Hello Planning Mashers!
With the pandemic upon us, a lot of families choose to homeschool their kids. Therefore today I’ll be sharing with you how to set up a homeschool Bullet Journal to make this whole endeavor more fun, productive, and altogether pleasant for the little ones and you!
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Ok, Extra transparency here – I don’t have kids and therefore I don’t actually use any of these pages. However, I did some extensive research and talked to a lot of people who actually do homeschool, including my beloved nephew and niece, whom I live with these days.
So I know these pages are useful and will help you to get organized and feel a bit less overwhelmed.
At the end of the post, I also included some resources for homeschool pre-made planner pages and printables in case you need a quick start.
Like every other Bullet Journal, you should start with a key. In your homeschool journal though, you might need completely different signifiers.
Try creating different symbols for important things for homeschooling, such as assignments, field trips, an activity that might need some extra budget, and so on.
Try to use color-coding either by subject or by the student if you have more than one little one to teach.
It’s always nice to have a yearly overview and a homeschool Bullet Journal is not an exception.
Use this to mark special dates (like big holidays that would require a special themed activity), field trips, vacations, deadlines for exams and such.
It’s always good to see a big picture like that when you prepare.
Big Picture Spread
Speaking of big pictures, you might want to create a separate spread for it.
Let this be kind of a huge brain dump for all the things you want to do with the kids this year. Add here different projects, field trip ideas, online courses, and documentaries.
Whenever you find something you think kids might like and will be useful for them – just add it here. When you plan your lessons, just look back to see if you can use some of the ideas you had before.
Depending on where you live, you might require to track attendance by days or by hours.
This will guide you on what kind of tracker you might need. You can create a huge annual tracker if all you need is tracking days – it’ll be really so convenient to have a complete overview of the yearly attendance.
You can also go month by month, or semester by semester – whatever you feel like is easier and more convenient for you.
Before Classes Begin
There’re lots of preparations you and the kids should do before they start classes: get all the supplies, clean out an area in the house for studying, research different programs, and so on.
Just to be sure you’re staying on top of this – create a list of things to do before you actually sit down to teach.
Monthly Planning Page
It’s easier to plan small, so start by creating a monthly homeschool spread.
This of all the things you want to cover with your kids this month. Add here any projects and trips if needed.
Weekly Study Plan
This is the heart of your planning – your weekly study plan.
Day by day write down what subjects you covered, what assignments you had, and so on.
Just be flexible, especially if you have smaller kids. Things might not go according to plan and some subjects might take longer to cover. Always leave some extra time.
Since you’re probably working off some kind of curriculum, it would be nice to have a checklist so you can see how far along you went with your studies.
If you’re working off books, it can be even easier, you could simply track chapter by chapter as you move along.
Books Read / Movies Watched
Apart from your usual curriculum books and documentaries, there will probably be some extra ones you’d like your kids to read and watch to widen their horizons.
Create a separate tracker for those so you see which ones you already covered. Might be useful to add a little rating to it to see in the future what material resonated better with your children.
This is something you could add to your weekly plan, but since it’s already probably filled with your daily classes schedule, – you can move the assignments to a separate spread.
Track the assignments, the deadlines by which they need to be completed, and the assessments on how well your students did.
It could be also beneficial to add a little space for notes to self if you see the kids struggling with certain things.
There are many ways to teach and as you discover them one by one you will see what strategies work best for what kids.
The benefit of homeschooling is that you can actually give individual attention to every kid’s needs, so it could be helpful to have a special spread with notes on what kind of teaching works best for your kid.
Running To-Do List
There are so many things to remember when you homeschool – courses to register for, test signups, supplies.
Create a separate spread with a running to-do list so you’re always on top of things.
Speaking of supplies – you’ll need a lot of them, not only for kids but for teaching as well.
Plus field trip expenses, extra projects, and so on.
To make sure your study program doesn’t bankrupt you – be sure to create a budget for all the things you need and want to do.
It will help you not only stay organized with your finances but also reevaluate what things are worth doing and what things can be replaced by something equally fun but substantially cheaper.
As I always say – having a routine is the key to success. This of actual schools – they have routine kids follow every day, so they stay organized and keep learning.
You need to create a similar routine for your kids when homeschooling. Establish the wake-up time, class time, fun time, but also homework study time.
If kids have already set routine it will be easier for them to just follow it and stay organized. This is huge when we talk about homeschooling because studying from home is no easier than working from home and we all need an extra structure for that.
It might be fun to create a huge board with the routine so kids can see it and follow. This might also be a fun game when you would ask them what we do next and they try to figure out the time and the task they are supposed to be doing.
Finally, it can be a very fun idea to encourage your kids to set their own goals.
Setting and achieving goals is very motivating and always creates that extra feeling of accomplishment and pride.
Sit down with the kids, talk about what you’ll be learning, and encourage them to set study goals for themselves. It can be very fun and motivating for the kids,
Homeschool Planner Printables
Since I know sometimes you might just not have time and want something already pre-made. Or maybe you wanna take a look at these planners and copy some of the ideas to your homeschool Bullet Journal.
So here are a few cool things I found for you.
In my research on using BuJo for homeschooling, I stumbled upon Megan from The School Nest. She seems like a total pro in homeschooling.
On her site, she offers printable weekly lesson plans and a few other things that I’m sure your kids will find pretty fun.
Shining Mom offers a huge free printable homeschool planner with sections like a lesson plan, weekly plan, activities plan, exams schedule, and more.
Living Life and Learning has another free printable homeschool planner with pages for curriculum plan, weekly lesson plan, field trip plan, and so on.
Ed Snapshots offers a free printable planner which is pretty straightforward and allows you to plan for the month, week, and day.
5 Js free homeschool planner includes 200 pages and is very very detailed. It breaks down each day with assignments, activities, and daily schedules and includes tons of other collections like books read, assignment tracker.
Hope all of this prepared you for homeschooling!
Do you use your Bullet Journal for homeschooling? Which pages do you find most useful? Share with us in the comments!
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