Are you struggling to keep your homeschooling schedule organised? Do you have two or more students to plan for at the same time? Then My Color Coded Homeschool Planner by Are We Crazy, Or What? could be just what you’ve been waiting for.
My Color Coded Homeschool Planner is, as it says, color coded. Each student will have their own colour. For us the colours are red, blue, and green. I tend to be a visual learner, so I find this so helpful. My boss at the University used to shake his head at my drawer full of different colored pens – each serving a different purpose to me! And nothing has changed!
The world is full of color and beauty, so why do plans and schedules need to be boring black? Of course, you can definitely use a standard blue or black pen to fill in the planner as the color coded rectangles make it organised for you, but I still enjoy adding extra color to ours!
My Color Coded Homeschool Planner is available in formats that can be used with either 2, 3, or 4 students at a time. For our review we’ve received a 3-student planner in exchange for our honest opinions about it. Although I have only two children, I chose the 3-student version so that I could easily schedule in activities if I am childminding/babysitting, and when I’m not doing that, I have the ability to schedule in things for myself to do. At times I’ve scheduled in things that *must* be done, but my favourite thing to schedule in are things that I enjoy doing but don’t often find the time to do…learning to crochet, reading a book for pleasure, writing a letter to a friend.
There are several portions to this homeschool planner and you can pick and choose which ones you’d like to use, really making it your own.
There is a 1 page yearly calendar so that you can see the dates at a glance. I used this one to highlight the days my husband is off work each week as his schedule varies.
You will find a Homeschool Schedule where you can schedule your time from 7am until 9pm in 1-hour time periods.
You will find both weekly and daily chore charts where each item can be ticked off as they are completed.
There are pages for recording student academic and extracurricular goals, as well as compiling each student’s daily grades all in one convenient spot.
There are also pages you can print for extra notes on anything at all.
There is a section where you can record your homeschool field trips, along with the objectives of it. I like this idea so that you can look back on your year and see some of the highlights in one place. We’ve recorded meeting an astronaut, visiting an archaeological dig at a castle, and even trips to the podiatrist and dentist as the children were observing and learning about possible future careers while they were there.
The bulk of My Color Coded Homeschool Planner are the 2-page-per-week weekly planners. Down the left had side of the spread are places to list up to 6 subjects, and across the top of the spread are the days Monday to Friday. So each student will have a colored square for each day of the week for each subject. There’s a smaller, separate space in the right hand column for extra notes, and for Saturday and Sunday activities.
This main area of the planner can be used in two ways. You can plan your week ahead of time and write down exactly what you would like each student to do in each subject. This will also let your students know what to expect in the week ahead.
The second way this planner can be used is to write in what your students have accomplished, after the work has been completed. This is the way we’ve been using My Color Coded Homeschool Planner. As my children are still young (4 & 6), I’m not too worried if I have a week planned ahead of time, but due to circumstances, energy levels, illness, or unplanned appointments we don’t complete everything I had planned. Then other times everything goes so smoothly and the children are so enthusiastic that we do more than we’d planned, so it all works out in the end for us. But I don’t want to feel like a failure because a day, or even a week hasn’t gone the way I’d foreseen it. But it is nice to look back at the end of the week and see what has been accomplished.
It took me a little while to become consistent with using this planner, but that was only because I wasn’t used to using one. As the children are growing in age and able to spend more consistent time at the table or elsewhere learning it’s becoming easier to plan ahead. When we know what we are meant to be doing it’s a lot easier to stay on track and we accomplish more in a shorter period of time! My next step is to plan with the weather forecast in mind so we know which days we should be spending outdoors for nature walks and fun at the new playground while the ‘school kids’ are at their desks.
This planner is one we’re going to continue to use as the kids grow. We don’t use all of the sections so there is plenty of room to grow with it. My Color Coded Homeschool Planner is $14.99 for each of the options: 2, 3, or 4 student planning views. The dates aren’t filled in so that you may continue using this planner for as many years as you require it. For more information, or to order your own planner, you can click on my affiliate link or on the graphic above.