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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials - A Plan

This week I will be sharing with you our 5 days of Homeschooling Essentials. 

In case you missed it, here are Day 1, and Day 2.

Our third Homeschooling Essential is - A Plan.  This will look very different in each homeschool - some planning will seem extremely minimal and some will seem over the top to you.  Pick what works for you!  

This works for me.  "My Brain" is what I call my homeschool binder/planner.  It holds all my homeschool planning essentials.  I have shared before about my brain here and even videoed how I use it here.  My brain is like our homeschool - constantly changing, constantly evolving.  As my children get older, "my brain" reflects those changes.

Here is the inside of "my brain" and it's contents at this time. This has changed since we began school this year even!  As I see a need for something to be added or discarded, I change it.  Just like any good organization system, it stays organized by maintaining it.  You can't just do it once and let it go!

Here is "my brain".  To the left is where I keep my pens, scissors, ruler, and extra tabs.  The first pages that you see on the right are our Lesson Plans for the week.

The next section is my 2014 Blog Planner.  I just added this in December when I joined back up with the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  Here I keep up with my blog post schedule as well as my review schedule. 

Next is our calendar at a glance for the school year. 

I love using these pocket dividers to stick things in like this supply list for the year. 

Attendance for each child taken from the Well Planned Day Planner. 

Grade sheets for my high schooler are next.  These are included with our curriculum and somebody is behind on filling them in!  I usually do that as I file the papers and ahem - no filing has been done for several months now!!  So, even an organizer can have her down times! 

My next section for the next 90 days includes lesson plans and syllabus for Dave Ramsey's Foundations Curriculum that my high schooler has just begun.

Last I include questions that I have printed from ABC Teach for the books my children are currently reading.

Hope you have enjoyed this current peak into "my brain".  :)

Don't forget to check out what my fellow crew members' Homeschooling Essentials are too!  Here are just a few to get you started.  Click on the banner below to see them all!

Marcy @ Ben and Me
Lisa @ Golden Grasses
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Victoria @ Homemaking with Heart
Kayla @ The Arrowood Zoo
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Deanna @ His Treasure Seekers
Beth @ Ozark Ramblings
Rebecca @ Raventhreads

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials


  1. Love the zip up planner. I recently gave one away that I hadn't used in years. Now, of course looking at yours makes me wish I had it. It looks great!

  2. Everyone has their own way of planning and once you find it - it really helps you so very much! Planning is so important for our children and for our sanity!

    1. I've tried to teach my children to be planners too. I help them set up their own binders as well. :)

  3. This is great, thanks Melissa! I wonder if my WPD zip-up binder would work with this?

    1. I definitely think it would as long as the rings hold up. I had a problem with my rings holding up in mine :(.


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