The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty . . . .” Proverbs 21:5a
. . . diligence is man’s precious possession.” Proverbs 12:27b
How to Define Diligence for Your Family
Defining exactly what diligence looks like in the context of forms, reports, and processes is not as easy as defining the concept. The reason for the complexity of defining specific parameters that fall under the planning umbrella of diligent home schooling has to do with the diversity of families who make up the home schooling community. The list below is a compilation of different record keeping tools successfully used by a variety of home schooling families.
Whether you are a new-to-home schooling home schooler or a well-seasoned home schooler, this is a good list to look over and “bookmark” for sharing with other home schoolers in your network. From physical books to downloadable apps, this list crosses not only media barriers but also generational ones. I must admit, even after home schooling for over 13 years, putting this list together has made me personally re-think my own methods for lesson planning and whether I am using my time in the most efficient manner.
Home School Planning Resources
Buy them already made, with or without the dates added, for all your home school and family record keeping needs.
Well Planned Homeschool Planners by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher
These planners are comprehensive in incorporating the planning of your home school instruction alongside your daily family calendar. The four-year high school planner becomes a complete record of your student’s high school coursework.
- Well-Planned Day Homeschool Planner
- Well-Planned Day High School 4-Year Planner
- Well-Planned Day Student Planner
- On the Go: Well-Planned Day Planner
Ultimate Homeschool Planners by Apologia
These planners are great for planning out your spiritual as well as your educational goals for each day, week, and month during your home school year. They are filled with hints, tips, scripture verses, and places to journal all that you have planned in your day as well as the God-moments you want to remember for years to come.
For just the cost of the paper and printer ink these sites offer planning pages you can pick and choose from to organize your home school, and in some instances other family records.
This downloadable file gives you the ability to customize attendance records, course sheets, reading lists, extra-curricular activities, field trip logs, and grades. Because it is a download, you can save your modifications right on your computer and print them off for multiple students and save them to print subsequent home schooling years. These sheets are just home school oriented and do not include any family calendar content, but they are well suited for high school level record keeping.
These printable documents blend the ability to schedule personal to-do lists, like meal planning and prayer requests, along with home school activities. Although these sheets are more oriented to grade school planning, they do offer some broader scope planning pages, like quarterly and monthly planning sheets, that many free printables tend to leave out.
This site contains a wide range of Adobe formatted planner printables made to accommodate a variety of home schools. From weekly, monthly, and yearly planning calendars to high school course planners, FlyLady compatible weekly planners, assignment sheets, reading lists, unit study planners, unschooling record keepers, chore charts, and to-do lists, every aspect of home school and family life can be planned on these easy to print pages.
Software for Home School and Family Organization:
- Homeschool Tracker Basic Edition – A free downloadable basic program that allows you to plan and track all your home school activities.
- KitchenHub – Not a home school specific program, but an all-in-one family organizer that allows you to keep and plan everything in one place.
- Homeschool Manager – This simple and straightforward program allows you to customize schedules, grades, volunteer hours, book lists, report cards, and transcripts.
- Homeschool Planet – This comprehensive planner allows you to organize your school and home all in one place. Each member of your family can have separate logins and access can be done via multiple device types–computers, tablets and SmartPhones.
- Homeschool Skedtrack – This on-line tracking program may not have all the bells and whistles of some of its modern competitors, but it’s free and gives you the ability to keep all your home school records in one place.
- Homeschool Tracker – This software is home school specific, but has some unique functions not offered by other online programs like lesson plans you can customize, save, and reuse, as well as weighted and scalar grading options.
Mobile Apps for Home Organization:
Cozi – This free app is made to keep all your family interests in one place, from individual schedules to a comprehensive family calendar including lists and journaling software that let you add more personal content.
About One Family Organizer – Although this app was not made specifically for home schooling it has the ability to keep all your family records in one place, generate reports, alerts, and lists as well as share material with other members of your family while keeping all the information in one central location.
Record keeping tools similar to any of the items listed above are helpful in establishing the framework in which you can develop your home school educational goals, and ultimately the lesson plans that help your children reach those goals. Built on a firm foundation of diligent planning, these goals are much less likely to get sidetracked by the storms that life sometimes has our families struggle through in the midst of home schooling.
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
THSC greatly desires to help home schoolers in Texas meet their home schooling goals and we believe the first step in that process is through diligent lesson planning. The next blog in this series focuses on grading and report cards and how adding these items to your diligent home schooling practices will not only solidify the foundation you are setting in your school, but also further enhance your home school framework. Until then, may the Lord continue to lead you and guide you in your planning efforts and show you how He desires for you to walk in them.
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Home Schooling with Diligence Series by Peggy Ployhar
Part 1: Home Schooling with Diligence
Part 2: Resources for Home School Planning with Diligence
Part 3: How to Measure Success for Your Students
Part 4: How to Successfully Home School through High School