Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Get Ready for a Great Homeschool Year with The Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner

  Homeschool record keeping is required in nearly all the states in one form or another. There are lots of ways to do it. Planning and record keeping were very difficult during my early years of homeschooling. 

  Through the years I tried many different methods...traditional teacher plan books, typing everything out and printing it, printing out charts I found on-line and filling them in, writing it all out in notebooks, on notebook paper, and in little 5 x 7" student assignment books from the department store.  I even tried sticky notes. I just couldn't seem to make any method stick.
 ~Pun intended.~ 
  Then I chanced to meet a woman at a homeschool convention with the answer to my quandary—the The Well Planned Day Planner

  A few years ago, I met Rebecca Scarlata Keliher at a homeschool conference in Missouri.  She showed me her planner and answered all my questions. I had a lot of questions. ~smile~ At the time, I thought it a bit pricey, but I was desperate and willing to give it a try. I'm so glad that I did. I had no idea just how valuable it would be to me. ~$26.95 if you're wondering.~  I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite homeschooling products. This is my sixth year to use the WELL PLANNED day. Ordering my Well Planned Day is always my top priority when I make my homeschool wish list each year. I don't want to do without it.

  Before we go any farther, I want you to know that because I like this product so much, I am an affiliate.  If you choose to buy after clicking one of my links, I will receive a small commission. This does not affect your cost.

  What I like most is that it is so adaptable. There is room to either plan or record lessons for up to four students in each subject section.  Since I'm currently teaching three, I put assignments for Emily in the first line, Michael in the second, and Amy in the third in each section.  Things I do with all three children are put on the fourth line.  The examples are from previous years. I still have to plan the coming year.
  I use a combination of planning out subjects ahead (in pencil) and recording what they did after the fact.  I use a separate sheet to give them their assignments. This book is for me and for keeping records of what was actually finished. There are boxes to check when assignments are completed. In the photo below, you may be able to read the numbers in the little boxes. I recorded how many hours were spent on each assignment. The highest numbers are usually under SR which stands for silent reading.

  This is my new calendar.  So far, only a few items have made the pages.  I'm sure they'll be quite full before the month is over.  I keep everything on this calendar whether home or school related. If it's not on the calendar, it probably will be forgotten. The words, "I've slept since then," are often heard in our home. This is even more important than ever since I now have children working who need rides. With only one vehicle, I'm the designated driver for dad and kids.

  During 2010, I kept hours for each subject on the attendance pages.  I kept a list of how many hours were accomplished each day for state record keeping.  Missouri requires 1000 hours of instruction. That year Amy had 1,301.25.  I no longer keep track of quarter hours.  If it's not a half hour, I don't count it.  The math became too complicated. 
  This is a product I highly recommend.  I could write out all the features, but it's so much more effective to look for yourself.  I will tell you that it is just $26.95 for the paper version.

~A Word from the Publisher~
Organizing your homeschool and managing your home are made easy with the Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner–the #1 best-selling planner! The encouraging articles, beautiful design, and intuitive layout will help you make the most of your time so you can focus on the things that matter most.
The planner offers helpful home management sections such as an address book, a greeting card registry for birthdays and anniversaries, a one-year Bible reading plan, tear-out shopping lists, weekly priorities, dinner planning, and a special holiday gift organization section . . . plus so much more!
Planners come in a variety of forms, and it is likely that no two people use any given planner the same way. So, the best planners are those that offer flexible structure, providing plenty of resources while still allowing unique usage. The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner offers the perfect pairing of structure and flexibility.
So, what will you find in The Well Planned Day? As a homeschool planner, you’ll see a wide variety of resources to help make planning as easy as possible:
  • 2-page month-in-view spreads
  • schedule and planning pages, including a record of semester goals and monthly spots for recording book lists and field trips
  • semester progress report pages, including space for notes, attendance, and weekly grade averages
  • week-in-view 2-page spread offering space for lesson plans for up to four students
  • sample week-in-view page
  • report cards
But The Well Planned Day does not exclude the “family” aspect of planning.
  • plenty of room for general notes
  • scrapbook, budget, family responsibilities, and correspondence pages
  • perforated shopping lists
  • areas for basic weekly and menu planning on the week-in-view pages
Interspersed throughout the planner, you will find articles intended to encourage, challenge, and assist you in your journey. And all of this is bound together in a beautifully designed, spiral-bound format. No matter how you approach planning and record-keeping, The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool planner is here to make your job just a little bit easier.

 ~Things You'll Want to Know~

If you prefer an electronic version, you can try the My Well Planned Day App free for 30 days.
If you choose to purchase the software, it's currently on sale for $49.99.  Regular price is $64.99.
No credit card necessary.


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  1. What an excellent organizational tool! How nice that someone thought to put it together and offer it to homeschoolers!
    Thanks for the info!!

    Hope you have a nice day.


  2. Sigh, I had no idea this existed when we homeschooled, I used the traditional teachers grading book. I just bought a new Daily Planner for my upcoming semester, I like it, roomy and lots of places to write things down etc. ANYWAYS---great find, Laura!!!

    Blessings to you.

  3. This looks wonderful! We are starting high school homeschooling in the fall, Lord willing, and this book would be a great help to us, that's for sure!! :) Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! God bless you, sweet friend.

  4. Happy Monday Laura! I think after all the years of following you and your blog, I think I am finally going to purchase this planner. With my oldest being in high school this year and my two youngest in elementary this planner will definitely fit my needs. Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs to you, Amy

  5. Good for you, Amy. I really think you'll like it!
    If you click through on one of my links, I'll get a small commission.
    Hugs to you, wish we were near, I bet our boys would love to "play" together.

  6. Yeah, I do best when I have a plan to follow, and it would be nice to have all the schedules, etc, in the same place.

  7. Sounds like a great planner, my friend. I just said to my husband the other day that I needed to find one for school this year....maybe this is the one :) Thanks a bunch for sharing with Roses of Inspiration.

  8. I've got to start filling mine in, Stephanie. I wish our schedule were more regular. Oh well, this is the life God's given me! Better do my best to enjoy it!

  9. I'm certainly glad I found this planner, Linda. They have other planners, too, including a new one for college students. Maybe it would be helpful?


  10. Praise God Cheryl! That's awesome!
    May God give you grace, strength, peace, a tidy house with helpful children, the time, money, and resources to do what He has called you to do!

    I agree, LuAnn!

  11. wow I really need this. thank you for introducing this to me and everyone on the blog. I didn't know about this and I would love to use it. I need all the help I can get.. thanks and God Bless

  12. What a great planner Laura!! I love to get organized at that time of year! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  13. Hello! Thanks for the great giveaway. Shared it on my Homeschool Giveaway Linky here:

    Please feel free to share any other homeschool related giveaways you have in the future. :-)

  14. Thank You for this awesome giveaway! I love it!

    Fiona N

  15. Good luck Fiona!

    I think you'll like it Beads App.

  16. Sounds like a great product Laura! Staying organized is the key. I've always thought that home schooling would be a lot of work. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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