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 like to keep things simple and minimal. I do love the way people get all creative and artistic with their bullet journals, but I personally do not 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.
This is how my ideal daily/ homeschool routine would look like. We are definitely night owls, not morning people. This is something I am trying to work on. I have come to the conclusion that if I want to get anything done, I need to wake up earlier. This page is likely to change which is why this whole page is written in pencil.
Each kid also has their own student page. There is a spot to put the date of our first day of school, how big they are in the beginning and end of the year, and what their goals are for the school year. This is more for keepsake purposes.
Monthly spreads will change often throughout the year. 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 our achievements and failures for each month. 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.
Check out my other homeschool planners post:
- Homeschool Bullet Journal 2020-2021
- Homeschool BuJo for 2017-2018
- 2016 – 2017 Homeschool Bullet Journal
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!