What Goes in A Homeschool Plan Book
My Typical Planner
by Donna Young, 2006
This page describes what I usually placed in my homeschool planner.
Although I have cover sheets at donnayoung.org, I do not have any planner title files. Since I have added the doc and rtf versions of the cover sheets, you can alter one and make it into a title page.
The homeschool planner title page is a record. The image on the left is just an example of what a title page can look like. I made it in just about one minute. This one has the school name, an image (photo of family, children, or student), the student's name, the term (the year span), the level of instruction (grade), and the instructor's name.
(print on a fresh sheet of paper) There are several calendar styles and you can choose from the starting months of January, June, July, August, or September.
Optional: These undated calendars are a two page spread, print the first page behind the calendar. They are used as a single place to record events such as field trips, music lessons.. etc. There are two styles.
Optional: Print one if you need or want to keep track of days.
This is a list of subjects and books that one child is studying.
Optional: This sometimes is a confusing item, leave it out if you wish. However, it is helpful to force yourself to make goals and to have a written record of your goals. The goal forms can be used for either short term or long term goals.
Optional: I have two grade forms to choose from. I also have Excel grade books, but these can't be put into a planner.
There is a need for several types of book forms. Homeschoolers need: Library Book forms to keep track of checked out and returned books, Reading Logs to keep track of books that have been read, Book List to keep track of books you are planning to read, Home Library List to keep track of the books you own, borrowed or/and loaned book lists for those own borrow or loan books to and from friends. A curriculum book list to have a record of that.. I 'key' my books for ease in planning. Hmm... I'm sure I am forgetting something..
The amount of ruled paper that you print is up to you. The ruled paper can be used for anything. Some homeschool moms print ruled paper behind every weekly planner sheet to make notes of the week. You can stop here and journal the homeschooling year or if you wish to make plans, continue below...
Choose the type of planner that you like best or make your own with a word processor.
This article by Donna Young was originally published 2006.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Tip: If you want your planner to be pretty then use
store-bought or home-printed pretty paper.
Tip: Consider color-coding for each child.