A few weeks ago, I shared 5 tips I’m currently learning about planning homeschool activities with a child with special needs.
One big resource that helps with planning is… well, a planner!
I’ve long been a planner girl, both as a student and when I was a teacher. I love (maybe need?) recording to-dos and ideas… and then checking them off when completed.
I’m currently torn between keeping digital-only lesson plans and/or writing my plans out on paper. I like having the digital copies for ease of copying and pasting website addresses for activities, as a reference in few months and years, and for a backup. But, I like the ease of having a pencil and paper in front of me, too. Due to the nature of our current development, I tweak our plans often, so I currently need to write them all in something that can be modified.
The Well-Planned Day Planner
I met some of the extremely helpful folks with Home Educating Family Association (HEDUA) at the 2:1 Conference last April and came upon the opportunity to review one of their planners, The Well-Planned Day, a physical planner.
(Disclosure: I received a free copy of this planner in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links are also present in this post. If you purchase HEDUA products from one of these links, I receive a small commission without affecting your cost. Thank you for supporting this site and my family!)
This planner aims to provide a comprehensive product for homeschooling families. It includes:
- Family memories sheets,
- Contact lists,
- Budgeting forms,
- Cleaning/household management forms,
- Responsibility/chore charts for kids,
- Teacher and student schedules (for up to 4 kids),
- Attendance reports,
- Monthly calendars,
- Weekly planning sheets with quotes, Scripture, and meal plan space,
- Tear-out grocery lists,
- Monthly encouragement articles for faith, family, and homeschool,
- and fancy, cardstock report cards!
My favorite components:
- The semester goals sheets. I love having a spot to write out goals for the semester for each of my kids and their specific needs. For my child with special needs, I discussed goals with his therapists and refined goals to focus our activities. I plan to keep this practice up throughout the years!
- Monthly Book Lists and Field Trips pages. Including a planning page to list books read as a family (or individually) and field trips each month holds me accountable to plan those events!
- Weekly Planning Forms. Obviously, these forms make up the bulk of the planner, and they’re definitely the most used. Each day offers a good amount of space, with options to write-in your own subjects. I love having the “Weekly Priorities” section on the side, where I typically write down components of therapy we need to focus on for the week. This sidebar would be a great place to write out a weekly or monthly memory verse, too.
If it were available, one thing I’d like to see in this planner is a “preschool planning form” organized specifically for preschool. Not all families would find this form useful, but many might enjoy it. Since we’re just in the preschool stages now, I modified the row labels to fit our needs.
Another “plus” would be a way to save all these plans and records digitally. HEDUA is currently working on a new digital option! You can sign up here to receive notice of when the digital Well Planned Day software is available.
To see how someone with older kids uses The Well-Planned Day planner, check out this article.
This article on HEDUA’s blog shares 10 tips on using this planner, including some aspects you might not initially realize.
HEDUA is kindly offering one planner to one of you! Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below.
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What planner do you use for homeschool planning? What’s one component you NEED a planner to include?
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this planner in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links are also present in this post. If you purchase HEDUA products from one of these links, I receive a small commission without affecting your cost. Thank you for supporting this site and my family!
This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-Up and Hearts for Home linkup.