Lesson Planners: Part 1...

July 23, 2017

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Do you use one? I feel like I can't function without it! My Type A personality needs it, ha! I like to map out what we're doing in each subject for at least a month out (my hope is to plan even further out this year, but that may be wishful thinking!). I like to be able to cross off what we've accomplished and be able to reference back to see what we've done and what we still need to knock out.

Of course, the options are endless! There's the Happy Planner, Erin Condren Life Planner, and countless others like this...

They all look awesome, the sky's the limit on price, and they all offer different things. All I really want is to list what we're doing for each subject, each day. Basically, my checklist for the day. Being that my son is like me, he likes to see the plan, too. There's a sense of accomplishment when he sees everything crossed out for the day, ha. Yes, we're nerds.

So last year, I made a couple different printable planners thinking that I'd use one and sell the rest on Etsy. Then as it turned out, someone gave me a lesson planner that they weren't going to use. By that point, I figured I'd just use that over printing or buying one. Why not? It's free! While it was incredibly basic/plain, it did the job and that's all I really cared about. Well, with it being SO basic, I decided to go ahead and do something else this year. It did the job, but I wanted something a little more fun. With that said, as we're about to start a new school year, I decided to make a couple new options (here and here), and yet I found myself checking Target's One Spot for the simple cheap one again to avoid the hassle of printing my own. Well, they FINALLY put it out and it's terrible. Who puts grid lines on the areas where you'd actually write your lessons? It'd be hard to even see what you're writing -- not to mention, super annoying. Yeah...so I'm back to the plan of printing one of the versions that I created. I know that's probably my best option -- especially since I can customize everything about it and cater it to exactly what I need/want (plus, it's cheaper than Happy Planner or Erin Condren Life Planner)...

Here are the two designs I made this year. I'm not losing sleep over it or anything, but I'm still debating if I'll just print them out and put them in a binder, or laminate the front/back covers and have it professionally bound at the local office store. I suppose I still have a few weeks to get things prepared before our school year officially starts, so we'll see...


What do you use in your homeschool? Do you get one of the super fun Happy Planners or Erin Condren Life Planners? Make your own? Nothing at all? I totally see our personalities shine through with this little minor decision, ha.


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  1. I'm an excel nerd. Everything is always getting adjusted so erasing everything in a paper planner would drive me crazy!:)

    1. I hear ya there. I LOVE Excel! I always have arrows going all over my page as things get adjusted due to unexpected activities throughout the week.