homeschool bullet journal

I have been using a bullet journal (bujo) as a homeschool planner for the past few years now. The beauty of using a bujo versus a traditional planner is that I am free to change whatever I want as needed. The way I have planned out my bujo is always changing each year. Even throughout the year!

A big change in this year’s homeschool bullet journal is I am no longer going to plan ahead our lessons I want to do for the week/ year but only track what we have done aka reverse planning.

I am going to show you inside my 2020-2021 homeschool bullet journal along with how it compares to last year’s.

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My go-to materials:

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Like I said early on, I have been using a bujo as a homeschool planner for a few years now. I also have a bujo for my normal daily life stuff non-homeschool related and I even had one to organize and schedule my blog/business stuff. Needless to say, I am a bit of a bullet journal junkie. Here are my favorite go-to products for bullet journaling.

    • Dot grid notebook– my favorite are Northbook notebooks. I started this year’s homeschool bujo using an A5 Northbook notebook but one of my children ended up scribbling all on and in it. For instant gratification, I ended up buying an XL Moleskin at my local Target which I now totally regret not just waiting to order another Northbook.
    • Pens– I love gel pens, specifically Pilot G2 5.0 pens. I recently just picked up some colored gel pens from Lidl that seem pretty nice.
    • HighlightersMidliner highlighters are a new favorite of mine. I find having a variety of colored highlighters are very convenient to have on hand for homeschool purposes as a whole.
    • Washi tape – My bujos are not that elaborate so washi tape is an easy quick way for me to jazz up my bullet journal and I love using these to mark certain pages.
    • Bullet Journal stencil ruler– I actually didn’t think I would love one of these as much as I do but this makes setting up different layouts in my bullet journal so much easier. This is one I have.

Setup

After I have figured out all the curriculum/ book choices I will use for the year, I sat down to have a deep conversation with myself about what do I think will truly help me stay on track with our studies, how can feel more at peace within our school year, and what did/didn’t work in my previous homeschool bullet journal.

Going through this process helps me figure out how I want to approach the new school year’s homeschool bullet journal.

I can’t tell you how many times I open a brand new blank bujo and just stare at it for what feels like a few hours/ days just thinking of how to set it up. What do I want to add, how do I want the layout, what types of lists/ collections do I want?! For those of you who might be starting a homeschool bullet journal soon, I have made a free list of a ton of homeschool bullet journal prompts you could add in hopes to save you from countless hours of having to search Pinterest.

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Here is a peek in last year’s homeschool bujo.

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In the very beginning of all my bujos: an Index, Year at a Glance, and Future Log

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I included a Morning Basket page that I never actually looked at. The Websites and Password Log did come in handy though.

I had a list of all my curriculum/ book choices for each child which I ended up never really looking at and didn’t seem relevant since we dropped/switched a lot throughout the year. I also a page where I had loosely planned out our Along the Alphabet Path studies which was a nice reference for me.

I had also made master checklists for some of our books like First Language Lessons and Math U See. These types of checklists are helpful for keeping track of where you are.

Something new I tried last year was to have an All About so-in-so page for each kid. The goal was to write down the year’s goal, the child’s favorite memory of the school year, age/height/weight in the beginning and end off the year. I never did this either. In theory, this sounds like a really sweet idea but this mommy got lazy.

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Then there were the monthly pages that typically had a to-do list, goals for that month, important dates, and notes. I tried to discipline myself to also track each month’s achievements and failures but once again was never consistent. My monthly pages changed often throughout the year but not too much.

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My weekly pages were always set up in more of checklist-style versus a traditional weekly setup. Pros were I do better with checklists. Cons were I would easily lose track of where we were in each subject/ book. The bottom line was my weekly setups were sort of a love/hate thing for me. This goes back to the beauty of bullet journaling my homeschool planner. I was able to change up whatever wasn’t working and try new setups.

Since my weekly spreads haven’t been the most beneficial, I decided to give reverse planning a try for this new school year.

RELATED POST: You can also check out my other bullet journal posts HERE.

Here is my 2020-2021 homeschool bujo!

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First is the index, year at a glance, and future log.

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I have a Website info page to keep track of all our educational websites login and password info. This is super helpful especially since I have a couple of kids who will be doing some studies online.

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I like having a simple Rhythm/ Daily Routine. This is not exactly how things are at the moment but this is the goal of how I would like our day to look like. Everything is still in pencil till I figure out exactly how I want this page to look like.

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After the website info and rhythm/ routine page, I decided to not add anything else and go straight to my monthly spread. I figured if I feel the need to add any extra collections then I can do so later at any time.

After the current month’s spread, I start my weekly spreads. I decided to set up my weekly spread like a traditional homeschool planner’s weekly layout but instead of filling it out ahead of time of what to do for the week, I am only jotting down what gets done. Here are a couple of weeks’ examples.

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As you can see, we got a lot more done on some days compared to others. We are still working on getting our routine established and being more consistent. I also had a week recently where my chronic idiopathic urticaria (spontaneous hives) acted up and was unable to get any schoolwork in. Weeks like that I try to at least just do our read alouds which I did not write down.

So far I am really liking this whole reverse planning thing. Writing down what we do has actually been motivating for me. I feel more satisfied with seeing what we have done compared to only checking off a list of what needs to be done. It also is helpful to easily see what we are not getting enough of.

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Although I am not using my homeschool bullet journal to plan things out for the year, I do have a binder that I have setup with the year’s goals, master checklists, and procedures for everything. I don’t look at that every day like I do with my homeschool bullet journal. I will go in more detail about my homeschool teacher binder another time.

Do you use a bullet journal homeschooling? Have you tried reverse homeschool planning?

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