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could not seem to manage it! However, I
have received several requests recently for a peek inside the planner, and more
information about how I use it for homeschool planning, and I decided now, at
the beginning of our new school year, was the best time.
Condren Teacher Planner last year during one of their sales, so it is
not the newest version of the teacher planner.
But, I don’t think that much has changed besides some of the design
elements. The actual bulk of the book is
everything into the planner, so you will see some pages are done, and some are
not done – like my yearly scope! I am
still hard at work trying to figure out which month everything will fit
into something else, I honestly don’t have the time for it, so I am going to
start with the Happy Birthday
actual Yearly Plan tab, but I like
the layout of the Happy Birthday section better for my scope. I am a list maker, and there is a little bit
more space in my mind for a list – which is exactly what my scope is, just a
list of what I plan to do each month. I
have only gotten through a couple months at this time, because I’m not sure how
school is going to go with both Emma and Jack doing school five days a week and
a very rambunctious Lucy added to the mix.
section. There are three two-page
spreads. Currently I am using them as
book lists. I did this last year as
well. I like that I have the space to
write out the books that each kid is reading – so Emma and Jack both have one
of the two-page spreads specifically for what they read. Then one of the two-page spreads holds the
books that we read to the kids as well as audio books they listen to. This does not have to be just “school” read
alouds, my husband reads to the kids every night, and it is usually some random
book that they pick together. Recently
it has been Aliens Ate my Homework…
paper. Nothing spectacular going on
Plan section, which was obviously put in for the yearly scope, but I use
this as more of a monthly theme section.
Last year I decided I wanted to do themes each month and have the kids
work on projects around those themes, that didn’t work as well as I hoped. So while I am still planning on keeping
themes, I don’t expect that they will be doing a specific project based on
these themes. It is more for the extras
that I like to add in monthly, and gives me an idea of how much I can actually
plan for us to do in the month. If there
is a big field trip to the state museum for one of their special presentations,
I might spend a little more time on that bit of science for the month rather
than our particular science curriculum.
excited about this year as I was last year.
With my first Erin Condren Teacher
Planer, the monthly calendar pages had 6 rows, started with a Monday
instead of a Sunday, and the weekend was combined into two smaller boxes at the
end of the week. I much preferred this
monthly calendar – especially for a teacher calendar – but obviously I can make
a regular monthly calendar work as well.
dots stickers which have the numbers on them – I think I was supposed to
receive them, but because I wasn’t planning on using the planner immediately, I
didn’t actually look through the planner and notice that they were not
there. I probably will need to order
some from a shop on Etsy so that I don’t have to write in the numbers.
– as a calendar! I write down anything
that has to do with school in these monthly calendar pages. I like to have the information all in one
spot – anything school related, piano practice, field trips, sports practices,
sports games, and I also put a little check mark for each day we do
school. This is so I can easily count up
how many days we have done at the end of the year – we need to school at least
175 days throughout the year, but there is no requirement on which days need to
be school days, so if we have a big field trip on a Saturday, that can count as
well, and I use this for any notes I am making about the month, supplies I need
to purchase for science experiments, if we need new curriculum or books etc.
planner – the Lesson Plan
section. It gives me plenty of space to
write down what I need to do with both Emma and Jack throughout the day and
week. I like to have the information all
written out right in front of me in this format – I put our main subjects
across the top as well as a Fine Arts/PE
column and an Extras column. Fine Arts and PE are pretty self-explanatory,
but this is where I write down what we are doing for music/art/PE. It is generally the same every day, but I am
hoping to add in a bit more for music appreciation this year.
is not being used yet – we ease into our school year. But, I plan to use this column for Emma’s
health class we are planning this year, as well as some of the other extras
they would like to work on this year – sewing and cooking/baking. I’m planning on using this column as a catch
all for the little subjects we don’t do every day, or even every week, but
still need a place for a little planning.
both kids together (science text/history/read alouds), then Emma is pink and
Jack is blue. It makes it easy for me to
see which each child needs to work on throughout the day.
it is the Checklist section. You can purchase extra sheets in this section
(I wish that option was available for the lesson plans as well!), and I do
purchase extra sheets.
pages, and then right before we started our school year I realized that I could
use them exactly as they were designed, as a checklist.
name, and across the top I write pretty much everything the kids ever do –
morning routine, school subjects, extra subjects, library trips, sports
practices, evening routine, chores. I am
then able to check off each day that they work on that subject.
realize that this is just a monthly habit tracker. It gives me a good overview of what we are
doing each month, and is an extra layer for my planning, if I see that we haven’t
done health in three weeks, I will know that I need to make it a priority in my
planning. I also like to see all that
the kids do each month, it makes me feel better!
am doing enough, if the kids are learning enough, if I am too lax, always
second guessing. Having these monthly
trackers and those little boxes checked off every month gives me a bit of a
boost in confidence, and honestly I definitely need that many months!
this year. If you are interested in
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your homeschool year? Do you have an
Erin Condren planner?