I love seeing the BIG picture! When I sit down to chart out our plans for the school year–I always start with long-range planning. Over my 14 years homeschooling, I’ve established an important planning routine. It basically goes something like this…Choose my curriculum, start locating books and resources, identify goals, and finally–plot it all out in a long-range plan. My need to map out a plan for the entire school year is one of those things I took from my time and training as a classroom teacher. Not everything from those years applies to homeschooling–but this planning skill has been a valuable take-away! (I share a few of my other favorite take-aways from my time teaching in this post!) So let’s get dreaming and creating a plan for your school year! My free homeschool planner will help you see the big picture and stay organized!
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What’s Included and How do I use it?
Homeschool at-a-Glance Planner includes pages for recording your curriculum choices, resources–and probably my favorite…a book tracker!
After deciding on curriculum, I like to go through and see what extra books are required. Instead of purchasing them as a large bundle from the curriculum publisher, I’ve saved a lot of money by writing the titles down and searching for the books in my library and on Amazon.
Long Range Planning Pages
I use the Year-at-a-Glance page for keeping track of main ideas and concepts we will be covering each month. For some subjects or curriculums, you may just be putting chapters, units, or lesson numbers here (curriculums like Saxon Math, which mix lots of topics). This is a great time for you to think about how many total lessons or units are in your curriculum–and then how many you will need to cover each week to finish the curriculum by a certain date. Be sure to think about busy times for your family, where you may be covering less material–Thanksgiving through the New Year is always crazy at my house! And build in some cushion–you may need extra time if the material is challenging (or the flu bug takes over your house)! (One of my Year at-a-Glance pages has blank lines so you can add in your own subjects!)
Quarter at-a-Glance Planning Pages
I created pages for planning the quarters so that you can get a little more focused and detailed–but still have a nice “wide lens,” view of your homeschool and goals. You may want to fill these out just prior to the next quarter, because we all know even our best laid out plans will need tweaking as we go through the year! You’ll find 4 pages with the quarters broken into specific months, and also one page left blank for you to fill in specific months that might better suit your homeschool schedule.
I love being able to see the big ideas and specific units for the entire month–and I hope you’ll love it too! This is something I like to do as the new month is approaching–not a year in advance! I’ve also included a page to help you get organized for the upcoming month!
Special Days and Events
The Homeschool at-a-Glance Planner also includes pages for planning field trips and holiday celebrations!
Another thing I’m so excited about in this planner are my pages for setting personal goals for your child–and personal goals for your homeschool! This past year, my big goals were to take a weekly nature walk, have a weekly poetry tea time, and do a monthly field trip.
I hope the Homeschool at-a-Glance 17+ planning pages will bless you and your family as you map out your homeschool year and adventures! Thank you for being a valued subscriber! You can also find the Life. Unimaginable Home+School Planner (27 pages) in my Subscriber Free Resource Library! It has great pages for planning out your weekly plans (and managing your household tasks)!
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