Sally Faulkner, blogging at With Eager Hands, joins us for our Planuary celebration! Below she shares how she records God's plan for homeschooling their four children. The Faulkner's enjoy a Charlotte Mason-based approach. You can read more about their homeschool adventures and the the full blog entry about The Ultimate Homeschool Planner here. Sally shares her how-to's and photos below. Thank you, Sally, for sharing with us!
I struggle with the day-to-day planning of our homeschool–in a mighty way.
When I stumbled on The Ultimate Homeschool Planner, at some blog 5 miles south of somewhere (you know how it is with reading blogs!), I blew it off. Then some things happened that required I rethink the HOW of our homeschool. I have full confidence God planted that seed in my mind.
In the midst of who knows what, that random blog came back to my mind, and I had to find it. I searched, and when I found it, I read through the entire sample of The Ultimate Homeschool Planner..
And friends, I wept. This is no lie.
Here is what I knew I needed in a planner:
- Plenty of room for each of my children and myself (at this time, I need 4 spaces)
- Weekly spaces as well as month-views
- Space for longer-term planning
- No frills or fillers at all. I will be carrying this with me everywhere!
Inside the Ultimate Homeschool Planner I found:
- Detailed explanations of how to plan with a year-long (or longer) view, down to the day-to-day lessons
- Pictures of what this all looks like! Pictures, friend, pictures! I am so visual, that simply reading it doesn’t work for me.
- All the charts needed to plan your year, down to your day
- Incorporating check-in and review sessions with each child – brilliant!
- Pages for listing materials, resources needed for all your children
- Goal setting pages for each child, for academics and character
(You will notice that my planner is in a 3-ring binder. It comes spiral-bound, but I am the odd one in the bunch and need a binder!)
At the core of this entire Planner is . . . God. Not curriculum. Not plans. Not projects or grades.
My favorite part of the whole planner – what literally brought me to tears – is what this Planner has each and every week!
Before you look to the 6 x 6 grid for the week’s learning, you see a two-page spread entitled The Lord's Day, which includes ample space for:
- Your Bible Plan for the week
- What you feel you are struggling with
- A space to record a Bible verse (or more) to help you overcome
- And here’s the best, a place to record Hospitality & Outreach!
Debra Bell makes a point to equip us with His word in different ways, but gives us the space to actually make service a part of our week!
I could just hug Mrs. Bell!
On the right page is a space for recording memorable moments and achievements throughout the week, as well as evidence of God’s provision, mercy, love, grace, and faithfulness! This alone sets The Ultimate Homeschool Planner apart and has made all the difference in our homeschool!
As I begin to train myself to see God’s hand in our days and to live in the moment with my children, my pages are slowly beginning to fill!
God is so good! I am so thankful that I have this Planner, because it has helped me to keep God at the center of our homeschool, which in turn has helped me be a more productive homeschooling mother!
Record God's plan for your homeschool and journal His faithfulness in your homeschool path with The Ultimate Homeschool Planner. Read more about Debra's Ultimate Homeschool Planner and take a sneak peek inside by clicking here.