A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner 2014-2015

by heidijo on July 15, 2014

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A Simple Plan-Planner for the Homeschooling Family

A Simple Plan is my planner of choice 2 years running. It is just what is says it is “simple”. It fits our homeschool needs perfectly. I love that I have all my records in on place to present for our annual evaluation or to file away. This planner has planning space for up to 6 children. The pages included are Yearly schedule, Yearly Overview by subject, Month at a Glance, Monthly Calendar, Weekly Assignment sheets, and Attendance and Curriculum records. Did I mention that the colors on this planner are AMAZING!!!

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Getting Ready to Plan

All I need is a little Washi tape and some colored pens and I am ready to start. Oh and Mark-it Dots, I can’t plan anything without my Mark-it Dots 🙂

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Our Shelf of Curriculum for 2014-2015

I start by gathering ALL of our curriculum for the coming year in one place. I am very visual and need to see it all.

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Block Teaching Schedule and Curriculum List

I make a quick list of all the curricula I am using for each child and list it in their planning section in the planner.  I also lay out our general plans for the year. This year we are switching to a Block Teaching Schedule in which I have divided our school year into 4 quarters. You can see how I break down this plan HERE.

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Curriculum Breakdown and Planning

I then take each workbook, curriculum, audio and resource that I will be using and figure out how many lessons, pages, or chapters need to be done in a day and a week. It is as easy as adding how many lessons in the book and dividing it by the day/weeks you are planning to cover it. I know this seems overwhelming but it is so nice to have everything figured out and organized for the coming school year.

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Yearly Overview Pages

I take all that curriculum breakdown information and write it on the Yearly Overview page. Each child get 6 pages, so a usually do a subject per page. These are for reference on how I ‘plan’ the year to go.  Now my weekly planning is a snap!

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Weekly Schedule Pages

Now every week I just consult my Yearly Overview for each subject and plug it into the scheduled week. I can make changes from week to week on anything we need to make-up or redo and adjust accordingly. I usually plan a month at a time on these pages; adding and subtracting where needed.

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Daily Post-it Note planning

Every Week I review my plans and write up daily “to-do” post-its for each of the younger two and a weekly to-do post-it for the older two. The post-it is a different color for each child. I write the day of the week and then list exactly what is needing done for that day. My littlest love to cross off what they have done and then throw the post-it away at the end of the day. My older girls use these post-its to plug their schedule into their own planners along with their duel enrollment classes schedule.

 

This is only one of the tools I use in planning. Stay tuned for the rest of the great resources that I use to keep our crazy life up and running 🙂


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Lyssette July 16, 2014 at 1:42 am

Thanks for sharing!

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Anita July 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

This is great Heidi! I used to do yearly then switched to weekly because sometimes the kids would fall behind and it would throw the whole schedule out of whack. I truly do prefer yearly though, so how do you deal with those unexpected set backs?

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heidijo July 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I have make-up days worked into our schedule so if something is missed we just move it to the make up day. I adjust the schedule in the weekly only and leave the yearly planning sheet as is.

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Andrea July 19, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Love your ideas – thanks for sharing!

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Florabel March 17, 2015 at 1:46 am

Hi Heidi, thank you for the information of this planner I love the simple plan very much. this is what I’m looking for my homeschooling kids. I’m from the Philippines where can i buy this?

God BLess you Always!
Thank you,

Bella

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heidijo March 18, 2015 at 5:34 pm

This is an amazing planner I love it! I’m not sure if you can get it delivered to the Philippines I would check online at http://www.mardel.com

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