Making A DIY Homeschool Planner Has Advantages
I really wanted to make a homeschool planner because I wanted it to suit me. I hated seeing blank pages. So I made my own. It worked!
Keeping a simple homeschool 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 diary.
A Homeschool planner that looks beautiful adds cheer and motivation to your planning.
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.
Make notes quickly. Find things easily.
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. It’s my homeschool diary.
My first division is Menu planning. My next division is term planning.
Here are some suggested divisions when you make a homeschool planner:
- Household forms—week at a glance, chores and cleaning, home repairs, budget.
- Menu Planning—for monthly menus, shopping lists and recipes (slipped into a clear sleeved folder).
- Special Events—Christmas planning, birthday lists etc.
- Term Planning—ideas for next term, student planning.
- Homeschool Lists—book lists, composer lists, field trips and nature walks.
- Projects –you might be renovating a bathroom or planting a vegetable garden, so you can keep all your information together in this section.
- Student Notes—keep track of assignments, skills and make notes for record keeping.
Note: Your homeschool planner 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.
“A good system shortens the road to the goal.”
Start simply and let your homeschool planner grow as the need arises.
When You Make A Homeschool Planner Add Structure Not Clutter
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.
Remember when you make a homeschool planner 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.