"For thus says the Lord: Lo, I will spread prosperity over her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent. As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap; As a mother comforts her son, so will I comfort you..." Isaiah 66:12-13

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Planning and Planners.

As you can see, I've done a marvelous job of keeping up with my blog and posting. Ahem. Well, at least, I've done a pretty good job keeping us on track in our schooling this year, despite it being a baby-year. He's cute, but demanding.

 I think it really helped that I took time last summer to plan out the books we were going to use, and figure out how many lessons per quarter we'd need to do in order to stay on track. History and science are really the main ones that we're a bit behind in and those I didn't plan out as carefully. So, lesson learned. When I was looking for a planner last year, I found this one, the Complete Catholic Homeschool Planner, which they have updated for this year. It's so much prettier now, but with all the great planning and record keeping forms that it had before. I can't wait to start using it!

This year though, I've also looked at Holy Simplicity planners (thanks, Cristie!). They're just beautiful and packed with lots of helps for daily planning for the home and school. I particularly like all the helps for celebrating the liturgical year that they include. The ones for students have chore check-lists and virtue practice checklists for the kiddos, in addition to the normal space for recording lessons. I love the student planner, and think I'll be trying it out for my 3rd grader next year. And it just so happens that they're giving away a set of the planners! Go here and sign-up for your chance to win them!