“Let your child choose it. Glue it. Peruse it. Review it.”
– Marlene Barron
Our family has always taken the free digital app route when it comes to tracking/calendaring anything we deem important. So, to find myself looking at physical planners took me back to my days as a high school student. However, in the interest of supporting a screen-free environment for my children whenever possible, I was excited to pick out a solution that would fit our needs. When searching for a solution for homeschool lesson planning and record keeping, there were a few specifics I had in mind, based off of my very insightful experiences trying out different teaching documentation templates:
- home for all planning and documentation needs, except for our nature journaling/mapping
- separate space for monthly planning by subject area
- its own space for weekly planning by subject area
- weekly planning space for at least 7 subject areas
- a separate space for documenting observations
- a separate space for documenting goals for myself weekly or monthly
- a place to store papers or pamphlets acquired while out on excursions
- separate area for storing my Montessori scope and sequence
Also helpful, but not required:
- already dated for 2018
- a space for meal planning, separate from practical life activities
- somewhere to jot down a quick list
I was excited to find this Erin Condren
teacher planner, so I wanted to share it with you all. It’s a bit on the pricier side of what I found when researching homeschool lesson planning and record keeping tools for teachers, but I was fortunate to have a discount code that helped offset the cost. Also, I figured I have used enough free digital apps in the last ten years or so to justify the extra splurge on something I know has EVERYTHING on our list of needs and wants for the year, plus some extras. Below are a few shots I took when unboxing.
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You’ll notice a space for notes using a wet erase pen on the inside front and back cover. There’s also a snap-in ruler, and I was able to add on a snap-in meal planner, as well as a snap-in bullet list.
It is already dated for the 2018-2019 academic calendar year and there’s enough space for weekly documentation of 6, or an optional 7 subject areas.
Included with the purchase are a couple pages of stickers for lists, reminders, etc.
The back includes transparent sheets, a double-sided folder, and another wet erase section.
That is just a taste of what you get from this planner. If you’re still in the market for a planner or any planning accessories, I highly recommend this one. You can customize the cover to suit your design preferences and accessorize the inside to meet your functionality needs.