Every year around June/July I start organizing for our coming school year. I am not one of those lucky few who has a head so naturally organized that I can just "keep it all up there". My brain is a fairly chaotic place, like a computer with too many browser windows open. I need to get everything out and onto paper in order for things to run smoothly. But I had trouble finding an already prepared planner that had everything I wanted. So I created a mish-mash, eclectic planner that had everything I needed from free printables online.
Why do this? When I take the time to plan and organize carefully, I have noticed that our homeschool doesn't seem to hit as many rough patches. I have a chronic illness that flares up randomly. Taking the time to plan means that school can still run smoothly even if I am not feeling well. That is very reassuring to me. The very first thing I created this year was my homeschool teacher binder.
a blog post I read last year. Having the daily rhythm offers me flexibility. Nothing has to be timed perfectly, I can follow this regardless of when we start.
My first tab in my planner is labeled "curriculum".
I have three pages printed out, one for each child. I listed each subject, and beside it is the curriculum I plan to use. As I gathered the curriculum I needed at various used book sales I was able to check them off, and I highlighted what I still need to look for. I used the printable I found here. I also printed out a page of all the books on each child's booklist for this year.
The second tab in my binder is labeled "goals".
The third tab in my binder is labeled "yearly plans".
here. I also have a yearly calendar I printed out from here. and our local school districts calendar. (We are home school snobs who avoid public places on school holidays).
The third tab in my binder is "weekly/daily plans"
My last tab is labeled "unit studies". I am doing KONOS with my youngest, and I needed a way to plan out those unit studies.
here and sticky notes to plan out which units we would do in which month. Of course, I used the sticky notes because the "best laid plans often go awry.." Then from the same site I printed out a unit study planner for each month. It allowed me to plan out all our activities, movies, books, and field trips for each unit study!
Overall, I feel very prepared for the year! I will also be sharing my behavior management system, grade keeping, student binders and morning meeting set up over the next few weeks!