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Using the Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner

It’s time to start getting ready for a new homeschool year – which means it’s time to unwrap your brand new, crisp, clean planner!

Well Planned Day is a comprehensive planner specially created for the homeschooling family to encompass the many needs of everyday life. I designed each section to aid you in recording lesson plans, scheduling activities, creating menu plans, organizing grocery shopping lists, and so much more.

A Walk Through Your Well Planned Day Planner

If you are new to Well Planned Day, or if you are still trying to decide if this is the homeschool planner for you, take a look inside this year’s edition while I walk you through each section.

Introduction

As you open the first pages of Well Planned Day, you will find some practical help. These pages contain samples for using the weekly spread to plan or record for one to four children. Next you will find tips for developing a habit of planning.

Family Keepsake

The next section allows you to paste a family picture, write in your children’s ages, and journal a bit about the personal side of your family. I’ve kept my homeschool planner for years, making the family homeschool planner a keepsake.

Staying in Touch

It’s easy to keep up with important dates and events in this section. I use this area by circling the type of event to remind myself to purchase a card or gift or attend the get-together. It’s a great bird’s eye view of the year’s most important days.

Household Duties

I like having a plan to keep the house clean. I use this page to breakdown the many household chores into doable, 15-minute increments. Assigning each chore to a specific day of the week. I might do windows and bathrooms on Monday and hardwood floors and carpets on Tuesday. With this plan in place, I start planning monthly projects like cleaning out closets, gutters, gardens, and more.

Chore Charts

These perforated, tear-out sheets are perfect to use with the younger children in the family. To help my children participate in organization, I laminated the cards and use dry erase markers to keep these in use throughout the entire year. On one side, my little tykes kept track of chores. On the other side, they could check off their school progress. Although younger non-readers will need help, when kids are in preschool through about 3rd or 4th grade, these are a great way to introduce the concept of a to-do list.

Teacher Schedule

This is one of my favorite pages in my planner. It helps me prevent over-scheduling and preserve free time for rest, play, and unexpected pulls on our daily routine. I start with a pencil or Frixion pen and write in meal times each day. Then I add each subject of school to teach. Finally, I add in extra-curricular, family, church, and community activities. With the schedule in place, I can decide to scale down or add extras. (Feel free to copy this page as often as needed throughout the year, as schedules shift.)

Class Plan

This is a fun page to both record your child’s growth and decide on the curriculum and literature you’d like to cover for the year. Utilize this page to plan, order, and track throughout the semesters. Your Well Planned Day planner comes with enough Class Plan worksheets for up to four students.

Student Schedule

Similar to the teacher schedule, you can assign a weekly schedule to each student. If the student’s schedule stays the same all year, document the times and tasks and then make a copy. Post the schedule in an area where your child can reference it easily. (Feel free to copy this page as often as needed throughout the year, as schedules shift.) Your Well Planned Day planner comes with enough Student Schedule pages to plan for up to four students.

Goals

Without a goal, success can not be reached. While, as a homeschool family, you will obviously have academic goals, this space can also be used to record character development, personal habit, or family-wide goals as well. By journaling your goals here, you can refer to them quickly and easily throughout the year as a reminder to keep you on the right track for meeting those goals.

Monthly Spread

With ample room in this two-page spread, you can make appointments, set reminders, and make notes about the coming month. I’ve also included a read through the Bible in a year plan to help track your progress.

Encouraging Article

Each month, there is an encouraging article about the life of a homeschool mom, taken from the popular Family Magazine. Be sure to take a break, get a cup of coffee or tea, and take time to refresh yourself.

Shopping Lists

Neatly tucked within each month’s article are the tear-out shopping lists. Utilize these when creating a dinner menu plan, checking your supply of household items to build a grocery list, or getting ready to run errands.

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This & That

Keep track of the books you read out-loud, books your children complete, your the library stock-pile, or your children’s wishlist in the Books to Enjoy section. Make field trip plans in the next block, keep track of monthly money management at the bottom, and head over to the next page for general note-taking.

Weekly Spread

With five kids, I needed a planner that would help me manage everyone at a glance. That need is behind the design of the two-page weekly spread. Combine space for core subjects, electives, and extracurricular involvement with color-coding and abbreviations, and you can easily see at a glance what each child needs for the day or week. There is also space for jotting down priorities, keeping track of the week’s menu planning, and taking notes for the weekend. Finally, find a teaching tip and an encouraging Scripture verse on every week’s spread.

Holiday Planning

As the busy holiday season rolls around, continue to keep everything in one place with the Holiday Organization section. Nestled between November and December, this section can help you keep track of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s events and celebrations as well as Christmas card lists, gift giving, and shopping needs.

Future Plans

With the Future Plans section, you can prepare for the new school year even before you are ready to crack into your next planner. With a 12-month calendar and plenty of note-taking space, you can both journal your thoughts about the year and make notes for the coming year.

Report Cards

Who said report cards can’t be beautiful? At the back of your Well Planned Day, you’ll find four tear-out report cards ready to fill out and hand out. Find space for recording grades, attendance, literature completed, and enrichment activities enjoyed throughout both semesters. On the back, write your comments about each semester to encourage your child to see progress made throughout the year.

Tabs

Of course, none of the information would be easy to find were it not for the handy, inset tabs for each month. No need to worry about tearing off tab extension or ripping pages thanks to these convenient indentions in each month.

With five kids in their teen and early adult years, Rebecca shares the many ups and downs of parenting, homeschooling, and keeping it all together. As the Well Planned Gal she mentors women towards the goal of discovering the uniqueness Christ has created in them and their family and how to best organize and plan for the journey they will travel.

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