Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Homeschool Planning for the 2014-2015 School Year

I told you in a previous post that I was going to share how I am going to plan for this next school year. Today is the perfect day to share as I have been busy working on their portfolios, completion summaries, affidavits and objectives (for next year). I am most definitely on a *roll* today!

I have used many different planners....from inexpensive calendar planners (dated) to homeschool tracker (online...which I then had to print out all 180 days worth of work I had documented), to  URthemom planners. I have liked using the URthemom planners this year (I bought one for each child)....but I don't like the cost (plus shipping). The cost of them went up this year too! For three children (and shipping) I would have been paying at least $100 for their planners. I dislike that idea.

What I liked about the URthemom planners was that they were marked by the day (day one, day two) and not the date. There is nothing more frustrating to me than planning out a week's worth of school to then have a sickness or something else mess up our schedule. Then I would have to erase and rewrite things out (which drove me bonkers) on the right date. Planners marked with the day (and not the date) made it nice because I could plan ahead a bit and then just write the date we did things on the side!

I searched and searched for an inexpensive planner that would work for our needs. Etsy had some cute printable ones...but by the time you print out enough pages for three children, the cost goes through the roof again! 

Finally, I came across The Complete Homeschool Planner and Journal: A 180-Day Record Book for Homeschoolers and Involved Parents on amazon. I looked at the reviews and then went to his SITE to look at it some more. For a little over $5 a piece, it seemed like something that would work really well for us! I admit, the cover is not too thrilling...but truly that was the least important thing to me anyway. 

Here are some views inside the planner:

Information page and attendance record....

A general syllabus and a log of textbooks used...

And then the rest of the book looks like this...

It is marked by the day and you can write in what you want where it applies to you. It is straight forward and simple. I am really hoping this works well for us. The price is fantastic and seems to be just what we need.

If you would like to check out some reviews for this planner or purchase one yourself, I would love if you would use the link I posted above the photos! It is an affiliate link and benefits me a smidge if you use it to buy! :)

If you have a planner you are using or planning to use for your homeschool year, I would love to hear about it! Please share it with me!
Have a great rest of the week!


*This is not an official review. These are just planners I bought and wanted to share with my readers in case they find them beneficial to their schooling as well! I only receive compensation if you use the amazon link provided and order the planners through there! 


  1. My husband made us an excel file that we print off for each of the children each year. It has 5 weeks of 5 days on each paper so we print of 8 pages. Along the side it has all their subjects and then a box to check off if we did that subject for the day. Easy peasy.


  2. Hello, Katy my sweet DIL and I were just talking about a new system she will be using next year! I still have all my paperwork from all the subjects we did! I think it will be fun someday to go through them again! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Blessings, Roxy

  3. Hi Katy,
    Thank you so much for recommending this planner - I have been trying to figure this out for the last 2 years as to what works best. I got stuck in the printing out situation with having to actually change dates, type in subjects, etc. In other words, not very efficient. I will be ordering two of these through your link! Also, I wanted to comment on your homemaking post a few days ago and highly encourage you to write what is on your heart. I have been reading your blog for at least 5 years - when my boys were tiny and have been so inspired by you and your consistent, loving teaching and example of how a godly woman thinks and what her priorities are. There are such terrible messages out there about what women should do with their lives; that raising children and helping their husbands are not "extraordinary" enough, etc. You may be a young woman, but our Lord has given you a gift of exhortation (: Thank you for sharing it with all of us!
    God Bless you Katy,

    1. I hope they work for you Stephanie! :)
      Thank you for reading my blog and your encouragement. I really appreciate it! That post is still in the works...but taking some time because it takes a lot of thought to really write what I want to, in the correct God-honoring way. :) Hopefully I will be able to publish it...someday! :)

  4. Hi Katy,
    Thank you so much for recommending this planner and the pictures. This looks like something that would really work for me too and I will be ordering two on your link (: I also wanted to comment on your Homemaking post from a few days ago and just encourage you to write what is on your heart. You have been such a blessing to me over at least the last 5 years when my two little boys came along. You have such a gift of teaching and have been such a consistent example of how a godly woman thinks and what her priorities are. There is such terrible misinformation out there regarding how women should live their lives i.e. that raising children and helping their husbands is not enough, etc. Your words and example are a light in that darkness of deception. I just know those reading would be built up by your thoughts. Thank you for sharing all these years (:


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Warmly, Katy