A planner is an essential tool for the homeschool mom. You can use a printable planner to organize not just school, but our whole lives. There are many different homeschool planning tools out there, so let’s check out some of the best planners for homeschool moms.
Homeschool Planner Options to Consider
Homeschool moms can get very excited about their planning the new homeschool year. A shiny new planner means a fresh start and change for a new school year.
There are so many paper planners out there marketed toward homeschool moms. It’s hard to know what to pick. You will need to decide the main jobs that you want your planner to do for you and then find a planner system that does those things. For example, is record keeping your main goal, or staying organized – or both?
Remember, not every perfect planner will be perfect for you. It’s kind of like shopping for homeschool curriculum. You have to know what you’re looking for and make the best choice for your style. Most times there is never a one size fits all when it comes to planners.
Best Planners for Homeschool Moms
There’s really not a one-size-fits-all option. What is best for one mom, may not be best for others, but there are some great free printable homeschool planners out there. Maybe you will find just the solution that you are looking for.
If you’re looking for a great option as you think about organizing for a new year, then check out these planners for homeschool moms. Remember, the best planner could even be a combination of styles.
Many homeschool moms love The Happy Planner, which is a customizable planner system that you can move around and change according to your needs. There are loads of add-ons available for this planner system, so you’re able to build exactly what you need for your homeschool day.
The Well Planned Gal carries some favorite planners for moms that are beautiful and functional. There are spaces to keep track of multiple children, attendance records, and there are encouraging quotes and helps along the way. They also have different sizes for moms on the go, and desk and wall calendars.
The Ultimate Homeschool Planner from Apologia gives moms a place to set long-term goals for their homeschool along with academic and character goals for each child.
They also offer The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens. It will help them track high school credits along with making monthly and weekly plans and tracking field trips.
The Happy Homemaker Family Life Planner – This is a subscriber only freebie that has 89 pages of of organizational helps. You can customize them to fit the needs of your entire family and your homeschool and homemaking all in one place.
Homeschool Mom Binders
Sometimes it works best to create your own basic planner so that you can include exactly what you need, and nothing more. Many moms like the freedom to customize and DIY their very own binders.
A homeschool binder is an amazing tool for busy moms. You can store all your important homeschool papers, meal plans and shopping lists in one big binder. I like to keep mine in the kitchen as we do most of our schooling in the dining room.
Find out exactly what should go into a homeschool mom binder and how to organize it all in this article: How to Build Your Homeschool Binder + FREE Cheat Sheets & Dividers.
These Free Homeschool Planners and Binder Printables will help to get you started on creating your own master homeschool binder.
Mom’s Master Homeschool Binder – These free printable covers are perfect to customize your own binder. There are subject pages and dividers. They are all beautiful adult coloring pages to help you relax while you are planning your year.
Homeschool Mom Planning and Binder – Take an in depth look at a homeschool mom binder from a mom of many. There are lots of examples and details on how to put it together.
Homeschool Bullet Journals for Moms
Personally, I think that bullet journals are the ultimate homeschool planner solution because they are by nature entirely customizable. However, they do require some set-up and understanding of how the system works.
Learning the Bullet Journal System is your first step, and then you can plan for everything from homeschooling to homemaking to working on the side with one single planner.
Learn how to use a bullet journal as your homeschool planner by getting supplies in hand, then creating an index page that will work for you, and finally setting goals.
10 Reasons Why Homeschool Moms Need a Bullet Journal – If you aren’t convinced why you need this type of planner you will be after reading this article!
DIY Bullet Journals
Buying a blank journal isn’t too expensive. So, if money is an issue, then consider creating a bullet journal from one of these affordable options rather than purchasing a done-for-you option:
- I like this cute Hardcover Dotted Notebook with Vintage Owl Cover
- If you like your DIY bullet journal to include accessories, check out the Dotted Journal Kit with Tons of Accessories
Make sure you grab some Free bullet journal templates for home educators if you’re thinking of creating your own bullet journal in a 3-ring binder.
Digital Planners for Homeschool Moms
Some of you love digital organization. The benefit to going digital is that you can use your digital planner to keep your kids’ portfolios and also keep track of all your digital homeschool resources. You also don’t need to lug a giant planner around everywhere you go.
A digital planner can make meal planning a breeze because you can link to pins and recipes that you want to try. You can keep your whole life organized at the end of your fingertips.
If you’ve tried paper planners in the past and they just didn’t work for you, then consider switching over to a digital version this year and see how it goes. It might be just the solution you’ve been needing. You are going to love The Organized Homeschooler’s Digital Planner.
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Productivity Tips for Moms
If you want to increase your productivity this year, then check out these related posts and resources. They are chock full of different ideas, printables, resources and encouragement.
Productivity Hacks for Homeschool Moms – These hacks will help you when you overwhelmed. It will give you the do’s and dont’s of being productive and where to start first.
Organizing Your Homeschool with Lisa Woodruff of Organize365 – Listen in on this interview with a professional organizer who offers tips and suggestions specifically for homeschool families.
Productivity for Homeschool Moms – You will find a ton of helpful resources on goal setting, productivity tips, challenges, encouragement and more.
Printable To-Do Lists for Supercharged Productivity – these printable to do lists are perfect to add to a binder, or a clipboard. They will help you keep on track while you are running a busy home.
Productivity Tools for Moms – Learn about using Trello in your homeschool, organizing your time, encouraging podcasts, books and more.
You might want to check out this related post: How to Make a Homeschool Schedule, which includes free scheduling sheets.
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.