Homeschool Planners for Kids

A planner and Post-its have replaced my memory, which seems to have escaped me these last few years. If it isn’t written down, I probably won’t remember it. This is especially true when it comes to homeschooling multiple children.

I have tried many different means of keeping track of my kids’ assignments and several years ago I settled on giving each of them a Weekly Planner from Rod and Staff. It is intended to be a teacher’s planner for a class, but it works well for individual children. You can see Honeybee filling hers in for the week in the photo above.

In my most organized years, rather than writing the subjects over and over on each page, I printed the subjects in columns on 8 1/2 X 11 adhesive label sheets. Then I cut the columns apart and put a strip on the far left of the page. The kids wrote the dates across the top of each page. Every child had their own planner and I wrote assignments in them weeks in advance.

This year…well, let’s just say this is not my most efficient, organized year. My older boys are keeping track of their own assignments, with me checking on them. Although it would benefit them to use planners, and I may implement this over Thanksgiving. Ladybug has a planner, and since she has various classes to keep track of, it is especially helpful.

Honeybee and Boo have more time on their hands, so I have them fill in the subjects on the left and dates across the top. Then they add the special events of the week, such as art class, choir, piano lesson, and this week, “Aunt Michele” (a date for tea). We add their assignments to each square, so they can see all that needs to be accomplished each day. As they complete tasks, they check them off. Even if I’m not ready to correct their work, I can quickly glance at the planners to see what is completed.

Other items I have used from Rod and Staff are Pathway Readers and their great selection of coloring books. The coloring books make wonderful inexpensive gifts; our favorites are the Nature Book to Color and We Live on a Farm.

If you are off to an inconsistent start, it isn’t too late to get planners and organize your year. You will be glad you did.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Cat and Mark
    November 5, 2009

    I actually want to get one of those for my family planner! I figure the "subjects" can be each member of our family. Most "family" planners have space for only 2-3 kids, so don't work for us. I havent' gotten one yet. Most only go M-F and I was hoping to have one that already had weekend space included (although that is counter-intuitive for the teacher side of things I suppose).

    Now I want to go get one. I so want to be that uber-organized-super-mom. Pretty sure it'll never happen though! 🙂

  2. Laurel
    November 5, 2009

    Yes … being organized and having a plan is very beneficial for both mommy and children. My kids have always done so much better if/when they have a written plan right in front of them.

    I'm loving Sonlight this year, and their weekly schedule that is already in place. I just add things to it, but the basic plan is there if mommy is not quite ready to jump into things directly after breakfast.

    mama of 13

  3. Thankfulmom
    November 5, 2009

    Cat, using one of these for organizing your kids, even if you're not homeschooling is a good idea. You could include chores, music practice, homework, reading, etc. I find the more I write things down, the less the kids need to come to me with a continual flow of questions.

    Laurel, I love the way Sonlight lays out all of the daily assignments. It took me awhile to let go of trying to do it all, but I'm over it now!



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