I invested in a homeschool planner for the first time last year and it saved my sanity.
Since then, I’ve become a big fan of homeschool planners. This year, I’m switching to The Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner.
There’s a little bit of irony in that.
See, I’m not that relaxed. (Remember that letting go of perfect series?) I was once a type-A English teacher whose filing cabinet at work was color coded by literary genre. And then I quit working and my home was pretty efficient.
Until it wasn’t. Call it motherhood, call it life, call it having 3 kids in 3 years, but at some point, I realized I had become more relaxed. Sort of.
I had become a relaxed mom by force, not so much by choice, and I’ve found that being flexible really does work better than a rigid schedule when you’ve got a couple of kids.
And yet I need a homeschool planner. There are simply too many subjects and too many essentials to not have a planner.
Homeschooling is important. Not only am I educating my child, but I’m teaching them to know and love Christ. It’s no small task. And while I don’t want to act like it all rides on me (it’s all God working in me, every bit of it), I know I need a planner to help us stay on task. When things derail, as they often do, I can easily restructure our schedule and game plan when I’m using my planner.
So let me introduce you to my new friend, my new planner. I received it from The Proverbial Homemaker and I’m an affiliate for it. You don’t have to purchase through my links, but it does help pay for the cost of running this site, so thanks!
It’s lovely, isn’t it? Even the publications girl at the print shop was impressed at how pretty it is.
My favorite features
This is a Christ-centered homeschool planner. The author, Tauna Meyer at The Proverbial Homemaker, cut out a lot of the extras that I didn’t even use in my fancy planner last year in order to focus on the essentials. For both Tauna and I, the essentials are reaching our children’s hearts for Christ, and you can actually see that reflected in every detail of this planner.
Specifically, I love the goal sheets she includes for each child. She includes space for academic goals, character goals, and life skills as well.
I also love the emphasis on praying for our children, with scripture references and guides on how to pray for these children that we get to teach every day.
I’m enjoying her quarterly planning sheets. I haven’t used something like that before, but I know it’s going to help me plan out our chapter books and field trips a little more carefully this year. And I’m hoping to make time this week for her planning eCourse, which I’ve heard great things about already.
How to Make it Work for You
Most of you will want to do what I’ve done for other planners. Simply print the pages you need and put them into a binder. There’s nothing complicated about it.
For me, however, I wanted it all packaged and ready to go in advance, and I wanted it spiral bound. Basically, I wanted it to be just like the typical lesson plan book you’d purchase anywhere. I also know myself, and I knew that if I only printed enough pages for a month, well, I would probably stop planning after the first month of school.
Instead, I brought the file to a print shop and had it printed and bound professionally. It cost extra, but I think it will be worth it for how I think and how I function. It’s just what I needed.
But the strength of this planner is you can make it work for you. You can print extra pages if you’ve got a few or ten children. You can customize it in a variety of ways.
You can purchase the Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner and a homeschool planning eCourse for an introductory price of $19 from August 2-16. After that, it’s $25.
She also has a few other things at low prices right now, like The Proverbial Homemaker Planner and eCourse, which are $13 total right now but they’ll go back up to $20 after August 16. Or you could bundle both the homeschooling and homemaking planners and eCourses for $25 right now–but again, they’ll go back up to regular price ($35) after August 16.
If you buy it, be sure to tell me what you think. I love hearing how you make something work for you and your way of doing things.