I will love summer best until my dying day, I'm sure. Lots of my friends feel romantic about cozy fall sweaters and cooler weather, and while I do enjoy the fall colors, I'm not a sweater-wearer and I'd prefer it to be warm all year. But every year the thought of bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils and all that comes along with back-to-school gets me excited for fall.
Last year I was all about survival, and while this year may end up like that too (and that's fine by me), I'm starting out with high hopes for a school schedule that's a bit more organized. I'm currently reading a book that I think will help me out even more (and I'll be sharing it with you shortly).
I did a lot of googling and Pinterest-searching and realized that since we are on a unique schedule and only homeschool MWF that I would need to create my own weekly schedule. Because I am geeky, I thoroughly enjoyed that, and also created a blank one for any of you that might use a three-day homeschool routine.
If you are looking for more homeschool printables including a variety of weekly schedule options (for a regular week), my friend Tsh has created a really cool set that only costs $4 (and if you just need the updated calendars, that just costs $1).
I was planning to print out my schedule pages and have them bound in a spiral notebook at a copy store because I so prefer a notebook I can flip around over a binder, but then my friend Katie told me about the Martha Stewart Discbound line from Staples. It's pretty much EXACTLY what I was looking for! And bonus for being my favorite color.
So here's a little look at my planning notebook.
The printables I used are:
- School calendar from Five J's
- A customizable "school event calendar" that I edited in Excel to use as a year-at-a-glance calendar for a couple subjects that I wanted to plan out for the year
- Tsh's Curriculum List page to keep a handy list of the stuff we're using
- Tsh's Student Goals page to get intentional
- Tsh's Weekly Routine page to sketch out what my days will look like on a general basis
- And lots of copies of my own weekly schedule (I printed them singles sided so I have more room for notes on the back of each one)
(I also printed out a couple of Tsh's extra pages for Gigi's binders (which I can share about later along with my curriculum if you're curious.)
Eventually I will probably buy a punch for the Discbound (either one by Levenger or the from the Arc line at Staples) but since that's not in the budget right now I just pulled the lined pages out of my notebook and printed right onto them, and I actually love how that turned out. My one piece of advice for this is to print them one at a time since the edges are punched and they can get caught on each other if you put several pieces of paper in your printer at once.
Don't forget to check out Tsh's planner!
I also have a Learning board on Pinterest where I'm collecting all the homeschool resources and ideas I find.
If you homeschool or after-school, how do you organize your planning and school work? I'm always looking for more good ideas. :)
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