Homeschool planning. Lesson plans. If you’re like me, you love to plan. It’s often hard to find a good, reasonably-priced planner that meets our unique needs as homeschooling parents.
If you know anything about Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations, you know know that she is incredibly gifted when it comes to graphic design and useful homeschool pages, forms, and stuff. (“Stuff” is a highly technical term. Don’t let it throw you.)
Now, Jolanthe has created a fabulous planner just for homeschoolers and one of the best things about it is that it’s in a PDF format that you can customize, save, and reuse year after year.
The Weekly Homeschool Planner contains:
- 40 weekly planning sheets
- 12 month-at-a-glance pages
- Attendance record forms
- State requirements page for keeping the legal details easily accessible
- Preschool planning pages
- Menu planning pages
- Contacts pages
- Curriculum planning forms
- Evaluation tracking forms
- Chore charts
- Field trip and event planning
- To-Do lists
This 138-page planner is filled with the kind of quality detail that you’ve come to expect if you ever used any of Jolanthe’s printables. A couple of things about the planner that I especially like are:
1. You can expand on ideas listed in your weekly planner by using the journal sheets. Jolanthe suggests using these sheets to record books you and your children have read or extracurricular activities, which I also plan to do, but I also have enjoyed using them to record more detail about activity plans that may not fit in the weekly planner boxes.
For example, I have used the journal pages to list details about hands-on activities, such as related websites, directions, or a more detailed plans that I don’t want to forget.
2. You can save the entire homeschool planner as a record of your school year. I’m bad about filling out lesson plan sheets for the week, then discarding them when I’m finished. By filling in each of the 40 weekly planner pages as I go and saving the entire homeschool planner each time I update it, at the end of the year, I’ll be able to look back and see exactly what we did over the course of our school year.
Not only will it make a nice keepsake, but it will make writing up our state-required yearly progress reports much easier. I wish I’d had something like this when I began homeschooling Brianna. If I had, I could look back over those planner pages now to be reminded of things that I might like to do with Josh and Megan.
Being the planner-type that I am, I’ve looked at a lot of planners since we began homeschooling and there are some pricey ones out there. At only $20, I think the Weekly Homeschool Planner is reasonably-priced for one use – but this is a planner that you can use every year, just by saving the updates under a different file name.
Be sure to check out the Weekly Homeschool Planner page where you can purchase your planner, learn more about it, or look at a sample and try out some of the editable features. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for links.)