How to add more Focus to your Homeschool

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As the new year approaches, the week between Christmas and the New Year is a great opportunity to reflect on the first half of the school year.  I ask myself three things.   What were our strengths, struggles, and stupidity?  Or, in simple terms, what can I improve upon in our homeschooling day?  Once I determine what those improvements are, its time to start adding an action to our plan for a successful homeschool day.

For example, I noticed the kids were skipping experiments in our Science textbook.  Their weekly assignment required reading 3 pages in the Science book. If an experiment was part of their reading, they were told to get out the science kit and we'd do it together.  Well, my kids started skipping over the experiment sections and just reading the content. Obviously, I was not double checking their work and missed it as well.  So, to fix this, we're now going to add experiments once a week to ensure it isn't forgotten.

Do you have any subjects or tasks that get missed?  What are the gaps in your homeschool day?

As I continue reflecting on our past homeschool year, I also look for ways to make my life easier.  One tool I found is the Teacher and Student Focused Planner created by a fellow homeschool mom, Stephanie from Multi-Taskin Mom.  I'll tell you why it's perfect if you're looking for an economic and perpetual way to plan out your homeschool year!!!

Here are 5 reasons why:

  1.  It's simple, yet effective.   It keeps you FOCUSed on the most important parts of planning.
  2. The colors are in grayscale, so you're not distracted by fancy flowers, fairies, or fictional characters.
  3. The planners are digital and printable, which means I can print it all, or print what works best for me.
  4. It comes in three different formats...weekly, monthly or quarterly.  I can use only what I need.
  5. And, best of all, it's affordable.  You can't go wrong with the cost of a fast-food meal.  Skip the fast food and eat at home for just one day!

Speaking of affordable...now is the time to buy!  You can get almost 50% if you buy it starting today until January 12th!  You can get the Student or Teacher Planner for $5.99, or as a bundle for $10.99.  Now that a deal!

Click here to get the Homeschool Bundle!

Here are more details if you are not convinced yet.

Teacher Planner

The Teacher Planner includes the following types of plans:

Monthly Planning: There are 3 different options for the monthly planning pages.

Weekly Planning: There are 3 options for the weekly planning. Each has an option for lined or unlined pages. Mix or match to create the perfect planning layout for your homeschooling style.

Quarterly Focus Pages: These are designed to help you keep up with goals and tasks based on the quarters of the school year.

Unity Study Pages: Plan your own unit study or track the progress of one that you have purchased with these pages. It makes it so much easier.

Oh, and I almost forgot, the Teacher Planner also contains a High School Outline and Plan.  How awesome is that?!!!

High School Plans: Now keeping up with the high school year has focus. There is a breakdown page to track the curriculum you use and the credits you gain from them. There is tracking for the entire 4-year plan, and more! Plus it is all in one place. No more piecing them together.

Did you know there are extras in this planner?  Here they are!

  • Lesson mapping – for planning out how many lessons you should complete a day of the school year.
  • Spelling Lists – for you to write out each weeks list for reference.
  • Book Lists
  • Curriculum Wish List
  • Website and Password Log
  • Attendance Log with 2 date layouts and a blank date layout.
  • Field Trip Planner
  • Field Trip Log

Real Life Scenario

So, let's take an example of how I used the Teacher Planner in my scenario above.

Student:  Nate

Month: January

Focus for the Month:  Add more science experiments

Start of the Month Assessment: Confirm kit materials are available and an experiment is completed by end of the week.

Where We Want to Be at the End of the Month:  Consistently performing weekly experiments

Game Plan: Assess experiment completion each week and confirm science kits are utilized correctly.

This is just ONE section of the Teacher planner but I wanted you to see how this gets you brainstorming on what the issue is, how to solve it and how to maintain consistency.

Student Planner

Just like the Teacher’s planner, the first, and the most important section of this planner is the Student Focus Page.

Using this page each month helps your student see just where their focus should be for the month. It allows them to see the growth that is taking place and help identify any weaknesses.

Monthly Planning: There are 3 different options for the monthly planning pages.

Weekly Planning: There are 4 options for the weekly planning. Each has an option for lined or unlined pages. Mix or match to create the perfect planning layout for your homeschooling style.

Quarterly Focus Pages: These are designed to help you keep up with goals and tasks based on the quarters of the school year.

Extras: These pages are optional pages that your student may want to use throughout the year to track other important aspects of their homeschool journey.

  • Book List
  • Website and Password Log

Do you see now why this is such a great planner?

If you order during this short promotional period, a free bonus of Quotes and Dividers is included!  However, you can only get this bonus until January 12th so hurry before it ends!

It's a perfect way to start planning for 2018!  Are you ready?  Let's do it!  I am SO excited about the possibilities in 2018!

Click here to get the Homeschool Bundle!

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