Another new year upon us & it's nearly time for a new school year to begin in full. I debated the whole making a planner thing for this year, mostly because with the kids keeping their own planners I wasn't sure how much I'd need my own. Yeah, but the thing is I kinda like having a planner & filling it in as I move through each week. Yeah, that's probably weird, but it's how I tend to roll!
The upside was, because I didn't change much in the planner from last year it was a quick adjustment of dates & updating the small bit that I did change. It didn't take me very long.
Then I realised that the only photo I had to slap on the front of it, of the whole family, was some nerdy one I took at the beach when we were down the other side of the coast this past spring. My kids are totally playing it up, I'm attempting not to freeze, & Mr S is the only one acting semi-normal, except that's not really normal for him. You know, it totally sums our family up in one crazy picture, & that's pretty much why I haven't had the decency to send our Christmas cards in the past 2 years.
I didn't really think to take a photo before I started to fill in personal information, whoops! I still add photos before I print it out to help reduce the bulk of the planner. That, & I find that it easier to be sure I've sized them right.
Same ol' planning page which is available here if you want it. I love being able to see at a quick glance what we have going on & map out our school year. Mind you I've only got Term 1 mapped out at the moment & we'll be back full swing in just over 2 weeks time now. I've been using this planning sheet for several years now & it's works really well for us.
I added matching monthly calendars this year. I debated a two page spread vs 1 page for a while & even made 1 page spreads, but didn't like the limitation so I fixed it. The bottom space below allows me to plan out things I might need to deal with each month like my kids Lego Club or other monthly obligations I might have but need to put a bit more information down about. I was going to add holidays, but here's the thing.. I figure not everyone will have the same ones, & some people won't want any at all so I left utterly blank for filling in.
I also changed the former monthly pages up a bit to be more fitting for our needs. I tend to write down initials for what's we're reading or using & this page allows me to keep track of what those stand for should I forget. I also like to pop down funny things the gang says to look back on & laugh about. We hear a lot of craziness around here. There's also a space for keeping track of achievements, tracking goals, & outings. All in one simple place I can refer to. I like it!
The weekly pages are nearly the same, just a small addition of a weekly prayer slot on my planner page, which is what I often use my notes section for anyway. I changed the little menu section too, but other then that it's all the same.
I changed our Nature calendar to nearly follow the year, because the other way was driving me a little bit bonkers. What's written in the squares is the same, & not what we'll necessarily be studying, but things to keep an eye out for in those months.
That's about it. I still have the Homeschool Verses page at the start of the planner & of course the year at a glance pages. Extra note pages in the back. It's slimmer then the one I had last year, but mostly because last year I'd added in some pages from the Motivated Mom's Planner. This year it's just the school stuff all bound up. I used the binding from an older planner & it was long enough I had spare. I was pretty keen that it was purple! It's all set & ready to roll & should be available soon if you're interested.