Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Home school Planning

I had planned a planning getaway at a not too distant B&B. Alas it was not to be, we had to buy a new washer. I have been slowly moving forward though after about a month block. I am using TOS Planner also and LOVE it! I used the annual year plan form to lay out each weeks lessons, 1 form per subject for each kiddo (I only have 2 to plan for, so far!) I plan on binding these in sheet protectors with binder rings so anybody can see what they should be working on. I have them in a binder right now so I may just leave them that way.
I have used the monthly calendar to divide the planner into sections. Each section has a sheet for books read and a journal sheet. We use workboxes and I have created a spreadsheet for each week so I can put in our assignments for every day of the week. I have 3 sheets for each week, 1 for each child’s individual workboxes and one for the things we work on together.
I have the first few pages as a sort of reference using the curriculum key chart, annual calendar, and attendance chart. I have a section for field trip planning and a few website and vendors logs.  I have an additional section with all my TOS Crew stuff.

I fear this post is a bit of a scatter so maybe I’ll stop chattering and let you see some pictures instead!
Planner cover

Course Of Study  and Curriculum Key
 100_2904 100_2905
Year calendars
Attendance Chart
Annual Plans
Books Read (using one of these each month)
Workbox schedules
Field Trip
So how are your plans coming along?


SisterTipster said...

Looks GREAT! I'm planning too! ;-))

My Own Sense and Sensibility said...

Pray for my time to open up and make way for Planning. I have done nothing and I am feeling the pressure. Your's looks great!

Heidi said...

LOVE this post! The cover your designed for your planner is adorable! I love to see how people take our planner pages and combine them into their very own planner product. :)

Kelly said...

Not nearly as well as I'd like.

Monica said...

Nice work.. thanks for sharing. I'm planning day and night too. I love it though. I love workboxes as well. Ck mine out at


See Jamie blog said...

Your plans look great. The cover of that planner is adorable! I'm still working on mine...

Jesmicwilmom said...

You go girl! Now I feel guilty. I have been trying to finish up my last college class for my teacher recertification, so have put off the planning. I printed out a pic of your workbox page. Nice!

Mrs. Mandy said...

Thanks everybody! I really loved the cover too it's from Elenor Hempel's Little Schoolhouse by Wonder Books which is based on a TV show from the 50's I believe.

Gina said...

This is my first official year of homeschooling. I have a 5 yr old, a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old. Do you still recommend the planner even for one Kindergartener and random preschool stuff???

Brad said...

Actually I do. Being that your kiddos are still young you could possibly get it and then use it for the rest of their school years it is really that flexible. It's over 600 pages in pdf and the homeschool forms are just one section. The entire first half is a monthly theme with articles, resources and recipes. You could use those to build around for your children and the forms can help you organize all those great ideas. Even if you use a packaged curriculum I still love the extra resources in it. There is a section specific to preschool but also homemaking, chores, cooking, etc. I know I sound like an advertisement but it really is so great to have. There is just so much in it.
You can preview it here (includes 59 pages and the TOC):

Mrs. Mandy said...

Sorry "Brad" is my son. I did not realize he was logged on instead of me. Gonna have a talk with that boy, LOL!
Gina-I hope that was some help. It looks as though until Aug. 15 there is 12 freebies included. If they are the monthly modules from last year then that is spectacular (unit studies for each month).
I reviewed one here:

Mrs. Hewett said...


Thanks so much for sharing how you plan for your children's lessons. The photos of your planning pages are very helpful. I have one question though: the course of study page you shared has a glare over the "Fine Arts" section. Can you tell me what you list in that title besides "appreciation"? It will be very helpful to know. The layout of that page is especially helpful to me. Thank you!

Tara said...

Wow, reading your blog today on a email from The Old Schoolhouse was inspiring. I have been planning our school year for nearly a month now. This is my 1st year homeschooling my twin girls that are 10 years old and my eight year old son. My husband is also in the military and we have ADHD and ODD (oppositional defiance disorder) in our family as well. We have actually started some subjects but I have offically decided to take the next week and a half off for me to reevaluate my approach. I am not discouraged just overwhelmed.

D and A said...

I just read this article on the OSH email they send out and thought I would hop over and see your blog.

Amy @ Missional Mama

Melinda Weiser said...

What a great plan you have to start your school year. Thank you for sharing.

I am close to being finished with my plans and purchases. We started our new school year two days ago. The children are really excited. We launched our first day with a fun and very well done Unit Study of Airplanes from Hands Of A Child and some science activities and craft activities. We built marble runs and gooy green slime too.

We have five kids and are schooling grades 4, 2, k, and pre-k, and a toddler. We are using several great resources this year that are new to us. I will write more about them on our blog soon and share photos. Check out what we are up to at Weiser Academy.

Planning is very important, and really helps me to see the overall picture of our school progress. But I am always flexible to listen to what plans the Lord wants for my day and my plans are always subject to change. I am looking forward to a great school year this year filled with lots of learning adventures and fun with my kids.

Be blessed.
Melinda Weiser

Katrina said...

LOVE the Annual plans page. I have the TOS planner as well and will definitely be creating this page :) Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

I saw your post on an e-mail from OSH. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I love the cover of your planner!! I have toyed with the idea of getting the School House Planner, I think I may do it. I also want to explore workboxes. The idea seems like it would make your day go so smoothly, instead of having them constantly ask what is next.

My Own Sense and Sensibility said...

You rock crew-mate. I love how you have taken these pages and made them your own. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessings, Mindy B.

Mrs. Mandy said...

First thank you for all your sweet words and for nobody pointing out my spelling mistake on my cover (I am so embarrassed, I did not see it before now)!
Mrs. Hewett-Sure, Fine Arts- Appreciation, Visual, Musical, Performing
Title Publisher Level
Global Art Gryphon House 3-6
Wee Sing Price, Stern, Sloan pk-6
Feed My Sheep How Great Thou Art 4-9
Private Percussion Lessons
Tara-Last year was my first year too and it does get easier once you get an idea of how you want things to go. Try to just take it a week at a time. I did that last year during our rough patch when we found out my 14y/o had diabetes and the subsequent hospitalization. It made a huge difference in how I coped. I think taking the time off is good because sometimes it just is too hard to see it all when you are in the middle of it kwim! What is your method/curriculum? I'd be happy to help if you need it!

Melinda Weiser-Sounds like you are having a grand time! I know all to well about being flexible, lol! Military, babies and disabilities have me constantly hopping around here :) I love HOAC! I loved your blog, I will have to copy down your recipes for cashew cookies, yummy!

Angela-Yes they work well. I was doing a binder before which I will add back in for this year but the actual lessons will be in the box and then after being graded go into the binder, we use MFW.


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