It is the season for lesson planning and getting ready for the next school year. I have finally finalized on our curriculum choices for the year and now I’m setting up my homeschool bullet journal/ planner. I personally prefer the bullet journal style of planning our studies. Bullet journaling is the best way for me to achieve my own customizable planner that best fits my needs. I also generally like to keep thing simple and minimal. I do love the way people get all creative and artistic with their bullet journals but I personally don’t have the energy nor time to get super fancy.
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Since I like to keep things simple, the supplies I use are pretty minimal. These are the supplies I use for my bullet journal:
- Northbooks – Northbook notebooks have so far been my favorite notebooks for bullet journaling. The 5×8 size is what I am using this year and fits perfectly in my Carpe Diem travelers notebook.
- G2 5.0 pens
- Washi tape
- binder clips or paper clips
- Tombow pens – I just started using these and so far loving them
Here is a peek inside my homeschool bullet journal for 2019-2020:
Index – this is where I keep track of everything in my bullet journal. I have been lazy and not consistent in indexing things which results have resulted in my planner not being the most helpful. I have learned (the hard way) that being consistent in the index is vital in having a bullet journal work for me.
Year at a glance – I like being able to see a traditional looking calendar so I have a page that serves literally as a year at a glance in a standard calendar view. I am still debating on whether or not to have each term highlighted. I like to sometimes see a breakdown of how our year is supposed to go. We’ll see if I do or not.
Future log – this is where I jot down any future holidays, field trips, or other events. I also put some of the liturgical things like advent, lent, feast days, holy days, etc here.
Outlines – The next couple of pages feature each kid’s curriculum choices which are outlined along with the term goals for all their books.
Co-op – My kids are going to be part of a homeschool co-op this year. I have a page that I have listed the subjects they will be participating in, when/ where, and any other important info regarding co-op.
Along the Alphabet Path – I have an outline of our Along the Alphabet Path study.
Morning Basket/ Tea Time – I love the idea of a morning basket and plan on implementing one in our homeschool this year. My plan is to not do it in the morning but to instead do our morning basket stuff during tea time in the afternoon. This page is the general loop routine of our morning basket.
Website – Any educational websites (ex: Math U See and Typing.com) we may use along with their login information will be listed here.
Homeschool Routine – This is how my ideal daily/ homeschool routine would look like. We are definitely night owls and not morning people. This is definitely something I am trying to work on. I expect this to change which is why this whole page is in pencil. I have the quote…
“Jesus: ‘My child, life on earth is a struggle indeed; a great struggle for my kingdom. But fear not, because you are not alone. I am always supporting you, so lean on Me as you struggle, fearing nothing. Take the vessel of trust and draw from the fountain of life – for yourself, but also for other souls, especially such as are distrustful of My goodness.’”
–The Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (No. 1488)
…here as well because I feel it is very inspiring and a great reminder I need throughout my daily life.
Student page – each kid also has their own student page that has the date for the first day of school, how big they are in the beginning and end for that year, what their goals are. This is more for keepsake purposes.
Month – the monthly spreads will change often throughout the year. To start off with July has a traditional calendar and my tasks list only. August has a section for things to do, important dates, goals, achievements/ failures, and next month. I really wanted to make sure I jot down achievements and failures for each month so that way I can look back and see that there are always positives.
Here are a couple of pages from last year’s homeschool bullet journal. I will most likely use a similar set up for my weekly spread and monthly spread.
To be totally honest, I wasn’t the most consistent in using my homeschool bullet journal last year. I was not organized in any way with this past year and it totally reflected in how our homeschool year turned out. However, I feel really good about where I am now and way more prepared for this coming year. I am happy with how I have set up my new homeschool bullet journal and am hopeful it will be a useful tool in keeping me on track. I will be posting on Instagram and Facebook my homeschool bullet journal pages (and other ones too) if you want to see any future layouts.
Check out my past homeschool planners here:
4×6 printable available to download
Do you have a homeschool bullet journal or are you a traditional planner type of gal? Comment below with your favorite lesson planner!