As the school year winds down, it's time to think about the upcoming school year. One of the first things I like to do is make sure I have my homeschool planner ready to go. This year, I have used the Plum Paper Homeschool Planner. If you have thought about this planner, but would like to know more, read on.
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Plum Paper Homeschool Planner Overview
Ready to dive in for a look? Let's get started with a quick overview of customization options.
- Choose from 3 sizes - 8.5" X 11", 7" X 9", or A5 (5.8" X 8.3")
- Select and customize your cover - Many customizable cover options are available. You can add a quote, photo, your name, initials, year.
- 3 layouts to choose from - Inside layouts vary slightly between sizes.
- Color options - The 8.5" X 11" is available in the colorful option while the A5 and 7" X 9" are both available in colorful or neutral.
- Binding - Select unpunched to bind yourself or select the coiled option.
- Start month and length - Select your starting month and decide if you would like a 6, 12, 13, or 14-month planner.
- Add on options - Several add on sections are available besides the included homeschool section. The size and length of the planner determine how many pages you can add on. Example: A 12 month 7" X 9" can have an additional 70 pages added into the planner.
- Add extras - Stickers and vinyl page protectors can be added without counting towards your additional page count.
What planner do I use?
My Plum Paper Homeschool Planner is a 12 month 8.5" X 11" planner with extra dot grid note pages coiled in as a new section. I chose the Cheetah Animal Print cover with the year and our homeschool name added to the bottom. Isn't it gorgeous? The Middle Girl gave her input and decided the accent color needed to be blue. I think she did well!
Plum Paper Planner Cover
Plum Paper covers are two parts. The first part is a clear plastic outside cover. The second part is a decorative inner. As noted earlier, there are multiple designs to choose from, and there are several customization options. Choose overall print, accent colors, fonts, and more!
The outer plastic cover is flexible and durable. It has held up well. There are some minor scratches to the plastic, but nothing major. My homeschool planner lives on my desk but gets moved around from area to area throughout the day. It is well used! If I were carrying my planner while out and about, I would want a planner cover.
The inside cover is a slick, tear and water-resistant material that feels like coated cardstock. It is flexible but thick enough to be sturdy and not easily creased. The color is vibrant and beautiful. The computer screen did not do this cover justice!
Annual Homeschool Plans
When you open the planner, you'll see the backside of the inner cover page and a page to record your details.
The next 2 spreads are year-at-a-glance calendars for the current year and the next year. These calendars are great for future planning!
Following the year-at-a-glance spreads comes the Special Dates pages. These 12 lined boxes are for the months beginning with January and ending with December. Turn the page and you have the same spread minus the months. The Ideas, Plans, Goals pages are an additional 12 boxes for you to plug in things to help your year run smoothly.
The Monthly Layout
After your annual overview pages, the planner goes straight into the monthly spreads. A colorful tabbed cardstock divider separates the planner into months. Opposite the divider is a notes page for the previous month. They use the color of the divider throughout the month as an accent color. It isn't intrusive at all.
The tabbed page does not open directly to the monthly calendar. When you flip to the tab, there is a monthly highlight dashboard and a lined note page. The highlight page has 3 circles for goals, a section for birthdays, events, things to remember, and two blank sections.
Turn the page to the monthly calendar. The monthly calendar is a two-page spread. The week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday and U.S. holidays are pre-printed. The layout is minimal; the boxes are enormous, and there is ample room to write. The right-hand margin has a lined section and a small calendar for the next month.
The Weekly Layout
This is where the Plum Paper Homeschool Planner really distinguishes itself. The ability to choose your layout and customize the sections makes this planner unique. No using washi to cover things you don't need. No using stickers to add sections you do. It comes printed and ready to use!
I chose the "Teacher 1 Homeschool" option. My weekdays are horizontal, and my subjects are vertical. The layout includes a monthly calendar, a dotted list section, and a single box. I have a small weekend section because we do not "school" on the weekends. We devote the weekends to dance and family time.
I customized my weekly spread by having our subjects printed. I included: Morning Time, History & Science, Math, Reading, Language, Writing, and Other. Our group subjects are in one box since there is no need to write individual assignments. The Other section allows me to add in things that don't happen every single day of every single week.
I also customized the box to use as a This Week highlight. Read aloud books, must do's, and "remember this" are all ways this box can be utilized. After the box is a checklist. I chose to not customize the heading for this section so I can use it for notes, to do's, or anything else I want to jot in that space.
The weekly spread begins with the week that includes the 1st of the month. It ends in the week with the last of the month. Your months will have a doubling up of spreads, so pick which one you prefer to plan in for your first and last weeks, or, use both.
The tabbed Homeschool section begins after the last weekly spread. This section makes the homeschool planner different from the other Plum Paper Teacher Planners.
The Homeschool section includes an annual goals page. This Year's Goals page includes a section for you to write your child's goals and your goals. I do not think this page would work for multiple children, but you can easily recreate it on another page.
Following the goals page comes a Year At A Glance Spread. They created this spread as an academic July through June year and includes a section for other notable dates. There is ample space to record events for multiple kids.
A Classroom Resources spread is next. This is a great section to use for curriculum purchase planning. This spread has enough room to work for multiple children, so you most likely will not have to have another one of these spreads.
Flip the page and you'll find the Homeschool Supplies spread. Note those special items you would like to purchase. You could also record when you run out of something as a reminder to purchase when you do some shopping for your homeschool. I would have loved more of these pages!
Following on is an Attendance Record based on a July through June academic calendar. Set term dates, make notes, and record total days present. Again, this spread is workable for multiple children. Check marks for each child in unique colors is one way to make it work. Another would be to mark the day when there is a variation in attendance and write a note about the "absence".
There are three Reading Log pages. If I could have added more of just these pages, I would have. There can never be too many reading log pages! Date, book title, author, and length of time spent reading are all recordable in the log.
Track Extra Curricular Activities on the one page devoted to them. Use it to help budget and keep tabs of who is doing what and when. Unless you have extremely busy children, this list will help you manage all of your children’s activities.
No homeschool planner is complete without a Grading Log. You get six pages for grade input in the Plum Paper Homeschool Planner. If you don't record grades, adapt these pages to suit your needs.
Rounding out the Homeschool section is a Field Trip Log. Plan out those special trips you would like to take your kids on. In a homeschool co-op? Plan group trips in this section! There is space to record the information for 16 trips.
The last page is for Next Year's Goals. Review the current school year and brainstorm improvements for next year. Write things you would like to do and curricula you would like to try.
Following the Homeschool Section is a tabbed section of checklists. There are 20 pages of checklists. Each page has 38 rows and 18 columns. Use these pages to meet your needs. Habit trackers, memory work, and recurring tasks are all options for these pages.
The last section of my Plum Paper Homeschool Planner is 83 dotted note pages. I had 40 add on pages available and I used all of them in the tabbed Notes section. I love these pages because they are so versatile. I can turn them into anything I need. More reading log pages? Check! Journal pages? Check!
Plum Paper Homeschool Planner Extras
At the end of the final section, there are a few additional pages.
- Password Tracker - Keep up with educational websites and login details for yourself or your kids.
- My Contacts - 2 pages for recording 28 contacts. Space for name, phone number, email address, and physical address.
- US Holidays - A page of major US holidays and important dates.
- Year-At-A-Glance - A 2 year in the future year-at-a-glance calendar.
- Stickers - They include 2 sheets of educational stickers. The stickers are a mix of functional and decorative. Who doesn’t love stickers?!
- Pocket Folder - They have coiled in a two-sided folder to hold loose pieces of paper, stickers, or notes.
- Vinyl Page Protector - A heavy-duty vinyl page protector rounds out the Plum Paper Homeschool planner.
Whether you are new to homeschooling or a seasoned homeschooler, the Plum Paper Homeschool Planner can help you keep your homeschool on track! If you are interested in $10 off your first purchase with a new account, send me a message and I will email it to you!