Homeschool Planning Series – Part 3: Weekly Plan With Me

Time to make my weekly homeschool plan. But first #allthestickers! Join me as I lay out my weekly homeschool plan and curriculum checklist.

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Homeschool Planning Series

Part 3: Weekly Plan With Me

Welcome to the final post of a three part series: Homeschool Planning for the 2017 calendar year. For more info on how I utilize my horizontal planner see Part 1:Converting a Horizontal Planner,  Set Up with Annual Planning and Trackers and Part 2: Monthly and Weekly Overview.

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A little about our schedule:

Our schedule varies from week to week depending on a few factors – classes or co-op meetings, my daughter’s preschool days, and my husband’s schedule. You’ll probably notice that some of our days are very light on curriculum and some are heavier. Even on curriculum-intense days, we rarely spend more than an hour and a half total for sit-down work, Language Arts related reading, and “teacher directed” activities. Of course, learning is still taking place! Just not sitting at the kitchen table.

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A little about planning for flexibility:

Near the end of the prior month, I layout my goals. We are rarely exactly on track at the end of the month. At times, the oldest loves what we are doing so we spend more time following his interests and digging deeper into the curriculum. Other times (especially with math and phonics), he wants to do everything right NOW, and we end up completing a week or two in a few days.

Of course, that’s when he loves something. There are times when it’s a struggle to get through it – whatever it may be. Then we take a break for however long he needs. Or switch subjects. Or power through. Like I said, flexible.

The way I plan and stay flexible is by keeping monthly goals in mind while only planning one week at a time. I check off our list, cross out what we don’t do, draw arrows, and washi off entire days when needed. I track everything from where we are going to what extra books we are reading. This way, I can always look back and see what was working, what we loved, what he hated, and what didn’t work at all. My running records may look a little messy, but it allows me to plan with the curricula, activities, and books that he loves while being as flexible as homeschooling allows us to be.

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Weekly Plan With Me

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A Closer Look at my Layout

Materials

There are a huge variety of stickers made for teachers and homeschoolers available through craft stores and Etsy shops. Because I am planning on a budget, I choose to use free printables designed for planners. In addition to a sharp scissor set, I have a variety of accessories I use for planning.

Planner Accessories

 

Washi Tape I try to spend less than $1 per roll. Look for sales, check out the Dollar Store, or order a bundle online.

To easily cut my icons into circles (as opposed to little footballs, which is what they look like when I cut by hand) I use a 1/2 inch hole punch.

For measuring and drawing straight lines I like my Westcott metal ruler with cork back. I also use a Westcott Geometry Kit for shorter lines and to rip my washi. I like being able to see through these clear rulers. They also have a nice, sharp edge for clean tears.

Pens


PaperMate Flair for thicker lines.

Printing


Avery Full Sheet Labels to print sticker sheets. Roughly $0.10 per sheet.
Printer with remanufactured ink a money saving alternative to name-brand ink with remarkably similar results. I can’t tell the difference at all.

Functional Stickers and Icons:

My Planner Envy
Full page Banner Flags
Quarter boxes
Half Boxes
Library card icons printed half size
Laptop Icon
Planner Icon

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Pencils printed half size
Assorted School icons
Reading / Phonics Icon

Decorating and Functional Stickers

Using decorative layouts with stickers makes using a homeschool planner more enjoyable for me. I like seeing an organized, visual representation of our curricula and subjects laid out for the week. Using the icon stickers rather than just writing a list keeps me on track when I’m planning and while we are learning. I can see at-a-glance what we’ve completed or rescheduled, and how many times we are hitting a subject (or not).

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The first order of business is laying out my decorative washi to set the color scheme and setting up my week with my functional stickers. I refer back to my monthly spread for classes, field trips, and other notes so I can plan for heavier or lighter curriculum days. I note these days with a pennant flag under the date. Depending on the activity I may schedule no curricula, just our daily subjects, or any variation up to a full day of work depending on the rest of our schedule and other factors.

Next, I add quarter and half boxes for our physical activity and lay down all of my subject area icon stickers. I use the colored boxes on the right side of each day for our daily subjects: Handwriting, Phonics, and Math. We try to complete one page or lesson per day. I decide which days we will have LA, Writing, Science, Art, Music, etc., use icons for those subjects, and note field trips and classes by which subjects they address. Storytime at our library, for example, is recorded with a Language Arts sticker. Museum Science class would be recorded with a Science subject sticker.

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I hope this post has given you some ideas about how to customize your homeschool planner! Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on the blog or my YouTube channel.

Follow our homeschool adventures on Facebook and Instagram. Or if you’re into planners, check out my planner-only Blackline Masters Instagram and YouTube channel for weekly Plan With Me videos and all things planning!

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