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.
That looks like a cool journal sheet.
I know someone on here said they sortof do the organizer on paper…. she has a list of each resource with all the divisions listed out. As they do a division, they mark it off on the list. The daily schedule says which resource to use which day…..
Thank you for sharing this idea! It looks like it would work great for me too. I have been trying to find a way to make the SCM Plan and a binder mesh.
That looks nice to me. I could not do the online organizer because our Internet is down at times and due to the cost. It would drive me nuts to not be able to access it. I use a spreadsheet-type of weekly planner to check off and make notes on. It is 3 pages for each week. It reminds me of each day’s schedule so I don’t forget anything. Then I slip them in a file folder for the term. I used to use just a $.19 notebook and would do a journal type entry of what work was done for which subject. I do less writing now that I can check the box and fill in book title or just the pages completed if we use the same book for a long time. I also have a 5 subject paper notebook I keep to write down booklists and ideas and it is more of my planner of what books to study and when. I have devoted one section to habit training now. I love Sonya’s planning book. There are many ways of meeting the same objective. Glad you found what works for you.
Thanks for the positive feedback, Ladies. I just added a Field Trip Worksheet to my binder too: http://www.box.net/shared/uafqdcf0d86x012ifbqu I think I’m going to add some pages for Habit Training too. When I finish those, I’ll post them here.
Lillylou, this is great! Thanks for sharing!
I’ve added another page: a book lending/borrowing page (inspired by Sonya’s apparent pet peeve!)
I think I’m going to put this in the back of my planning journal. I know I have some books out now, and this will help me remember where they are when I need them. I’ve had many books disappear because I didn’t keep track of where I sent them off to- books are too important not to keep track of!
Use it if ya need it, and enjoy!
Hey there, I’ve added some more pages. The first one is a Possible Resources page that I created for keeping track of resources that I either come upon on my own, or that are recommended to me. I also plan on taking these sheets with me to convention next year for comparison shopping, and notes on recommendations. You can see it here http://www.box.net/shared/suiysffi6apkynposgmr
The next one is a Library Shopping List. Fortunately, I have developed a relationship with one or our librarians who is awesome. He is able to help me find just about anything I need, and introduced me to world-wide library loans (for which our library charges NOTHING!) Since our town is tiny, we have a library card for the metro system in the closest city, but we only go there once a week, and it’s also our grocery day along with other things, so I try to have an idea of what I’m looking for specifically before we get there. I thought this would help keep my thoughts organized. It’s also a tool to help me stay organized with regard to things like composer study, picture study, hymn study, and any other short term resources that I plan on utilizing the library for. You can see this page here http://www.box.net/shared/j3a1coit8o22d6tt2392
I’m having so much fun coming up with all of these! And it is going to drastically cut down on all of my random little notes all over the place LOL
When I feel satisfied that I have my planner complete, I’ll figure out a way to post pictures, as I think it might help others who want to merge Sonya’s “Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education” with a physical planner/journal.
Hope everyone’s having a great week,
I can’t wait to see the Habit Training one!
Alright, well, I’m new to habit training, but I think these will help me. Take a look, and see if I’ve left out any important components. I used “Layind Down the Rails” as my guide.
Of course I meant “LayinG Down the Rails” not “LayinD Down the Rails” Pregnant Brain, I guess LOL So that’s another thing; let me know if you see typos on any of these pages. Thanks!
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