Best Homeschool Year Ever

by heidijo on April 20, 2015

This year we tried something completely new, Quarter Block Schedule. You simply break your school year into 4 quarters, make a list of all subjects you need to cover and slot them into the quarter you think best. This part took a bit of trial and error to find a good balance ratio between which subjects worked best together.

We decided that Math would be good for our first quarter and get it over with. This was a wise decision. Math is tough and the first quarter my boys were ready to go. It was a very good pairing lol. We got it done and then used extra worksheets as weekly review for the rest of the year. We decided to do History for quarter 2, grammar and spelling for quarter 3, science and writing for quarter 4. I sprinkled in phonics, logic, and outlining in there too. We did Bible each quarter and the boys did daily reading.


I can not quite explained how this quarter blocking method has changed our homeschool.  We never felt rushed, we never felt behind, we complete curriculum, we got through more then most years, the boys retained and used what they learned and did most of this without much complaining (well, most days).


As our year is getting ready to finish up…. TWO MORE WEEKS PEOPLE!!!! (I’m just a ‘little’ excited) I am actually looking forward to planning out our next school year. As I look at my stack of curriculum for next school year, yes I have already purchased it and my sister’s hate me for it lol, I was mentally dividing it into which quarter we would do what. So, today I took out my weekly planner and jotted down a few of my ideas.

The first stage of planning is so easy. I used movable post-its to make even easier to organize each quarter. The boys will be covering 10 subjects next year. Take a look at how easy it was to break it down and plan each quarter.

My first stage of quarter planning for 2015-2016

I will be working in more detail on this when I tackle my homeschool yearly planning session. But for now, its great to have a basic idea of the what is to come.

Now to finish the next 2 weeks well and enjoy our beautiful break.



quick life update

by heidijo on March 18, 2015

Well, it’s been a super long time since my last post. From that time till now we have – bought a house, packed up old house, moved into new house, decorated for the holidays, celebrated the holidays, sold the old house, had 17 humans sleeping in one house (love  when family visits), went to Disney, went to Miami, celebrated 3 birthdays, oldest child got her drivers license  and all this while homeschooling, church activities and husbands crazy work travel schedule we’re going on! Whew! Looking back now it was a seriously busy season



My Pink Saffiano A5 Filofax – Aurora

by heidijo on July 17, 2014


Pink Saffiano A5 – Aurora

This pink beauty was my very fist filofax. She holds most of my household notes. She has my schedule/calendar I use DIYfish LM 2.2 do1p  inserts for this. I love these pages sooooo much! I also have tabs for Homeschool, Menus, Chores, Projects and Prepping. I love having everything in one place. Everyday I can just glace at my schedule and all my to-do’s, schedule, homeschool life, chores, menus and appointments are all in one place.  I make it a point to keep this calendar up to date daily, weekly and monthly, so that my weeks flow smoothly.


The inside is so bright and cheery

Even her insides make me smile.  Working in something this pretty is such fun.


Homeschool Notes section

A simple homeschool calendar to keep me on track. I have an easy to use a month on 2 pages and week on 2 pages calendar that helps me keep a good view on my homeschool to-dos.


Diyfish inserts are so fun to decorate

Diyfish inserts are the backbone of this planner. I love that I can see the current month, week and day all at the same time.


How I plan in my homeschool through my day

I take the day schedule section and divide it into Morning, Afternoon and Evenings because that is what works best for my life.  Each school day I add anything that “I” need to remember to do for school. The colored mark it dots lets me what child I need to work with at that time. I also add colored dot stickers at the top of the page to note each morning what needs to be taken out for dinner and what load of wash needs to be put in.


diyfish weekly chart as a checklist

Great I use Diyfish weekly chart for daily homeschool checklist. This gives me accountability tool. Just another thing that helps me get it all done.

Usually where you find me you will find this pink Filofax, it helps me stay on track everyday. The trick it is to update it and keep it current :-)


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