Monday, September 21, 2009

Disorganized? Take a Look at This!

I'm a creative type.

I can have fifteen important things to do today, and still "waste" half the morning thinking about a cool new project I want to try. I absolutely love the learning process with my children--choosing quality books and activities, watching them get excited as their minds grow and their world expands. However, when it comes to tracking progress and record keeping, I need a little help. Thanks to FlyLady, my home is becoming less chaotic and more orderly everyday. I'm even finally using a control journal!

That being said, I was in need of a few pages to help me with my homeschool. Other than a basic attendance record, I felt at a loss. I knew what I wanted--sort of--but being a SHE (that is, Struggling Home Executive, for those who don't speak flybaby), I didn't really know how to make it on my own. Then today, low and behold, I found it on the Homeschool Classifieds website. A free resource for creating your own homeschool planner. If you're organizationally challenged (like me) you really need to check it out! PLANNER FORM

It has several different pages. The one I was most interested in allows you to keep track of assignments and activities for each subject for every day of the week. You simply input your subjects, and it creates a table for you. You can print out as many as you want, or if you want to be less wasteful, you can slip the page inside a page protector. Then, you can write on it with a dry erase marker and reuse it each week. The other forms on the page include a yearly and monthly calendar, and a Bible reading record.

To all my Born Organized friends out there, yes, I could probably have come up with all this stuff by myself using Word or Excel. However, this saved me a lot of time and a lot of brainpower. Now, I have a little more free time to have fun with my kids.

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I'm a Stay-at-Home, Christian, "crunchy" mama. I have been blessed with the calling to be a godly wife and mother. I am passionate about bringing up my children in the discipline and instruction of the LORD, through home education and discipleship. Helpmeet to my best friend and soulmate, Christopher since 1/29/2000, and mama to four little blessings, including a tiny, precious, newborn baby girl.

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