Welcome to TOS’s 5 days of homeschooling essentials, day two.
My #2 for of homeschool essentials is a planner. For me, it is the Ultimate Homeschool planner by Debra Bell.
As well as online services, there are many ways that you can be productive while being home schooled. Through traditional methods like using a planner, you can write days of the week, student names, or subject titles in any of the weekly grids. Then, there are monthly pages; each month gets a two page layout. These are also blank, so you can begin, end, and skip any months you’d like. For instance, we didn’t really do much in December, so I didn’t fill in the month of December. What I also like about the monthly layouts, is there are enough daily squares for those really weird months where the days fall in such a way you need a fifth row on the calendar.
There is a lot of space for notes, and each week begins with a page for a scripture focus, and goals. There is also allotted pages for each week’s “memorable moments” which I use as a journal for the kids. Even though we don’t need so much planning power just for preschool, this is a wonderful, thorough, Christian based resource.
Everything I journal and prayerfully plan for children’s educations is neatly organized in one place; that, I love.
There are some complaints about having to write in all the blank dates, etc because the moms didn’t like their handwriting…
I agree. I don’t like my sloppy handwriting. But, I also think it is a great piece of memorabilia for my children one day. I cherish the journal I have of my mom’s when she was pregnant with me, and the handwritten envelopes from my grandmothers. Along with being an amazing planner, this can be a piece like that my children can look back on one day.
The Ultimate Homeschool Planner is my second homeschool essential! Check it out on Amazon for an inside look and to read reviews.
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