Free Homeschool Planner — Master Plan

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I just LOVE special requests and this one is no exception. This one came from Jennifer (Hey Jennifer!) who had a brilliant idea. She requested a sheet like the “Weekly Planner,” but blank at the top so that she could add in herself and the names of all of her children. That way she can create a daily schedule for everyone on the same sheet.

I normally do not schedule my family to such a detailed extent, but as I emphasize in Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace, everyone is going to do things differently. I could see this type of homeschool planner being helpful for people with older kids who alternate working with Mom at different times and then do independent work as well.

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But then after I made this sheet, another post convicted me. The other three Scholé Sisters are talking about planning and schedules this week. Mystie’s post yesterday about schedules, using them as a tool, and how there is freedom to be found there really has me thinking as I plan my own upcoming school year. I love her ideas about posting the schedule for the student to see to encourage them to be more independent.

Even more so, though, I am totally intrigued by this. Mystie writes:

Plenty of it and no hurry“: Is that not what we are after? Are we willing to give our time to the “thing or person claiming it rightly” in order to achieve that sense of time value? It takes upfront work to determine those duties and to write out a fair time-table where we cut back on time wasters and lower priorities in order to better execute our true responsibilities. But that upfront work, when followed up on, will earn us that sense of there being enough time, with no hurry.

Yes! That is what I long for. As I ponder what Mystie wrote, and the tool Jennifer encouraged me to make, I am seriously considering an experiment — a week of more structured schedule over loosey-goosey routine. Just to test. Just to see if it might make a difference in my home, my day, my feeling of well-being. Not to be in control, because as Mystie reminds us, we are not, but to use it wisely and bring peace.

So what do you think? Would you encourage such an experiment?

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  • I’m definitely trying it! 🙂 I’ve always had a schedule, but I’ve always left a lot of stuff off and just hoped that it happened. This means that sometimes it happened…and sometimes it didn’t! I’m learning the value of planning, especially since I’m not super great at making things happen on the fly.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Yep, that’s me too. We have a great routine, but no actual boundaries. That is what I am hoping this will provide for me.

  • Lisa A says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I read Mystie’s post and thought I’d like to try a daily schedule, and now it will be easy to actually do it since I don’t have to draw it up myself. In fact, it probably wouldn’t have happened for months (years?) if I’d had to do it myself. Now I can just fill in the boxes and we’re good to go! 🙂

  • Mystie says:

    Yeah, the more pieces I have to work in to our days, the more I’ve had to make and keep a loose schedule. Last year I realized I didn’t have the time built into our week to take care of weekly cleaning sort of things and that added a lot of stress and “feeling behind” to our year.

    So when I worked out my “weekly time budget” for this coming year, I tried to make sure there was a slot for each area in my life and not just school. I hope it works!

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      That is a great point. Kind of like making a household budget. It’s the things you forget that come back to sneak up on you. This is going to be an interesting process.

  • Ashley says:

    When my first was born, we learned he needed a detailed schedule in order to feel secure. I spent three years being scheduled down to the five minute increment. My husband is military, so each move has helped him to get used to a looser routine. Recently, his behavior and emotions are out of control, so this post was a kick in the booter to get a more structured time table. Thank ya’ll for the inspiration.

  • Heather says:

    We have a loose, general flow of the days….and we’re getting lost. Somehow it’s just not working like it did years ago. Maybe because we have older kids starting high school now. This is exactly the type of schedule we are looking at trying!

    One selfish request…any chance you could make one in boys colors? My 4 boys aren’t too keen on having pink on the walls or in their notebooks.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Heather — I can add it to my list, but right now I am not sure when I might get to it.

      • Heather says:

        Some days I’m not as smart as I think I am! I printed the planning sheets using the “black and white” option and they turned out all boy, in grey and white. Because there’s not a big flower or sparkles or fluffy unicorns on the top it looks perfectly masculine. Thank you!

        • Pam Barnhill says:

          Oh you ARE smart. What a great idea. I am so glad that you figured that out.

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