Step 3: Homeschool Plan Book

Step One: Scope and Sequence
Step Two: Yearly Course of Study
Step Three: Make a Homeschool Plan Book
Step Four: Make a Master Plan Book
Step Five: Make a Portfolio
Step Six: Make Lesson Plans

Under South Carolina homeschool law, you must teach for at least one hundred eighty days, the curriculum must include Math, Science, Social Studies, Composition and Literature, and you must keep a plan book, a portfolio of samples of the student’s academic work, and a semi-annual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student’s academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas.

This is my favorite part! I have been wanting a discbound notebook forever. I am an office supply junkie, always have been. Martha Stewart has added a discbound notebook to her line at Staples, and when I found some coupons online, I knew it was mean to be! I bought one of the leather notebooks for my new personal planner, and bought a poly covered one for my lesson planner. Here she is:

I made five tabs for my notebook: calendar, weekly, grades, courses, and logs. On the top, for quick access, I put three sticky tabs marking attendance, this month, and this week…

As I have mentioned before, I use a lot of Donna Young’s printables. When you are planning school, you should plan 180 days of school, which translates to 36 weeks. In reality, the school year from start to finish, including holidays, is 42 weeks. I have one son in public school, and I homeschool the other. My homeschool life will still follow along with public school holidays. To keep things simpler for me, I adapted a 36 week planner to 42 weeks. I labeled each week by date, added the public school holidays, and made sure I had 180 teaching days. I ended up with a two page grid, one for each semester. I used the same basic form for attendance, grades, lesson plans and activity logs. It helps to keep consistency in your forms when you are referencing back and forth! I took the Donna Young Garamond Semester Planner, got rid of the grades sections, and added weeks at the bottom of the page. I renumbered the weeks, added a date column, and put the days of the week at the top. That is my basic form.
When you first open my notebook, you come to Course of Study.

20130809-102555.jpg . Here I have copies of my Step One, Scope and Sequence facing Step Two, Yearly Course of Study.

After that, I have inserted a copy of South Carolina homeschool law.

The next section is Calendar.

The first thing you come to is attendance, which I have quick tabbed at the top of my planner. This is the same form I adapted from Donna Young.

Then I have a copy of the public school calendar facing a Donna Young school calendar.

Then I have printed out back to back Donna Young’s block calendar.

My next section is Weekly Lesson Plans.

I just made a simple chart in Pages on my iPad, listing our subjects down the side, and the days of the week on the top. This is where I write down our weekly plan.

The next section is Grades.

This is that same form I adapted, printed out back to back, one set for each class.

Next section is Course Plans.

Same form, one for each class, printed out back to back.

Here in our Spanish section is the lesson plan I printed out for Rosetta Stone. I will copy it into my plan as we go.

I also have a copy of our Bible reading plan.

The last section is Activity Logs.

The first log I have is for sports. Cooper plays travel baseball and basketball, so I record his practices and activities for PE credit.

Again Donna Young’s Garamond planner has lots of these to print out.


So that’s it! Come on, school! I am ready!
I think I deserve a Dirty, Muddy Diet Coke now!


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