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Homeschool Guides and Planners!

Yep, our first homeschool academic year is coming to an end and what a crazy year it has been! It has proved to be the best decision that we could have made for the kids, it just works for us. Their sparkle has returned and they are happy and enjoying school! We are definitely committed to this path which was a giant leap of faith for us and we are looking forward to the next academic year. This also means that I have gone into extreme planning mode and now I know what works and what doesn’t I am also changing the curriculum for next year. I will do a separate post on our changes to our curriculum, book list, activity day list, movie list and our supplies list for the coming year…yes, whether you are homeschooling mom or not lists, lists and more lists are great for organization!

I have discovered and stumbled upon so many wonderful blogs which have proved to be invaluable but I have also invested in some books… It is official, I have become addicted to all things homeschool! Kindle books are great but sometimes I just love having a hard copy of a book I realize that this is extremely outdated of me but well what can I say..! So here are some of my homeschooling books that I have really enjoyed reading. Whether you are someone who is considering homeschooling or a seasoned veteran of homeschool it is always great to keep things fresh!

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Now comes the big planning decision, after confessing my outdated book habit I am taking a big step by opting and investing in an electronic homeschool planner! For the past year I have been using good old pen and paper but the idea of having it accessible on all devices and all the other scheduling and quirky other features, such as the kids receiving daily schedules and even the husband receiving grocery lists…I just couldn’t resist! I am leaning towards Homeschool Planet as this was highly recommended and has features that really appeal but it would be great to hear about any experiences you have with electronic planners or any recommendations that you may have. I am in the process of designing my own spreadsheet for our meal planning so that it is easier for recipe planning and grocery shopping!

It seems that I have gone into planning overdrive and we are only in June..!Β I would love to hear about any homeschool books that you would recommend and your experiences with different planners..x

 

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  1. Congrats on finishing your first year of homeschooling! That calls for a big celebration! It is a huge accomplishment. I have never used a planner. I school 6 kids and have found using laminated charts and a master chart for me has worked best. We also use a workbox sort of system that keeps things organized. I have chart after chart after chart! Charts for school, menus, food inventory…you name it! I hear you on the organizing stuff. You are amazing! Keep up the good work. Blessings.

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    • Thank you so much, it is great to hear from another chart and list person! I love to laminate…I am now thinking of laminated meal planners! I have just been enjoying reading your posts on your blog x

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  2. Congrats on a successful first homeschool year! Way to go! I’ve never used a homeschool planner, but I am a list-maker. I’ll be waiting to hear how you like using your electronic planner. Looking forward to your upcoming posts as well. 😊

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    • Thank you so much. The longer we homeschool, the more I have noticed the positive effects on the kids and the more interested I have become in absolutely everything related to homeschool! It’s not the path we started out on and is not the right choice for everyone but for our family it has been the best decision we could have made x

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  3. I’m not a homeschool instructor, but I feel you pain in finding the right planner. I’ve even resorted to index cards and sticky notes, a la Trello (ever seen that site?) I think that combination is working – now if I could reduce some of my to-do load, I’d be golden.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this! I’ve never been able to find the right planner…so I’m reading all the comments and suggestions too! πŸ™‚

    For now, I’m using Evernote as a list, planner…you name it. Basically, it helps me sync between my notebook and phone so I can have my stuff with me all the time.

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  5. I never even considered an electronic planner. I might need to consider that for next year. This year I’m using The Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell, and a variety of colored pens I found at Costco. I never expected to reach the level of color coded planning, but as they get older I need to be able to look and easily see who’s doing what when.

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  6. Welcome to the homeschool world! So glad you had a wonderful first year.

    We’ve come to the end of homeschooling for our first child, and have three left in the home. I’ve done a lot of trial and error with list making, chore charts, washer peg charts, and the list goes on. I’ve found what works best for me is making my own spiral bound daytimer with sections in it divided by those coloured school sectionals you buy at the dollar store.

    I make a section for the monthly calendars, one for each child’s school plan for the year, a section that divides the day for myself between each child and the help they’ll need with this or that school work (otherwise the day falls apart if I don’t know who I am to be sitting with), a section for our history planning (my big favourite with lots of detail), a school field trip section, a book list section to keep track of all novels read by each child, and some lined paper at the end for jotting down my own notes and ideas throughout the year to keep in mind for the next year.

    May seem kind of pen and paper old school compared to all the technology out there these days, but it’s what’s worked for me for a long time. Oh, and I always make a cover with the four kiddos on the front from our summer vacation. I’ve been thinking about blogging on that very idea of making a school planner but have yet to get around to it. And speaking of, that’s my August plan…planning my planner, so I better get to it!!

    Oh ya, and as far as some really great reads on homeschooling…the one that stuck out the most for me was The Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola. Big time on narrating back read alouds and using living books.

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    • Thank you so much for sharing your planner. The sections that you have chosen to use, have given me some great ideas for what I should be including. Having your field trips in your planner is so useful. I absolutely love the idea of using a photo from the summer for the cover, that is a personalization feature that is really missing from the electronic planners. I look forward to reading your planning post and hope you and your family have a wonderful summer x

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  7. This will be my first year homeschooling our 8yr old daughter and I am starting with the old fashioned pen and paper planner. I don’t know if I’ll continue this way but for now the thought of having to learn an online planner is too daunting. lol PS I love lists and charts too.

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    • For the first year I used a pen and paper planner. I found it to be the best way as there are so many new items to introduce and decisions to make. Homeschooling has been the best decision we have ever made for the kids but I agree, it was also one one of the most daunting! Hope you both have a great year! x

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  8. I homeschooled my boys with the Montessori Method and loved using charts and their own journals..even the little ones. They felt in control of what they learned when I had lessons around, and they kept track of which ones they did. I would go through once a month and update. Online language was the best thing I ever paid for! Good for you! My son is now going to a top college next year πŸ™‚

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  9. This is our first year homeschooling and the kids really love it. I use an online planner called Homeschool Manager. I enter the lessons and the grades when needed. I really like it because it allows you to print report cards. The kids really love seeing their grades and it gives us an opportunity to show where they need to improve. I have a five subject notebook that I keep track of the field trips, meal plans, bills, website passwords and user names and the last tab is for miscellaneous notes. I wish you all the best this year!

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  10. Feeling committed and completing a first year of anything is so exciting! Congrats to you and your family. πŸ™‚ I am in total agreement with you about physically holding a book – sometimes it is nice! I was just posting about that today on my blog! I’d love for you to check it out! The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas is also one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

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