This Planner Created By Moms for Moms Will Help Set Your Best Homeschool Routine Yet
I’m coming into my second year of “official” homeschooling. We have a list for our back to school supplies and I have a fairly good idea of what our homeschool routine looks like. I’m no expert by any means but I feel better equipped for at home schooling than I did last year. Having a solid plan and being prepared for whatever may come your way is an important part of choosing home education.
ShillerLearning’s FREE Montessori Homeschool Printable Planner
Our kids are quick, if we’re not prepared they’ll know it. The team here at ShillerLearning decided to put together our dream planner. We hope it will help you in preparing for a new school year, or launching into your first year of home education. It is full of useful pages to help you get set up for success. It’s included below in the free printable pack. You’ll also find handy information on Practical Life and Sensorial works, self-care ideas, and a plan for a mini-getaway to prepare yourself for the coming year.
In this planner you will find:
- A beautiful cover page with a Maria Montessori quote
- Weekly menu planning page
- Space for you to set monthly goals- personal or school related
- Your weekly goals- use this for schooling, personal, work, spiritual, etc.
- Reading log to track all you read this year (link to mother culture blog), plus a book list of some of our favorite books
- Weekly spreads- we have two layouts for this one.
One is our student planner to help you plan the schedule for your student(s), this is set up with the most common Montessori subjects along the top and days of the week down the side. We’ve provided you with a couple blank spaces to add in additional subjects.
One is a planner for you. The spaces along the top are blank. Your possibilities are endless on this one. Use it for keeping track of chores, kids activities, work schedules, extracurriculars, co-ops, etc. Or use it in place of the student planner by listing your students names along the top and planning for your school year within these pages
- Field-trip plans sheet
- Habit tracker
- Highlight of the week- including a spot to glue a photograph or draw a picture of something you loved from the week
- Quote page- to collect your favorite inspirational quotes, verses, and other encouragements
"The child should love everything he learns. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear. Once this love has been kindled, all problems confronting the educationalist will disappear." - Maria Montessori
The weekly spreads you might want to laminate to use with dry-erase markers. Or perhaps print as many copies as you plan to have weeks of school. Then get them bound at the local office supply store, or put them into your favorite discbound or 3-ring binder. Last, give yourself time and space to go get your planning done.
A current trend among at home schooling parents is to go for a kid-free night away at a motel to plan the upcoming school year. If you can’t swing that, head to your favorite coffee shop for a bit or even work at the library while the kids are in a class. Find some time you can sit down with all your materials to schedule and think about your homeschool routine for the year.
Planning ShillerLearning’s Materials
All of our Montessori lessons are open and go. There is no prep-work required on your end beyond making sure the proper materials are available. Each child has their own pace and we don’t designate a set schedule. In the front of each ShillerLearning lesson book, you’ll find helpful tips for working through the book with your student. In our math books, for example, we suggest 15 minutes per day for 4-year-olds, adding 5 more minutes per day for year of age.
How you choose to schedule our lessons is totally up to you. Students may want to repeat a lesson to gain competency and closure. We do suggest flexibility in your scheduling. Occasionally children will want to repeat the same lesson many times. In most cases, it will take one school year to get through each book. Make sure to also schedule in time to allow your student to create practice problems and use the flashcards.
Remember, sometimes a child is not ready for covering a certain subject or topic. If you find your student is really struggling with something, that’s ok. Pencil it in for a later date and skip onto the next concept. Use these planner pages to jot down notes and reflections as you work through the materials.
Set-up Your Homeschool Space After You’re All Planned
Now that you have your school year planned, get that classroom set up. Check out this video to see Aurie’s room tour with school supply list:
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Amanda is a former Montessori teacher who is now homeschooling her only child, a seven-year-old boy. Her family resides in an Airstream that is parked in Colorado. She loves Colorado’s outdoor opportunities. When she’s not schooling, she also blogs at TreehouseDaily.com, works as a Virtual Assistant and loves reading and creating hand-lettering pieces.