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  • Mrs Chakotay 11:05 am on September 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Basic plans Autumn 2016 

    I thought I would share my basic plans. This is our initial timetable (the times are flexible, just a guideline, and to be honest, the lessons end up being much shorter than the hour I’ve allowed):

    The first session is “Morning Time” which includes all of the subjects on the top line, a little each day, but those listed will be our “focus” subjects to make sure none get left out. The Times seem to have got cut out of the photograph, but that should be 9:00 am.

    Then Maths and English every day at 10:00 am, followed by history, geography or science at around 11:00 am. Wednesday has always been our traditional science day with experiments and a nature walk, whatever the weather, and then French or art/ design which will alternate at around 12:00, and lastly an outdoor activity in the afternoon including some spaces for different options (like beach!). In between are breaks and lunch, obviously.

    The timetable is sketched out in my Bullet Journal – I can’t really do pretty and creative planning, but I’m enjoying using it for notes.

    Then, for my day-to-day weekly notes are in an Erin Condren teacher planner  (you may know that I am a planner addict, and Erin Condren is one of my favourites which I have used a few years in a row):

    I have made a bit of a mess of this page, and I don’t use the rows per day (I might cover them up with stickers at some point), it is just a list of subjects to cover over the course of a week, and I have an insert listing the order of the day.

    It may change, it may not work, but one of the advantages of home education is that you can respond very quickly and re-work your plans if needs be.

    What are your plans this year? Are you a planner addict, or do you enjoy “pretty planning”? What do you use?

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  • Mrs Chakotay 4:25 pm on May 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #welovehomeed, book addict, , Erin Condren, , , , , , ,   

    Planning Time Again (Yay!) 

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    Now is the season when homeschool / home education planning starts in earnest!

    Planning is one of my favourite things, as you may know! I have probably tried all the planners there are!

    I seem somehow to have managed to acquire 4, yes four, teacher planners for the 2015/2016 year, so I may do a giveaway at one point – watch this space 🙂

    Although we don’t do it every year, we are planning to carry on through the summer this year as we have had so much disruption again this term with moving house. Our books are mostly still in storage, so I will share in another post what we’re using.

    What I would like to do is shift to earlier bedtimes and earlier rising so we can start lessons early and finish early with a view to free afternoons outdoors while the weather is good. All of my children except the youngest now are teenagers, so that may take some convincing, but I’m going to try 🙂

    Sorry I can’t post photos, as we still have no phone or internet so I am limited to what my mobile can cope with!

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    The four I have this year are:

    • an Erin Condren Teacher Planner which is personalised, so I won’t be giving that one away I’m afraid, sorry! (When it arrives, I’ll post a pic though) 😀 This really is the Rolls Royce of teacher planners! Expensive (although they’ve reduced shipping costs) but worth it because they are so sturdy and lovely to look at all year.

    http://www.erincondren.com

    • The second is another American planner called the Teacher Anchor, which I forgot I ordered:

    http://cjayneteach.bigcartel.com/product/teacher-anchortm-classroom-planner

    This is a nice, sturdy planner, but not colourful like the EC. Really more suitable for school teachers than homeschool, with a bunch of Common Core info at the end, but certainly re-purposable (but they are all sold out this year),

    • a British teacher planner from the Teacher Planner Company:

    http://teacherplannercompany.co.uk/

    (I ordered this before the EC but it hasn’t arrived yet, so I’m not sure what I’ll do with this one but it does have a very nice ruler) and finally,

    • The ‘Holy Simplicity’ Catholic Homeschool Planner from:

    http://www.allthesaintsbooks.com/holy-simplicity-planner.html

    This was a downloadable file, which we printed and bound ourselves. This one is really beautiful, but I have to say I prefer the Well Planned Day planner ( http://hedua.com/cart/index.php/wpd.html ) which is also beautiful and has Bible verses whereas the Holy Simplicity planner has Catholic quotes. It’s a little bit wasted on me to be honest!

    I might use it as a Prayer / Bible and Homemaking planner, as it has a nice monthly ‘Mary and Martha’ notes section for precisely those two things. I have had the WPD planner a couple of times, but it is an expensive option, and the shipping costs make it prohibitively expensive.

    The other problem with American academic planners is that they don’t cover the same period as British planners – our ‘school year’ runs from September to July, whereas most American planners run from July or August to June, often even missing out July altogether, which is not much use if you do school all year round.

    How is your homeschool planning going? Are you excited about the next year? What are you using? Are you a planner addict like me?

     
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