There were three things that I did again this year. Now this year I bought the 2015-2016 planner new from the EC website. So I had both of the pages at the beginning the About this School Year page, and the Hints for the Substitute page. I couldn't think of a use for both, but I repurposed one to be our school cover page. I also again redid the birthday page to turn it into a field trip log. Another thing I love about this planner is all the Absentee pages. Now, I don't need to track attendance for a class, but they make a perfect set of book logs, which I do need both in PA and now in Florida. There are several pages of graph paper after this section, some of which I also labeled in the same way this year, so that I would have plenty of book logs.
This year I used the last two graph pages for some information I might need to readily access. On one side I entered all the color codes and abbreviations that I use. This way, if anyone ever needs to take over for me during the school year, all the information is there together. Last year, when we came to Florida for a week to house hunt, Memaw continued school with the kids for me, and this would have made it easier. I've also gone over everything with Gary so that he can help out when I'm sick if I need to. The other side I've put together a contact list. I have our contact at the school board, our evaluator, and a list of useful websites for homeschool in Florida.
One of the things I love about this planner is the planning pages. I had never tried yearly planning before, and obviously much of our year from September on, totally went in the trash, but it was great when we got back on track, and where working a little harder to make up ground, to see what I had planned on and not over scheduling too much. But the real plus for me was to use the note pages to formulate objectives for the year. Objectives were required in PA, and while my write ups for the state weren't very detailed, I thought it was useful to have some personal goals. By the end of our school year we will probably have accomplished about 75% or so of what I had planned, and I was pretty ambitious with last year's goals. I've already worked out the kids academic goals for the next year. But I still have a blank page that I plan to list some life skills that we need to address this year. Like I still haven't made time to sit down and teach our two kids to tie their own shoes. Opps.
Last year I ultimately decided to use the checklist pages primarily for the kids chore charts. They have a list of chores, some weekly and some daily that I check off if they do them. And they get paid a quarter a job at the end of the week. It is a great way for me to keep up with everything. It allows them to take responsibility. And it's a way for us to integrate some money management skills in our schooling. I'm planning to start out Rebecca with her own chores soon, and so I revamped the layout a bit. I went ahead and blocked off Monday through Friday of every week of our school year July-June. There will be some weeks that they are gone, and others that they don't do their jobs, but this way I already have everything roughed out. Toward the end of this year, I have started doing some testing, and wanting to be able to chart their progress that way. So following the chore chart, I used the end of the page to chart the remaining Alpha test that Ruth will complete into next school year, and then under it the math test through the lesson I'm projecting us to finish in the new Beta book. On the following page I've already listed the spelling test. At two a week, we should have at least that many. I still have a number of pages after that incase there is anything else I feel the need to add or chart to follow.
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