Homeschool schedule organization is a popular topic for anyone, not just homeschoolers. I am sharing how I will be blending my old routine with a few new ideas! I have been using spiral notebooks as a day planner for years. I have so many things swirling around in my head that writing it on a random piece of paper gets me in trouble.
When I started using a spiral notebook for my daily schedule and scratchpad I became a bit more organized. Except when I can’t find the notebook.
I do have a desk calendar that has a month at a glance for appointments and such. However, I seem to need a long list of chores, website stuff and other things that change from day-to-day. I write out my daily list the night before or early in the morning and can carry over anything that didn’t get crossed through the day before.
– I write out what I need to accomplish that day.
– I keep notes on any phone calls or emails on the bottom half of the paper.
– I keep a reminder of any info I need to gather for a meeting.
– I write down any ideas or concepts that crossed my mind that day.
– I cross off the task when completed.
Each of the boys has a spiral notebook for their daily work. Each night I write out their work for the next day. They cross or check it off and then I know if they have any carry over when I write out the next day.
The boys also have a spiral for each of their subjects to do their work in. My boys can really make a mess of a pile of papers so containment is my strategy. If it can be done in the notebook, it is.
What I am adding this year:
I read a post on Post It notes scheduling and I loved the idea. I shared it in our newsletter and it was the most opened post in that newsletter! So I thought there must be something to it.
The boys’ daily planner will still be a spiral notebook. I will add a printed paper of their work for the day out of their curriculum stapled to the left side, I will write in nightly their other work that needs to be done on the right, then the next page will be Post It notes of extras I would like to be done or repetitive items that I can keep moving the notes when complete. Some extras may get moved to a different day depending on what is happening.
I won’t stress about moving the Post Its to another day.
I am using an actual curriculum this year instead of this and that. Oak Meadow is what both boys are using and I will type out their weekly lessons a month at a time to help them adjust to how their weekly lessons are laid out in their books.
It may sound like a lot of work to you, but I have discovered that my fly by the seat of your pants personality needs structure and so do my kids. Our life has an overall structure, but our day to day can change quickly. I am a pen and paper gal. I don’t know how to do spreadsheets and I think that writing it down allows me to not overdo what I ask of them.
This year we started our convention travel in March and will finish in July. It takes us several days to recover from each trip. We have had weddings and funerals and ups and downs called life this year.
It is difficult to keep a hard and fast schedule.
It is all education though.
Reading, writing, and arithmetic has to fit in there somewhere! If I can have that written down for them, they have what they need to get done, even if it isn’t on that specific day.
In the past, I have been overzealous in my daily schedule for them, which can never really be accomplished. This year, I am breaking free from that and focusing on what it is I want my boys to know before they leave my home.
What is it that you want to impart to your children?
It may be history, great composers, art, geography, world culture just to name a few. It could be family traditions, cooking, hunting and a long list of life skills. It will vary greatly with each family which is what makes home education so wonderful.
I am hopeful that my homeschool schedule organization with post-it notes will be a help to keep us from
veering waaaay off track. However, nothing, not even a nicely written schedule will keep us from a walk on the trail on a beautiful day or a dip in a local spring when the mood strikes!
How do you do your schedule? I would love to know!