Why You’ll love A Simple Plan Homeschool Planners!

Just so you know, I used to use a spiral notebook. Then I tried a business planner to create lesson plans and schedules. Then I tried creating them online and printing them off. None of these methods compare to the ease of using a planner. Now, the method I love best is using A Simple Plan Homeschool Planners!

Let me share with you some of the reasons why

These are affordable, helpful and beautiful planners. Designed to help you have a more organized and efficient school year – with room for scheduling up to six children!

These academic planners are easy-to-use to schedule lessons and keep accurate records that reflect your family’s personal homeschool year!

  • Necessary if you live in a state that legally requires evidence of your homeschooling.
  • A great resource for when you create your students transcript.
  • Handy reference for future planning and inspiration.
  • Plus you are creating a keepsake of your family’s homeschool accomplishments!

I love that this high-quality planner was created by a team at Mardel that included homeschool parents! So they took what they were using and doing to help design a planner that is practical.

Undated Planner

And this year we have a  new undated planner in a Farmhouse Style themeplus our dated planner in a fun Plants theme!

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to see a page by page overview of our A Simple Plan planners, head over to our YouTube channel and enjoy!

 

Here are some features

  • These are 12-month Planners beginning with July through June
  • Beautiful, colorful artwork plus black and white graphics to relax and color!
  • Encouraging scriptures and motivating sayings.
  • The wide, heavy-weight glossy cover protects the tabs.
  • Durable tabbed dividers have wide, colorful tabs so you can locate what you are looking for quickly and easily.
    • And each features a unique fabulous design!
  • Two deep built-in pockets on the inside of the cover – to store your kids’ report cards, special event fliers, and other loose papers.
  • Large, solid spiral coil keeps your pages secure and so you can easily fold the planner back on itself.
  • Children’s Current Information
  • Record what their grade/age and interests are this year for when you are preparing future transcripts.
  • And as a general keepsake yearbook for this particular school year!
  • Completed sample pages show you examples of how to use your planner. Pick and choose what works best for your family!
  • Future Planning pages and Lined Notes in each section help you to organize those thoughts as you have them.

The Planning Section

  • Student weekly schedule charts is a place where you can think through what your ideal day/week would look like. Eventually you will find the best flow for your particular family. It takes time, but it will happen!
  • What are each child’s peak learning
    time of the day?
  • Try to schedule the subjects they need more concentration for during that time.
  • Yearly Overview pages per child are broken down by four quarters and 36 weeks – so you see the big picture!
  • You will refer to these pages to fill in your weekly/daily assignments.
  • There are six subject pages per child – so this is per child per subject – so math is on one page, history on another, and so on.
  • Create your own scope & sequence to complete that course by the end of the year!
    • Take the total number of lessons in a curriculum.
    • Divide that by how many school weeks.
    • Divide that by how many days you will teach that subject that week.
    • Write that number of lessons in each weekly block.
  • This is great to refer to each quarter to see how on track your family is and make adjustments as needed!

Each month has its own section and features

  • Overview pages
  • Things to Accomplish – such as projects, deadlines, etc.
  • Special Activities – field trips, competitions, etc.
  • Websites
  • Reading List – books to buy, check out from the library, or borrow
  • Prayer Requests and Answers
  • Supplies Needed – for projects such as arts & crafts, and science.

 

  • Monthly Calendar of things to schedule around.
    • Write in special events, outside classes, planning days, appointments, etc.
    • Have fun and decorate with colored pencils, washi tape, and stickers!

 

  • Weekly/Daily assignments – Monday through Friday. Rows are available for up to six subjects.
  • You can put two courses in a block such as art/music.
  • You could use a section for subjects that you do together as a family.
  • I like to assign a color to each of my kids. It helps me to see at a glance who is doing what!
  • Go back to your Yearly Overview Pages. Take a look at week 1 block for a subject.
    • Now divide that number of lessons/exercises by how many days you want to teach that subject in that week.
    • That is how many lessons/exercises you will fill in per teaching day.
  • Now you just check off the circle next to each lesson as it is completed!

2 Sections at the Back of the Planner

  • Student Records –
  • Simple Attendance Keeper
    • This is important for keeping track of the number of school days completed as mandated by your state.
    • Plus it gives you peace of mind of how many school days are completed!
  • Use your Curriculum Tracker as a quick reference for your budget, planning your next school year, and more.

 

Extras –

  • Quick reference Grading Chart
  • Suggested Reading List sorted by grade levels K-12
  • Steps to Salvation & Testimony; Suggested Scriptures to Memorize
  • Extracurricular Activities Contact Information
    • Classes your kids are enrolled in such as co-op, 4H, dance, sports, and music!

You can use these planners two different ways

  • Lay out your lesson plans for the year, month, week, and days.
  • Or take note of student work as it is accomplished and record as you go!

 

Remember – it’s ok to make adjustments in your planner as the year progresses – when you or one of your kids is sick, injured, or a major house repair needs your attention – life happens!

  • You can write in pencil and erase
  • Or use pen and white out
  • And use fun colorful stickers with symbols or words like “Spring Break!”

We also offer a set of three designs of file folders that coordinate with the dated parent planner Plants artwork to store your loose papers like:

  • school work to be graded
  • student work to keep forever
  • report cards

 

If you have middle and high school age kids, then check out our smaller size A Simple Plan Student Planners! To encourage accountability, responsibility, and independence so your teenagers can learn this important life skill.

            Our new A Simple Plan Homeschool Planners come out at the beginning of each year, so be sure to start watching for them to go on pre-buy in January and get yours early. 

Also check out our Mardel.com Blog and #HomeschoolLife on Mardel Facebook and YouTube for homeschool encouragement and information throughout the year!

Have a Happy Homeschool!

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