Flexible Homeschool Planner

 Posted by on July 19, 2012  4 Responses »
Jul 192012

When it comes to planning for the school year, I have tried just about everything. There are so many different options, I was bound to find one that works for my family. I have spent hours printing, writing lesson plans, printing, entering lesson plans on the computer, printing, researching products, did I mention printing? While each system, product and printable planner has great features and may be the best choice for another family, they did not work for my family.

After years of looking and trying out new products, last year I decided to pick up a school planner from the local office supply store and it has been a perfect fit for my family! Here is how it works for me…

The planner has a three year reference calendar in the front to help with long-term planning. It is dated from July to June, perfect for our school year which begins in late July and ends in June. Each month has tabs and a monthly calendar at the beginning. This is where I pencil in our events, field trips, sports practice, classes, lessons, etc.

After the monthly calendar is a two page per week calendar. It is dated and lined, but there are no times listed (you can purchase one with times). This is where I pencil in lesson plans, one month at a time. Each day is broken into 13 sections, I have a different child/subject on each one. I use a highlighter to separate each of the boys. If you click on the image to the right, you can view a larger image and see the details.

Notice I said “pencil in”…I am what most like to call a “free spirit”, so I like to be able to change things up a bit as we go. This planner is flexible enough for me and keeps me in line with our planning at the same time! And the best part…I get a planner for the entire year for about 20 bucks, even less if you have a coupon!

~By Heidi, Heidi’s Miscellany

Nov 122010

I first introduced you to Heidi when she shared her Habit of Using Coupons. She’s back, this time sharing her coupon binder. Not only that, she’s started blogging herself at Heidi’s Miscellany! Welcome back, Heidi…

One of the things that keeps many people from couponing is the clipping and sorting and organizing.  I admit that without the right system in place it can become very overwhelming and take up more time than the savings is worth!  I have found a way that works for me and takes minimal time!  So, you might ask…How do you organize your coupons?

Click over to Heidi’s Miscellany for the remainder of her article…

Apr 292010

It’s that time again…time to make the meal plan, grocery list and do the shopping.  I am so glad to have a new tool at my disposal to help with this!

If you missed the original post in the series, you can catch up here, but you don’t need to.

In the original post, I shared my coupon system and mentioned that one day I might upgrade to a binder system.  Well, I finally caved and invested in a binder to keep track of my coupons.

Wally - the binder model

You might already be doing this, if so keep reading and share your insights at the end.  If not, maybe this is something that will help speed up a necessary, but often time-consuming task.  Here’s a quick run-down for you:

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Easy Christmas decoration storage

 Posted by on December 29, 2009  2 Responses »
Dec 292009

Raise your hand if you’ve already taken down your Christmas tree. Neatly packed away all the decorations? Sigh. Not me. Part denial of the new decade coming, part wanting to still enjoy those twinkling lights. Mostly just having fun and getting other stuff done.

As I look at all those sweet ornaments on our tree, it reminds me of a simple habit I discovered years ago. Ornament storage. Sorry, no special tub with dividers. We use our Christmas stockings. Each child finds all of his ornaments and packs the precious pile away in his own stocking.

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