Several weeks ago I made a Charlotte Mason Homeschool planner. It is created in such a way that it is compatible with a Gentle Feast curriculum but I have had other CM homeschooling moms download it. The general consensus being that it works well for them too. In fact, I’ve had AO users reach out to me and have made several adjustments so that it is interchangeable.
However, not everyone teaches from a Charlotte Mason philosophy.
Therefore, not everyone needs a planner that is compatible with CM. Others may take more of an eclectic approach or traditional way of teaching. Which would need a generic approach to planning.
Planning and organizing your homeschool schedule really helps to keep you on track and run your homeschool most efficiently.
To help you with planning your homeschool schedule, I created a holistic homeschool planner.
It works well for any homeschool and you can customize it to make it work for you.
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It has three scheduling options:
- Loop scheduling
- Grid scheduling
- Traditional 5 day block schedule
Loop scheduling options for daily, weekly, and monthly chores.
A daily plan
A weekly Agenda
A 12 month 2018-2019 calendar
A field trip itinerary
If you’re interested in a more in-depth breakdown of how to use this planner then check out the replay of my Facebook live here: Scheduling and Planning your homeschool
I had to add a holistic twist into this planner so there are four pages dedicated to mindful eating, exercise, spiritual health, and brain health. Each one has questions that are intended to bring a daily awareness to eating, exercise, spiritual, and brain health habits.
Brain Health and Emotional regulation has question prompts that bring awareness to ones mental health and direct to identify positive coping mechanisms. This is meant to encourage habits that bring forth a balanced and happy brain state. Foods that are listed in this section are ones that are needed for memory and maintenance in brain health.
Ideas for positive coping:
Exercise that you enjoy
Journaling or writing
Relaxed breathing techniques
Singing or playing an instrument
These are all good ways to express yourself and provide a positive outlet in times of stress. It is better to have one positive coping mechanism built in to your routine so it is an automatic response you can rely on in any negative situation.
I know loop scheduling has been around a while and if you’ve been homeschooling long enough it’s likely you’ve heard of it. However, maybe you haven’t? To quickly break it down loop scheduling is basically a list of subjects that you want completed in a day. You check off the subject as you complete them. If you do not complete that subject then you do not check it off. Then you start on that subject the next day until you complete the loop and it starts all over again. In this holistic homeschool planner, I include a daily, weekly, and twice weekly schedule option.
Grid scheduling is awesome and I am using it for our core subjects. You write in each planned lesson for that subject into a box in the grid then as a lesson is completed, you cross it out. It is scheduling each lesson by subject. For instance, All About Reading has 50+ lessons in the entire curriculum. These lessons are not meant to be completed in a day but at the rate your child progresses through a lesson. It doesn’t work to schedule a All About Reading lesson daily because it most likely will not be completed in a day. This is why grid scheduling by subject is handy. Simply write the lesson plan in the grid box and cross it out as it is completed.
The 5 day block schedule is exactly that. All the core subjects plus a spot for foreign language is included in each day. A spot to write in what time you want to start each subject is provided. If you don’t teach every subject each day or don’t teach a foreign lanague (yet) just cross it out. I left a few spot open on Saturday for anything that may have been missed during the week.
If you would like to purchase a planner check it out here: Holistic Homeschool Planner
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What is nice about this planner is that it gives you three different scheduling options. You can use one or the other, you can change it anytime, you can even blend them. You can use it again and again each year.
What are your thoughts about grid, loop, and 5 day traditional planner?