Planning & Schedules
Homeschooling families need to incorporate kids and education into everything we do. A homeschooling life is one that can require that you attend to many things at the same time; academics, classes, sports, meals, cleaning, administration, child care, etc.
Doing that well, often requires some planning. Here are some tools that may help you get started. None of the tools here will work perfectly for your unique family. You will likely need to tweak them to fit your unique family or simply use them as inspiration for creating your own systems.
This is a step-by-step guide for how to get started using Google Classroom to organize assignments. This is a great tool for helping kids know what to work on, keep track of progress, and organize resources. These instructions are designed for homeschoolers by homeschoolers.
This assignment organizer is designed to support kids improve their executive functioning. It's perfect for kids with ADHD and/or high schoolers ready to start organizing their own work. It gives them an overview of the work they need to do and then helps them break it down by day and project. Parents can also use it as an organizer for younger kids' assignments.
This simple worksheet will help you decide what you are going to teach over the next 6 weeks. It is divided into topics, activities, and weeks. Most school years are 36 weeks long. They are divided into 6 learning periods of 6 weeks. Many local charter schools will require work samples every learning period. This worksheet is a great tool for planning the upcoming learning period.
Homeschooling well means being willing to make iterative changes as your skills improve and your family's needs change. This worksheet is designed to offer some structure for reflecting on the past year (or semester) so you can identify what your next best step is in building your best homeschooling life. Pages with blank space are included so you can look at area that matter to you, but are maybe not included already. Page 7 looks at curriculum and you want to print out 1 child.
This is a worksheet designed to help you summarize the learning your kids did in the past the Learning Period. It can be a useful tool for tracking learning and communicating your progress with your charter school.
This tracker is designed to help younger kids keep track of work they've completed and work they have left. Kids will move each subject to the done section making it easy for them and the parents to see how their school work is progressing.
This organizer is a simpler version of the original assignment organizer. It contains a master list and a 3-day assignment scheduler. If you need more days or more assignment sheets, simply print out as many you need of each one.
Feeling overwhelmed? This 2 page handout has descriptions of various types of systems that homeschoolers often create to help their homeschool life run more smoothly. You probably have systems for some of these areas in your home already. The details of each system will be unique to your family which is why we've chosen not to create a system for you. Rather, we wanted to give you starting point from which to develop systems that work best for your family.
This planner set allows you to intentionally and thoughtfully plan out your family's learning. It starts with a look at the whole year and then breaks it down into learning periods, weeks, and finally daily assignments. This set will save you loads of time and worry. You will always know the answer to "What are we working on today?"
This Daily Schedule is a flexible scheduling tool designed for homeschoolers. It is useful for designing your regular schedule — meaning those activities that repeat every week. It works best as a planning and reference tool. It comes with option for families of various sizes. This planner works well in conjunction with the Weekly Planner.
This is a fun worksheet designed to celebrate learning in all its forms. Homeschooled kids often spend their days learning in natural, interest-driven ways. They have time to pursue their passions and this worksheet gives you a way to track of this type of student-led learning. It can be comforting on those days when you're not getting much of the academic work done, to see that they learned in many other ways. This worksheet also works well for unschooling families who want to keep track of and support the pursuits of their kids.