2019 Daily Planner

2019 Daily Planner is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! Honestly I can’t believe 2018 is almost over, this year flew by in a whirlwind of crazy for us! But 2019 is quickly approaching, and so I thought I’d better release the 2019 Daily Planner!

Even though I’m a homeschooler, I’m also a work-at-home mama, and then we have all of our personal commitments so I really wanted a planner that I could use for everything. This annual daily planner runs from January 2019 – December 2019.

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NOTE: THIS PLANNER RUNS January 2019 -December 2019

In past years I’ve used a separate blog planner to keep track of work stuff, but I was also carrying around a planner for our daily activities, my iPhone to help remind me of things, and sticky notes to remind myself of things to pick up or to do. Obviously with a family of 6 that just isn’t working very well.

So I created my own weekly planner that has spots for everything, so I can hopefully track it all in one place! I’ll show you how I intend to use the planner below, but I’ve left most of the spots blank so that you can customize it to fit your needs too.

The planner comes with a 2019 yearly overview, along with a monthly overview spread, followed by weekly planning pages for each month.

 

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–> Click here to get the 2019 Daily Planner! <–

Included in this planner:

  • This planner runs from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
  • This download has 156 pages or 78 pages if you print double sided.
  • Year at a Glance
  • To-Do Lists
  • Bills & Payments
  • Contacts
  • Weekly Meal Planner
  • Grocery Lists
  • Monthly planning pages
  • Weekly planning pages
  • Notes
  • Printable sticker sheets to help label your planner!
  • Extra Information: Social Media, Pinterest Ideas, Recipe Ideas, Websites, etc.

 

Here’s a close-up of a weekly spread. The far left side has sections to write in things to purchase, a cleaning schedule, errands to run, and people to call for that week. There is a to-do list at the top of each day as well.

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Then I left the other headers blank so you can write in your own. You might choose to separate them out by category, for example family and work like I’m doing. Or you can use them more like time slots during the day like morning/afternoon/evening, or whatever works for your family. It’s totally up to you!

There’s also a small section for meal planning at the bottom of the planner as well where you can jot down ideas for the week to help with creating your shopping list.

I’ve also included a notes section at the bottom of each page for extra notes if needed.
Below is a sample of how I’ll be using the planner and filling in my information for the week.

Please note that this is NOT a replacement for our homeschool lesson planner. There is simply too much information in my lesson plans, especially with four children, to be able to squeeze that into a regular planner. So for now that is kept separate. However I will add things I need to purchase for our homeschool week, or library books that need to get picked up, etc. on this planner so that I can get them while we’re out.

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The planner also comes with extra pages in the back to help you organize your life even more! They include:

  • Contacts
  • Bills
  • Grocery List
  • Weekly Meal Planning pages
  • Extra Information (Websites/inspiration, recipe ideas, Pinterest ideas, social media info)
  • Notes

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BONUS FREE STICKER SHEETS!

After using my planner, I decided that I would like to have some pre-printed sticker labels for things that I knew I would be doing regularly! So I went ahead and added them in for you too! I also included blank sheets that you can customize as well.

To use: Simply print the sticker sheets on full sheet label paper, then cut and use as desired in your planner!

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Printing Suggestions:

I print my planner pages double-sided on light weight cardstock or heavier weight paper so that the ink doesn’t bleed through. I also highly suggest getting your planner spiral bound at your local office supply store as well. It’s usually only a few dollars, but makes using your planner much easier! Of course you can always punch holes, and stick your pages in a 3-ring binder too! Whatever works best for your needs.

If your printer has a double sided printing feature you can use that. If not you can print the ODD pages first, then flip your paper over and printed the EVEN sides so it comes out double sided.

You may also wish to print extra of the sticker sheets and extra pages like notes, grocery lists, etc..

 

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I also like to use the Pilot FriXion Erasable Gel Pens.  I have to say that these  things are so cool! The ink literally and completely erases from the page! The only thing to be careful of is that the eraser can also erase the lines on your planner depending on the ink you use, so I just try to be careful around those areas :o)

I  hope this planner fits your needs, and makes keeping your life organized a little bit easier and more colorful!

–> Click here to get the 2019 Daily Planner here! <–

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Please NOTE:This planner is a digital download product. You will NOT receive a printed planner via mail.
Happy Planning!

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2018-2019 Weekly Blog Planner

2018-2019 Weekly Blog Planner is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Looking for a colorful and detailed blog planner? Look no further, I just released the2018-2019 Weekly Blog Planner!

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Click here to get the 2018-2019 Weekly Blog Planner!

Details: This planner is a downloadable PDF file and has 144 full color pages. The pages aren’t dated, so you can write in the dates for each week. This planner runs August 2018 – July 2019.

The Insides:

Each month has statistic sheets as well as a weekly view layout where you can list all of your blog posts. If you print double sided like I suggest, you’ll end up with your weekly calendar on one side and the notes and other information for that week on the opposing side.
It includes weekly Statistics, websites and inspiration, post ideas and notes, tweets, pinterest pins, and additional notes.

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NEW this year are blog series ideas/tracking, general blog information including host domains, URLS, etc. And a yearly blog grid for any larger projects you may need to keep track of!
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Also NEW this year is a blog series tracking section where you can keep track of blog hops, and other series you may run on your site.
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as well as some financial/accounting information to help keep track of expenses and income. And pages at the back for general brainstorming and note taking. I like to use this area to list projects, posts, and video ideas for next year.
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I have included a statistics and analytics tracking page to help keep track of all of your social media statistics, as well as blog post ideas for general brainstorming.
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There is also a year at a glance page along with giveaway and review tracking pages.
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It also includes pages to help keep track of your sponsors, advertising and affiliates.
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How to print and assemble:
After downloading, I suggest printing the planner double sided. If your printer doesn’t have that capability you can also print the planner double-sided by printing all of the odd pages starting with page 1. Then flip the printed pages and print the even pages on the backs.

I print on a light weight cardstock or nicer quality copy paper just to give the planner a little more durability. It also keeps the ink from bleeding through when writing on both sides.

Next take the printed sheets to your Office Supply store and have them spiral bind it. I spent about $4.50 for the coil and a clear front cover for my planner. This just makes it more durable and holds it together beautifully!

Click here to get the 2018-2019 Weekly Blog Planner!

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I hope you enjoy this planner, as always feel free to send improvements and suggestions to me via email. I can’t promise I’ll be able to attend to all requests, but if it is something that would be useful to most bloggers I will do my best to update the planner!
Happy Blogging!

NOTE: This is a downloadable PDF product. You will not receive a hard copy via mail.

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2018-2019 Year at a Glance Calendar Printable

2018-2019 Year at a Glance Calendar Printable is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! I’ve had a TON of requests for the 2018-2019 year at a glance calendar page that comes with my dated planners.

Normally I don’t offer that page as a stand-a-lone but since I’ve had so many requests I decided to go ahead and make one for you guys.

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I added some fun features to it so you can plan out your overall homeschool year, they include:

  • Start and End dates
  • Semester and Quarters
  • Holidays and Vacations
  • Field Trips

 

I also use a highlight to mark the dates as well so it’s easy for me to see them on the calendar. And yes, I use the same color highlighter as the topic boxes on the form as well just to make things simple Smile

 

Download the 2018-2019 Year at a Glance Pages below:

 

I hope these calendars help you in your planning!

Happy Homeschooling Smile

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Handing Over the School Planning (Homeschooling High School)

[T]here is no education but self-education …
— Charlotte Mason (Towards a Philosophy of Education, p. 26)

When my son started AmblesideOnline Year 1 back in 2008, I created a simple spreadsheet. (At the time, AO did not provide the PDF schedules that are available now.) I made it for ME — it was easier to divide up the weeks and spread them out over multiple days before school started, rather than trying to figure it out and make decisions on the fly. Too many decisions made during the course of a homeschool day can really burn me out.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that showing him the spreadsheet and explaining how it worked helped him become more independent. Now, he could get out what he needed for, say, math, and be ready when it was time for lessons.

The years went by and the spreadsheet began to function more like an elaborate to-do list. For the most part, I no longer told him when to do certain things. Especially once we began high school, we practiced having him order his day, with input from me in regard to how his plans for himself matched up with my plans for his younger sisters and brother.

Next week, he begins 11th grade. I was pondering his year — how he’s taking literature, history, Bible, and philosphy from Mr. Hall; Koine Greek from Mr. Vegas; Latin from Mr. Thomas (Roma Aeterna, if you’re curious) — how Rahime is still tutoring his math — how I am left with chemistry and a (very) short stack of books I want us to cover together.

I sat down to do what I have done every summer for over a decade: create a spreadsheet for him. It was harder this time, because I had to consider the demands of so many different teachers. I found myself unable to complete even the first week without asking multiple questions of teachers as well as my student. And that’s when it dawned on me that it was time to let go. So many of these things are no longer my domain, and what better way for him to prepare for future studies and real life than to start managing his classes and deadlines and such himself?

Instead of making a spreadsheet, I shopped for a planner. This was harder than you think — most are ridiculously full of goal setting tools, or covered in flowers (not cool if you are a sixteen-year-old boy). After a little research, I settled on a basic silver academic weekly and monthly planner by Cambridge.

 

Principles of Scheduling

Over the years, I’ve taught my student the basic principles of scheduling set out by Charlotte Mason (and a few others). So, for example, he was having a hard time four or five years ago, and I discovered he was doing all of his hand written work in a chunk, and then all of his reading and narrating in a chunk. He thought this was efficient, but it was killing him by the end of the day. So that was the perfect opportunity to remind him what I’d done with him when he was younger — and what I was still doing with his siblings. We talked about keeping the brain fresh through the use of alternation. He began to mix his activities up, and noticed immediate relief!

I posted a little about this on Instagram, and one question that came up was, “What exactly are these principles of scheduling I teach my children?” Here is my list, each linked to a place where they come up in Charlotte Mason’s work, so you can read about them for yourselves if you’re interested. Please note a number of these principles come up more than once; I only linked one instance. (This is encouragement to keep reading!)

  • Change of occupation. This is what I called “alternation” above.

    School time-tables are usually drawn up with a view to give the brain of the child variety of work; but the secret of weariness children often show in the home school room is, that no such judicious change of lessons is contrived. (Vol. 1, p. 24)

  • Planning it all in advance, with definite work to be done in a definite time. I expect him to plan out his time, with specifics listed. Not just “science,” for example, but exactly what he plans to do in that time: which book, which pages, and whatever other activities (like notebooking or experiments) might be appropriate.

    In the first place, there is a time-table, written out fairly, so that the child knows what he has to do and how long each lesson is to last. This idea of definite work to be finished in a given time is valuable to the child, not only as training him in habits of order, but in diligence; he learns that one time is not ‘as good as another’; that there is no right time left for what is not done in its own time; and this knowledge alone does a great deal to secure the child’s attention to his work. (Vol. 1, p. 142)

  • Free time as a reward for finishing in a timely manner. My oldest prefers to keep going and enjoy finishing his whole day early, rather than frittering away a few minutes here and there. I think this is probably typical of older children.

    His writing task is to produce six perfect m‘s: he writes six lines with only one good m in each line, the time for the writing lesson is over and he has none for himself; or, he is able to point out six good m‘s in his first line, and he has the rest of the time to draw steamboats and railway trains. (Vol. 1, p. 143)

  • Short lessons, or not spending too much time on any one subject or assignment. If he’s tempted to start day dreaming, or his mind starts to wander, he’s spent too long on it. We want to retain the power of fixed attention that we have built over many years!

    The power of reading with perfect attention will not be gained by the child who is allowed to moon over his lessons. For this reason, reading lessons must be short … (Vol. 1, p. 230)

  • No homework. This is tricky with teens. This is why I didn’t say exactly what Charlotte Mason says about not working in the evenings. Sometimes teens have jobs or other activities during the day, and can choose to do their school work in the evening on those days in order to get everything done. I think this is one of the huge benefits of homeschooling — the ability to reorganize the schedule in a way that makes sense for the child and family. But with that said, choosing to work in the evenings is different from planning poorly and then working when you aren’t supposed to.

    [T]he evenings are absolutely free, so that the children have leisure for hobbies, family reading, and the like … (Vol. 3, p. 240)

  • Don’t be all work and no play, and don’t forget to cultivate your whole person. Time needs to be set aside for being outside, for engaging in hobbies, in doing chores, and in not working.

    From one to two hours, according to age and class, are given in the afternoons to handicrafts, field-work, drawing, etc. … (Vol. 3, p. 240)

 

Maturity Grabs the Baton

I doubted myself on this decision to hand over the scheduling completely. Even though the worst thing that could go wrong is that we miss a deadline or have some rough patches during the year, I carried on an internal debate about the appropriateness of all of this. That debate ended when I re-read Charlotte Mason’s preface to the Home Education series in Parents and Children as preparation for my local group meeting. In it, she explains:

[T]he path indicated by the law is continuous and progressive, with no transition stages from the cradle to the grave, except that maturity takes up the regular self-direction to which immaturity has been trained. (p. xiv)

Maturity takes up the regular self-direction to which immaturity has been trained. That was a light bulb moment for me! The self-direction to which we train our children starts from the moment they glace at their daily lists and get out their school supplies without being asked, yes. But it doesn’t end there. It’s a continual progression, with Mom handing over a little more independence and responsibility with each passing year.

When the planner arrived, we sat down and went over the format. It was a simple enough challenge: take the lists from each of your teachers — because even I made a list of what should be done each week concerning the books I’ve selected to round out his studies — and plug them into your planner.

In the middle of over-explaining what I wanted him to do, he said, “Wait — you mean you just want me to make my own spreadsheet by hand using this calendar?” I lamely answered, “Yes,” and that was the end of it.

I realize now that handing over something like scheduling is the end of a long process that happens in small bits beginning from first grade. There is, as Charlotte Mason so aptly said, “no transition stage,” because it’s just one long transition.

And then suddenly they’re all grown up!

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Good thing we have a couple years left before I have to worry about that.

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2018-2019 Student Planner (B/W)

2018-2019 Student Planner (B/W) is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi friends! Looking for a black and white student planner? Look no further! I have the 2018-2019 B/W Student Planner just for you! This planner is specifically designed for students to help keep track of class schedules, exams, projects, assignments, grades, reading, and activities that you might need! And since it’s black/white, it’s saves money on ink too!

 

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–>> Get the 2018-2019 B/W Student Planner here!

NOTE: This planner is a download and print type planner, it is not editable via computer at this time, sorry!

What’s included?

NOTE: This planner is a PDF download. It is DATED for the 2018-2019 school year and is a full 8×10 sheet portrait layout planner with 172 pages.

  • Planner runs from July 2018 – July 2019 and is pre-dated
  • Days run Monday-Sunday
  • 2018-2019 year-at-a-glance pages
  • Monthly overview pages
  • Weekly planning pages
  • Weekly Overview pages
  • Class Schedule
  • Contacts
  • Activity tracker
  • Notes pages
  • Reading Logs
  • Assignment logs
  • Project planning pages
  • Annual grade tracking pages
  • Daily grade tracking pages
  • Attendance tracking

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I’ve also added in a weekly overview page for each week. Students can keep track of assignments, exams, reading, as well as basic calendar activities!

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There are also grade tracking, attendance tracking, and reading logs and a 2018-2019 year-at-a-glance page.

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I’ve also included student specific pages such as class schedules, project planners, and assignment and exam tracking pages.   I’ve also included contact pages to keep track of all of your friends as well as an extra curricular activity tracker so you can keep track of where you need to be!

There are also plenty of “to-do” lists and inspiration pages to keep track of things your ideas!

 

This planner is available right now!

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Printing Tips: I suggest printing the planner double sided. Then I take mine to a local office supply store and had it spiral bound. It cost approximately $5.00 for the spiral, plastic cover, and backing. I also suggest printing it on a light weight cardstock or higher quality copy paper for durability and to prevent ink bleeding through the pages. If your printer doesn’t have double sided printing, you can simply print all of the odd pages, then flip and print the even pages on the back side. Just make sure you’re pages are set up in the right order to print the correct pages on the backsides.

Suggestions for use: I get some colorful pens, I like Frixion erasable pens, and start planning! The dates are already dated along the top of each page, all you have to do is fill in your assignments! You might even wish to use different colored pens for each subject to help keep things organized and easy to read.   Hope you enjoy this planner!

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2018-2019 Student Planner

2018-2019 Student Planner is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi friends! It’s time for my 2018-2019 Student Planner. This planner is specifically designed for students to help keep track of class schedules, exams, projects, assignments, grades, reading, and activities that you might need!

NOTE: This planner is a download and print type planner, it is not editable via computer at this time, sorry!

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–>> Get the 2018-2019 Student Planner here!

NOTE: This planner is a PDF download. It is DATED for the 2018-2019 school year and is a full 8×10 sheet portrait layout planner with 180 pages.

 

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What’s included?

This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the July 2018 – July 2019 school year. This planner is 8×10 portrait format for easier printing and binding. It includes 180 pages total.

  • Planner runs from July 2018 – July 2019 and is pre-dated
  • Days run Monday-Sunday
  • 2018-2019 year-at-a-glance pages
  • Monthly overview pages
  • Weekly planning pages
  • Weekly Overview pages
  • Class Schedule
  • Contacts
  • Activity tracker
  • Notes pages
  • Reading Logs
  • Assignment logs
  • Project planning pages
  • Annual grade tracking pages
  • Daily grade tracking pages
  • Attendance tracking

I’ve also added in a weekly overview page for each week. Students can keep track of assignments, exams, reading, as well as basic calendar activities!

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There are also grade tracking, attendance tracking, and reading logs and a 2018-2019 year-at-a-glance page.

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I’ve also included student specific pages such as class schedules, project planners, and assignment and exam tracking pages.

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I’ve also included contact pages to keep track of all of your friends as well as an extra curricular activity tracker so you can keep track of where you need to be!

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There are also plenty of “to-do” lists and inspiration pages to keep track of things your ideas!

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This super fun planner is available right now!

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Printing Tips:

I suggest printing the planner double sided. Then I take mine to a local office supply store and had it spiral bound. It cost approximately $5.00 for the spiral, plastic cover, and backing. I also suggest printing it on a light weight cardstock or higher quality copy paper for durability and to prevent ink bleeding through the pages.

If your printer doesn’t have double sided printing, you can simply print all of the odd pages, then flip and print the even pages on the back side. Just make sure you’re pages are set up in the right order to print the correct pages on the backsides.

 

Suggestions for use:

I get some colorful pens, I like Frixion erasable pens, and start planning! The dates are already dated along the top of each page, all you have to do is fill in your assignments!

You might even wish to use different colored pens for each subject to help keep things organized and easy to read.

 

Hope you enjoy this planner!

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