Let’s Organize Your Homeschool Planner!
Grab something to drink, your bullet journal, and something to write with…we are going to organize your homeschool planner to meet the needs of YOUR unique child, not the generic one the curriculum is written for.
you can oversee piano practice, begin dissecting a worm in the kitchen and look over an essay-all in the course of, oh, say, 15 minutes on a random Thursday afternoon.
And if you are doing all those things, you somehow need to stay on top of it all. Do you need a plan? Yes. Can we organize your homeschool planner together? Yes! I figured out how to organize a homeschool planner that let’s me see who my child is and how to tweak lessons to meet their needs. I remain flexible instead of frustrated. Let me help you plan for your for unique and wonderful kids by figuring in their needs and how to meet the required curriculum.
You know how you contruct your plan for the year or week, thoughtfully considering just the right books and activities? What happens when you present this to your kids and they turn up their noses or only finish work begrudgingly? I’m sure you feel like me-a little defeated and probably a wee bit frustrated.
All this work…why won’t they just do it?
I felt this a fair amount of the time when I first started homeschooling and let myself be ruled by the curriculum suggestions and benchmarks.
My bullet journal helped me be more flexible and made all of us more happy. I was making the mistake of giving the curriculum more deciding weight than the kids sitting in front of me.
In Real Life…
I’ll give you a recent example: after the holidays, I planned on starting a unit on Helen Keller. When we sat down to begin, my daughter showed very little interest. I felt a little bit of defeat come to the surface but I listened to her and went back the reflections on her in my bullet journal. Looking over her snapshot, I realized that one goal for the year was to read a biography and I had chosen Helen Keller. But was I really hung up on her learning about this particular historical figure? No, I wanted her to be exposed to the literary genre. So we switched gears by choosing a different biography, this time Jane Goodall, and happily progressed along our way.
Twice a year (at least) I sit down to do some big reflection; I create a mind map on each kid and then compile a list that gives me a detailed snapshot of that particular learner. With this uniquely detailed assessment that includes their loves and hates, their learning strengths and weakness, I consider how I can capitalize on their strengths and strengthen some of their weaknesses.
How did the bullet journal help me? It provided the evidence that I needed to be flexible. <-watch the Periscope
When we run up against pushback from our kids, perhaps it isn’t them being headstrong or difficult, maybe we have to give our own plans another look.
When I do the work of thoughtfully considering who my children are, it gives me a good guide to use to construct lessons that will be fun, worthwhile and engaging.
Give It A Try
Use the following questions to build an individualized plan for your child:
We need only to observe and listen to the children, as they continuously suggest to us what interests them, and what they would like to explore in a deeper way. — Loris Malaguzzi
The best way to organize your homeschool planner? Consider the child you have today.
Want more bullet journal resources? Check out these posts–Homeschool Planner: Miracle Worker,
- Bullet Journal How To: a Powerful Homeschool Miracle Worker
- No Nonsense BuJo: What You Need to Begin
- Homeschool Planner Love: The Most Fabulous One is the One You Use
- The Calendar is the Brain Behind Your Bullet Journal
- How to Do It All: Accountability with BuJo
- Planner Love: Finding the Perfect One for You!