, lifejackets, swimsuits and towels, tennis racquets and baseball gloves. Yes, my minivan is a school gym storage room!
5. List spaces for weekly Dinner Menus, Errands, and Weekend Activities.
Because we homeschool mamas know that learning opportunities pop up on weekends too.
6. Weekday lists with individual subject spaces.
Subjects like History, Math, English, Science, and space for me to write Languages (presently French and Latin). Also space for extra curricular activities and exercise (got to make sure these kiddos are working out every day). I choose colored markers for each of the subject areas so I can see what we’ve done each week more easily. Blue for language arts, red for math, green for science, orange for history, and purple for Latin. Each of the kids gets their own color for extracurricular activities too.
7. A page of tear-able tiny grocery lists that could be used for groceries.
(I keep that stuff on my iPod or I would lose them in transport). So instead, I use them for errands lists or chores for the kids.
8. At the beginning of each new month there is even an encouraging word, one that applies to me.
I love the title of February: “Time to Switch Curriculum? ” This mama has lived through a February or two. (that month that Christmas is a memory in one’s mind and nothing new is on the horizon and all the curriculum is boring.)
9. The only page I question is this page:
“Attendance record.” How a homeschooled child is going to miss ‘class’, I’ll never know.
Find me a curtain to rip into school uniforms! This homeschool planner is one of my favorite things!
Teresa Wiedrick is always eager to share the freedoms of the homeschool lifestyle with the skeptical, the intrigued, or the interested. Ten years ago, she was searching for arguments against homeschooling, and that search informed her next decade.
Her family began home educating when they moved provinces, and her eldest daughter completed grade two. The schedule-free lifestyle enabled their family to travel across Canada, to the Arctic, into Africa twice, and other interesting places.
Teresa’s oldest daughter recently graduated from a local high school. Her 16, 13, and 10 year old children continue to learn from home and community. (But obviously they’re not always at home, because they’re also at dance, choir, soccer, curling, chess, theatre, the senior center, part time jobs and social events.)
A heart advocate of home education mamas, she’s writing a book on Self-Care for the Homeschool Mama. She can be found on-line Capturing the Charmed Life and on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. She cannot
be found on Snap Chat, because she is too old for that.