My Homeschool Planning Notebook

by Jimmie Lanley on March 15, 2010

When I shared about how to organize notebooking pages, Mary commented, “I struggle with keeping a ‘planning book.’  What does yours look  like and contain?  Currently I use a regular teacher planner, but it is not ideal. I’d love to know how you do it.”

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I’ve got all kinds of things in there. Here’s a list:
planning clipboard

  • blank weekly planning sheets (I write my plan on these each weekend.)
  • book lists for my various curricula
  • teacher guides for various curricula where applicable (for example Noeo, or Winter Promise)
  • one page yearly calendars (from when Sprite started K until 2013)
  • math curriculum focal points
  • Write from History 6 Year Writing Plan
  • timeline figures, printed out
  • table of contents for various notebooking pages sets
  • two math articles that I like to reread periodically (A Generous Education in Mathematics by Alice Horrocks — join this group to access it; A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart)
  • list of public domain books at
  • my own year long plans for things like artist study, composer study, and hymn study
  • questions to ask Sprite to get feedback on our homeschool

It’s a hodgepodge of resources that I turn to often. The weekly plan pages go on a clipboard to use all week. Behind the page I add in any other materials we’ll be using that week. I don’t work/teach/learn from my planning notebook. I only plan from it or reference it. So during homeschool time, I rarely take it out.

Do you have a notebook like this? What do you keep in yours?

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