Organizing The New School Year – Time To Plan

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Organizing The New School Year - Time To Plan

Organizing The New School Year

Time To Plan


So far in this series we’ve covered:

  • A Year In Review:  I always begin by reviewing the year we just finished.
  • Choosing Curriculum:  Once you know what you all liked and didn’t like last year, you can then move on to the new stuff.
  • Letters Of Intent:  Each state is different, but I’ll be sharing what I do and a free download you can use.

Now we’re on to – Time To Plan!

This just might be my FAVORITE time of year.  Seriously, sitting there with your clean planner and all of the amazing possibilities the year has in store for you and your kiddos!  But then you have those times that those blank pages are just screaming at you NOW WHAT!  So for those times let’s talk about our basic steps to planning a fabulous learning experience for your kids – tailored just for them!

Decide your basic layout for your year.

  • Are you going to follow the same schedule as your local public schools?
  • What holidays are you going to take off?  In our house birthdays are holidays too.  Those are always planned “off” days for lunch, shopping and occasionally mani-pedis.
  • Will you have a spring break?  When will that be?
  • How many days are you legally required to formally teach your child?  Check out the awesome HSLDA has for each state.

Layout your daily schedule.

  • What subjects do you want your child to study at what time?
  • If you have multiple kids, how will you layout each child’s subjects so they are both learning at the same time?
  • How much time does each child need for each subject?  They probably won’t be the same amount of time for each one.

Plan one month at a time.

  • Do you have any extra’s you need to incorporate that month?  Field Trips, unit study for holidays, etc.
  • What supplies will you need for that month?

Planning one month at a time helps you with your budget for school supplies.  It gives you the freedom to adjust your school year as you go.  Maybe your house gets hit with a nasty flu.  By planning one month at a time you can easily adjust your schedule with out that panic feeling that sometimes hits.  It gives you all a little peace of mind.

I have a download for you that I hope will help you in your planning.  I’ve included the schedules I’ve created for my girls (Kindergarten & 5th Grade) and then two blank pages for you to fill in your own daily schedules.

Organizing The New School Year - Time to Plan with Free Downloads



Planners we love: These planners are a must have in our home.  Well not the teen one yet but Roo is always asking for it!

124809: The Ultimate Homeschool Planner (Blue Cover) The Ultimate Homeschool Planner (Blue Cover)By Debra Bell / Apologia Educational Ministries
437604: The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students The Ultimate Daily Planner for StudentsBy Apologia Educational Ministries
124810: The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens (White Cover) The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens (White Cover)By Debra Bell / Apologia Educational Ministries
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  1. Love these schedules! This is our first year homeschooling, so I’m curious, do you follow the same schedule for a month or do you make changes to it each month? Any suggestions/words of wisdom would be appreciated!

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