Homeschool Planners That Work for You

***Seeing as we are in a busy season right now, I am inviting some guest posters to share with you! Some are personal friends and gifted writers brimming with encouraging inspirations to share. Others are fellow bloggers and writers I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. Today, I am kicking things off with Joanna Wilkins. She owns a cleaning agency called Top London Cleaners. She not only knows a lot about cleaning, but also organizing. Today she is sharing about ways to wrangle much of the paper clutter that comes along with homeschooling!

As someone with a small house, limited storage, no office, and future plans to homeschool, I am nervous about staying on top of the paper clutter. If there is one area of organization that tries my patience the most, it is paper clutter. So I am excited to check out what Joanna has to share. 🙂

Homeschooling can be a challenging venture. It’s a journey on which you should take all of your patience and self-organizing skills with you. You have to keep yourself in check and remain on track with your daily schedule by clearing anything not urgent. Set realistic goals for yourself and don’t get discouraged when plans don’t go as expected. After all, a smooth sea never made a skillful sailor. And every obstacle you meet on your way is only going to make you better. So how can you stay organized with your day?

According to N7 Top London Cleaning, the best way you can achieve this is by making a good use of one of the many homeschooling organizers you can find in digital or paper format. On the trial and error method you will find the organizational style which works best for you. On one hand, a digital format planner gives you the ease of a paperless classifying of documents. Plus, you’ll be able to access it from any device you have via synchronization and cloud services. You will no longer have a problem cleaning the sheets of paper which find their way everywhere. On the other hand, when you have to make some quick corrections, nothing beats a physical planner.

Most homeschooling planners include a weekly schedule section, in which you write the classes you are planning during the week in the most visually pleasing way possible. Many also have specially designated tables for keeping track of all assignments planned and received, as well as a place to note the time spent completing each one of them and the grade received. This makes it easy to have everything in one place and accessible. A big calendar with blank windows allows you to jot down any important events happening that day and assignments that need to be done. It will help you stay on top of everything important and not miss a thing.
With homeschooling comes the notion that you have the opportunity to closely observe your children’s progress and make sure you cover every subject thoroughly and in depth. You know exactly what they find hard to comprehend and you can focus on their understanding of the subject. But to do so, you need to keep records and look over assignments. This can lead to piles of paperwork.

If you choose the paper format of planning, make sure you do your best to file your materials properly. Color-coding is your best ally when it comes to keeping track. Dedicate different colors to the different subjects your children study – red for history, green for math, yellow for literature, etc. Use highlighters, folders, adhesive labels and pencils. Mark the current page you’re on, collect all assignments and additional works in the corresponding folder. Highlighting will help you easily locate the important facts in a text.

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Cleaning will also be much easier if you keep all papers well-organized. Even though you tidy things up, the teaching process itself creates a new level of chaos. Your workspace should be as clutter-free as possible, so that the work process can go smoothly. Good luck and don’t forget that teachers of all kinds open minds and touch hearts – go make a difference today!
~Joanna from Top London Cleaners