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Organizing Mom’s Homeschool Notebook
Notebooking isn’t just for the children. A homeschool mom needs her own well organized notebook, too. I have used one ever since my daughter began homeschooling back in Kindergarten.
Tips for Setting Up Mom’s Homeschool Notebook
- Get yourself a fat three ring binder that you can add things to and shift things around in. You will always need a thicker notebook than you expect.
- If you’re the fancy type, decorate the cover and spine of your notebook. (My notebook could use some fanci-fying.)
- Stock up on sheet protectors. Go ahead an put a dozen or so empty sheet protectors into the notebook before you even need them. They don’t take up any room at all, and they will already be there when you need one to hold a great homeschooling article, catalog, or checklist.
- Establish a home for your notebook and always store it there when it’s not in use.
- Add blank paper to your notebook for journaling. You can record milestones, frustrations, and observations. Even if you lean towards unschooling, a journal has value.
Things to Include in Mom’s Homeschool Notebook
- Whatever you use to plan and document your homeschool — a commercial planner, homemade forms, or freebies.
- Articles or quotations that you find motivating
- Teacher’s guides and curriculum schedules
- Homeschool catalogs or book lists
- Checklists (for example Starting a School Year and Life Skills for Young Adults
- Schedule forms)
- Scope and sequence charts (like these math focal points)
- Long term goals
- Feedback questions to ask your children
- A year on one page calendar— go ahead and print several years’ worth
Enjoy your spring and your newly organizing mom planner notebook.
This post is the last installment of the Big Spring Spruce Up.
The first two posts are
Three Areas of Mental Clutter that Sabotage Homeschooling
Controlling the Homeschool Clutter
haha Jimmie- I have to tell you that I used to keep this amazing and really hard to maintain notebook with planner sheets for each of four children. Then I had some sort of epiphany. That was too much work! So, I went back to planning with a spiral notebook like I did in the first two years we homeschooled. I started this year with the same format. Want to take a peek?
However, one thing I’d like to do is print out the IHIP that NY requires- Individualized Home Instruction Plan so I can make sure we are hitting everything I said we would. : ) So maybe that will mean going back to the 3 ring binder method.
Great post! Thanks for the ideas.