I think I just got around to appreciating Charlott's comment about decision being the greatest effort in life LOL. I have been planning to use the SCM Organizer, and have everything entered and ready to start school July 5 (using the free trial), but it turns out that the funds just aren't gonna be there, and I'm terribly disappointed HOWEVER, I am known around here as the Queen of "Make it Work", and I think I've come up with a paper solution. Bear with me now.
I looked at a free online planner that someone suggested, but it was too rigid for me, and I've tried other planners to no avail. Well, I've used Sonya's "Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education" this year to get my plan together (Love it- Thank you, Sonya!!) and I DECIDED surely I could integrate my planning sheets into a record-keeping, scheduling, journaling super-creature. So, this is what I did: I divided a 3 ring binder into sections with the labels Term 1, Term 2, and Term 3, Year and Big Picture.
Now, behind the Term 1 tab, I have our Weekly Work Worksheets, our Weekly Schedule, and then our Daily Schedule (I use the time boxes around meals version) then facing that I made a Daily Work Journal. *Pause* Tornado Alley doesn't require anything in the way of record keeping to be turned in. We're basically left to ourselves because the right to homeschool is written into our state constitution. That coupled with the fact that I am not a super scheduled person lead me to use a journal-type check list here instead of a play-by-play type journal page. You can see this page here http://www.box.net/shared/2moaot5msdlb967vr95p. This way, I can look at my Daily Schedule page on the left and see what subjects we're doing that day, then check them off as we go and add notes when I need to. Then the next day, I'll put a new Daily Work Journal in front of the previous day's so my Daily Journal Page will always face my Daily Schedule. I chose not to write out "lesson plans" because I feel that most everything runs in order and I've already planned how many chapters, lessons, etc. need to be accomplished during the term in my Weekly Work Worksheets, which are right handy for reference in the same section.
Behind "Year" I have This School Year's Calendar and the Term Outlines for Family and each student, and Behind Big Picture, I put our Home School Goals and our 12 year Big Picture Chart.
Now then! Hopefully this will work for us, as well as provide a living document of our year. I'm excited to try it out, and just thought it might help someone else. I know it may end up being a lot of printing (well, 180 pages LOL) but I think I'll still come out ahead of buying *another* planner I won't use.