I suppose you could consider me to be a veteran homeschool mom. I've been homeschooling for over twenty years now. My oldest is 25 and living on his own. My three younger children are 19 (now in college), 17 (junior), and 15 (freshman). There have been lots of fun things, wonderful things and also a fair share of challenging things through the years. One of the challenging things early on was planning and record keeping. Planning and record keeping is required in most states including Missouri where I live.
Through the years I tried many different planning and record keeping methods... traditional teacher plan books, typing everything out and printing it, printing out charts I found online and filling them in, writing it out in notebooks, on notebook paper, and in little 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 who had the answer to my quandary—the Well Planned Day planner.
|The proof is in the pudding. Here are my last six planners!|
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. For the last six years, I taught three. I put assignments for Emily in the first line, Michael in the second, and Amy in the third in each section. Things I did with all three children were put on the fourth line. This year I will only have two students, because Emily is starting college. I will have two lines for each student in each subject. As you can see, I use a lot of abbreviations.
|Tiger wanted to get in on the Thanksgiving week planning!|
Perhaps he wants me to pencil in a little turkey for him?
|My life is in my planner. This is an easy month!|
This is my new calendar. I just love the colors this year! It's so pretty. So far, only a few items have made the pages. I'm sure they'll be quite full beginning in September. 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 and going to college who need rides. With only one vehicle, I'm the designated driver for dad and kids.
|Notice the scripture readings.|
Each month there are perforated shopping lists. You can use this however you like. Sometimes I label lists Aldi, Walmart, Dollar General etc. Sometimes I write down menu ideas in one section, then write ingredients I need to buy under the appropriate store. There's also a place on each week's page to write in a dinner menu.
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.
I'm just starting to fill in the class plans for 2016-2016. There's a place for a photo, grade, weight, age, etc. I usually don't fill those in, but it's a good place for a record of growth—especially for youngsters.
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