Apr 192017
 

There was enough interest on the homeschool planning forms that I had created that I am making them available to you in hopes that you find them useful.

 

Please note that my forms are plain because I value function over aesthetics. If you want pretty fonts, clip art and colorful pages you will find better options on Google.

The forms are:

  • Weekly Log- can be used for planning or after the fact tracking
  • Attendance Record
  • Resource List
  • Field Trip Log
  • Reading Log

I decided against creating a grade log because it turns out that I already had the right solution in the form of an Excel spreadsheet that I had downloaded years ago and forgotten that I had so I wasn’t going to reinvent that wheel.

All forms are available for free download for all e-mail subscribers. You can download them individually or get all forms in one file (plus cover and 2017-2018 calendar).

I am doing things a little differently from other homeschool bloggers that give free printables. While all of my forms are available for free download as-is, what is different is that if you want to have a simple modification made to the form (such as add, delete or rename a subject, change the font, change the title of the form, have your child’s name and grade added, etc), I’ll be happy to do it for you for a very nominal charge of just $0.99 per change.

I make this offer because I would have preferred to pay somebody else that has a free printable a couple of dollars to remove “Bible” from the subject list or to change the font than to have to create my own thing from scratch because I couldn’t violate their copyright and change it myself.



 

Apr 122016
 
waste time wiselySome parents obsess about finding the perfect planner for their homeschool.  I was not one of them until I realized how many hours I have wasted on Google trying unsuccessfully to find the perfect planner.

When it comes to planning there is no one size fits all solution.  Some mothers want one planner to unite them all incorporating not only lesson planning but family budgets, meal planning, shopping lists, appointments, etc.   Even those that want a strictly teacher’s planner won’t find a one size fits all solution.

Because most planners on the market had more bells and whistles than I wanted, I sought out to make my own from a mix and match of templates, despite there being many choices available even that was a bust.

Most templates have more than I need, others are almost perfect except they’ll quote scripture or have Bible listed as a subject. That one word ruins the form for me.

I could just make my own from scratch but I suck at making things look pretty.  I could use an electronic planner from the many apps and webpages available or just use Evernote like I use for everything else but I have found it best (ie fastest) to do my lesson planning unplugged.  If I tried to do it on the computer or tablet I find myself wasting time on Facebook before long, just not as efficient for me.

organizing-memeMy $0.17 spiral bound notebook from Walmart has been working just fine as a planner, why am I wasting so much time trying to reinvent the wheel?   The only guess that I can come up with is vanity.  It would be nice to have a pretty planner to use.  But such a desire is not worth the time and expense when the system I am currently using is working just fine.
Jul 132015
 

While some parents want to purchase a set that has everything that they need to homeschool every subject for the entire year, I like not being bound by boxed curriculum. One of the things I love most about homeschooling so far is the total flexibility in being able to choose the style, materials and resources that will work for you and your children.

While unschooling has worked very well so far, I don’t feel comfortable completely jumping into that river and just going with the flow so I did some research and basic planning while still retaining room for flexibility. Add to this my son’s affair with busywork (aka worksheets) and there was the need to do at least some shopping and downloading for the next school year.

After much researching here are our curriculum picks for next year. I bought materials that I thought were good enough quality and would appeal to Shammy. The rest will be going with the flow, doing lots of reading, learning from life and maybe doing some unit studies, if that goes well we may try our hand at notebooking but only time will tell.

So who were the winners? These were the two items that I felt I just HAD to buy:

building thinking skillsCritical Thinking Company’s “Building Thinking Skills:

This is an award winning complete curriculum that works on vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as visual and auditory processing.  The manipulatives will make it interactive and fun.

 

Life of Fred ” Elementary Math Serieslife of fred:

Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters situations that call for solving math problems. Children actually want to read these books.

While my son has shown that he has a natural aptitude for math and has greatly developed math skills on his own, I chose Life of Fred for it’s humorous narrative format style that will appeal to my reading loving son. While there is a Language Arts version of LoF, I figured that I would try the math first and see how things go.

After lots of research (including browsing all 800 pages of the Rainbow Resource Center catalog), these were the only “must haves” in my mind.

I did purchase some copywork bundles and geography ebooks from the Build Your Bundle sale and I have been building an age appropriate science lab to do weekly experiments, mostly from You Tube and Pinterest.

In a future post, I will show you how you can build your science lab with mostly items from the dollar store.