I’m sure you’ve noticed all the nice homeschool planners available. There are so many beautiful free planners and also some nice planners for purchase. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to make them work for me. They don’t fit our life somehow. I always have to scratch things out or add columns. My pages end up a mess due to the alterations I make.
- We don’t plan our day by the hour. We’ve tried but it doesn’t last long. What works better for us, is to focus on certain things in the morning and other things in the afternoon, which means planners organized by time of day don’t work for us.
- We homeschool year-round for 4 days per week, on the 5th day we meet with a homeschool group for friend time, field trips, and other activities. We also run errands then.
- We have our basic subject list – Math, History, Spelling, etc. but we also have projects thrown in here and there. I need to be able to accommodate the routine studies and the various lessons and projects that we add in here and there.
For these reasons and others, I find I need to make my own planner. Using Microsoft Word, I use tables to suit me. Below is my basic daily assignment page and an area of study page. Simple. And customized to my life.
Another thing I love about making my own planner is that I can decide how to bind it. I don’t like bulky 3-ring binders for my planner. I prefer it to be spiral bound. And this year, I’ve found my favorite way thus far – spiral bound along the top. I love this!
I like to have a variety of information at my fingertips, so I use tabs to organize that information.
Behind the Math tab I have a math facts checklist and the table of contents from various math resources I’ll be using throughout the year. I also keep a scope and sequence.
I have tabs for each of our subjects plus calendar, life skills, blog posts, library lists, and more.
So how is your planner working out for you? Are you able to use it as is? Or do you need to make alterations?