Homeschooling year-round has become a way of life for us in our family. We’ve been homeschooling for 10 years now and it only seems natural to consider all of our learning as part of homeschooling, even when we aren’t doing formal studies every single day. I believe that learning is a lifestyle that you can encourage in your children so that discovering new ideas and new ways to learn becomes a joy, rather than a chore. That’s the ideal at the heart of our homeschooling.
Of course we all know that life isn’t always ideal.
While my kids are learning year-round, it can be hard to record and quantify that learning when it comes to what I need to report to meet our state requirements. If I have to rely on my memory alone to make my quarterly reports and make sure we’re covering everything the state requires for three individual children who are always learning and always active, I’m in trouble. My memory just isn’t that good! I need a way to track what we’re doing and record it in an organized way. That’s especially important now that my oldest daughter is high school age.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Essential Year Round Homeschooling Planner for the purpose of review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.
The Essential Year Round Homeschooling Planner
In order to have the freedom and flexibility of year-round homeschooling yet still stay organized and legal, I’m using the Essential Year Round Homeschooling Planner to do my tracking this year. It’s a downloadable pdf planner that I can customize and use in a way that suits our homeschooling needs.
The Essential Year Round Homeschooling Planner features include:
- 80+ Pages
- Pre-planning section
- Homeschool curriculum shopping section
- Year round homeschooling schedule options included
- Monthly, weekly, and quarterly planning pages
- Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly review pages
- Attendance and grading logs
- Grading charts
- Field trip ideas
- Notes and brainstorming pages
One of my favorite features is the fact that it’s undated, so you can customize it to your schedule and use it anytime! Most of the planners I’ve used in the past go by either the calendar year, meaning they begin in January, or the academic year, meaning they run from July to July typically. While this can work, it doesn’t always suit our needs with a year-round schedule. With the Essential Year Round Homeschooling Planner, I can print out what I need, when I need it, and date it any way I want.
This planner is not only practical, it’s pretty. It has a watercolor butterfly theme, making it visually appealing. I don’t know about you, but if I have a pretty planner I’m more likely to use it on a regular basis. If you’ve got to keep track of paperwork, might as well make it look nice. Sort of like the spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.
I’ll confess here that sometimes I don’t plan ahead. We do so many delight-directed activities that I don’t always know ahead of time what rabbit trail we might follow or spontaneous field trip we might take. That’s when I use the planner as a record book and just write down what we’ve done after we’ve done it. This is a huge help when it comes time to do our quarterly reports and year-end review. It also helps with creating a high school transcript.
Do you prefer to plan ahead and follow the structure of those plans? You’ll want to read How to Plan a Year Round Homeschooling Schedule in One Day. I write more about how I plan, how I leave room for flexibility, and how the Essential Year Round Homeschooling Planner helps with this.
You can save money by purchasing the Essential Year Round Homeschooling Planner before the price goes up on July 21, 2017.
What are your planning tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments!