Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Homeschool Planning - Using an Erin Condren Teacher Planner

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As a homeschooling family, I feel like I am constantly thinking about planning.  We school year round as well.  Add to that, that we are still kind of new (this will be our first year reporting to the state) and I am a jumbled mess of trying to do everything “right.”

For the past several years, we have ordered the Sonlight curriculum.  I absolutely love this curriculum, and its literature based approach to homeschooling.  Having all of those books to read every year has been an amazing part of our homeschool experience so far.

The problem that I have is the Instructor’s Guide.

Now, I love the Instructor’s guide for all of the wonderful information they provide.  However, schooling year round means that I end up re-doing most of the lesson plans, which isn’t exactly what I want to do after spending so much money!

For the past couple of years I have been scouring Pinterest for planning printables, as well as creating my own printables to make my homeschool planning a little easier.

For this next year, I decided I wanted to try using an actual planner for homeschooling.  I have seen so many people online using wonderful homeschool planners.  I started researching the different ones available (there are quite few), and realized that they weren’t going to be a great fit for me.

I felt like they had so much information it was overwhelming to me.

Instead, I wanted a planner that was simple enough for me to use, and something that I would actually continue to use throughout the year.

When I heard that Erin Condren had a teacher planner, and that some people were using it for homeschooling, I had to try it.  I love my life planner, and thought this might be a good compromise between the amount of information in the homeschool planner, and something relatively basic for me to use.

I realize that the teacher planner is for public school teachers, and there are several pages that are not applicable to homeschoolers.  However, I think that I have figured out a good way of utilizing those pages.

What I really like about the planner is how pretty it is.  I love the different quotes that are found throughout the book.  I love the quality of the paper, and how big it is.  I know a lot of people don’t like a big planner, but I like to have plenty of room to write, and write, and write.  And this planner gives me that!

I liked the planner so much I decided to do a little video for it.  I know, video is not something I have ever done on the blog, so please excuse the quality.  But, it is something that I thought would be fun to do, so if you feel like taking a look more closely at the planner, or how I am going to be using it this next year, feel free to watch. 

How do you plan for your new school year?  Do you use a homeschool planner?  Make your own?  Or have you adapted a teacher planner for your homeschool?

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  1. I think I might have to get one of these for the new school year! Your video was super informative, thank you and great job!

  2. wow, thanks for a look at this planner and the coupon. I like looking for ideas too but find it sometimes overwhelming! I have some planning and printable boards on Pinterest that you might like :)

  3. I REALLY like that planner. Although we don't homeschool, that would be very helpful for me with our busy lives!

  4. This is a nice planner!! Love it.

  5. Oooh! I'm not a teacher but I want one of these! Looks so pretty. I've heard wonderful things about Erin's Life Planners but never heard of the teacher planner. Thanks for the heads up.

  6. I hear so many good things about this planner! So glad you like it. I love my google calendar ;)

  7. While, I'm not a homeschooler, I love planners! Just the process of trying to plan and organize calms even.... now I have to learn how to stay calm when the plans don't happen... Oh well, one step at a time.


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  8. That planner looks awesome! I'm slowly making my way to using planners.

  9. What a great planner! I don't homeschool but I could easily use this as well!

  10. So glad you have found something to help you on your homeschooling journey! God bless!

  11. Plan of homeschooling is very important and I think it is a good planner. I appreciate this types of plan. You know I get some good thinking by watching this video clip. Thanks


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