A huge thank you to Kristin at One Stop Teacher Shop for making this giveaway possible!
If you caught my last post, I mentioned I was going to be sharing how I organized my homeschool planner...and yes, I also mentioned a GIVEAWAY! Whoop Whoop! I'm about to give you a peek into my new homeschool planner...the planner that tops all planners! At least in my opinion =)
Up until this point, I hadn't considered a printable planner. I'm not really sure why. I think I just liked the idea of a "professionally bound" planner and printable didn't say professional to me. Thankfully, I came to my senses in time because my new planner is just that. A printable planner and you know what? I LOVE it! I knew the moment I came across it that this was it. It offered me everything I needed and more. I could build and customize it to fit my needs. THAT is the ultimate planner right there!
It's called The One-Stop Teacher Binder. This planner offers so many resources that I simply can't cover them all in one post. So I'm going to show you mine and how I customized it to fit our needs. Then, you can enter to win your very own!
About The One-Stop Teacher Binder
Note: See video at the end of this post for a live look into my planner & a giveaway promo!
How I Organize My Homeschool Planner!
I chose this cover because it's pretty and I love all thing floral! Simple right?! Not that it was an easy decision. I mean, I had 65+ covers to choose from! It also comes with matching spines and sections. All text on the covers, spines, and sections is 100% editable. I wanted my cover to say Mama's Plan Book =)
When you first open my planning binder, you'll find this little pocket folder I bought at the dollar tree. It came in a pack of 2 and has been really handy. I just store the district issued calendar, a pen and pencil, and some sticky notes in there.
I love that the section dividers match the cover! Ugh...so pretty! To save on money, I printed all sections on yardstick and then laminated them for added durability. I don't anticipate changing covers next year...but I love having the option to do so!
Tip: Print the cover, spine, and sections on card stock. Then, laminate for added durability!
I printed all the month-at-a-glance sheets for the school year. These sheets are available in 2 styles (Modern & Whimsical). I chose whimsical for all of my calendars, lesson plans, and resources.
My next section is our weekly lesson plans. Again, the text is 100% Editable on all sections. So, say you want the wording to be different or you don't like the text...change it!
I chose the 7 subject lesson plan with the subjects on the side. You can choose from 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 subject lesson plans with subjects at the top or bottom. You can also add or delete columns or rows as needed. You can also type your lesson plans or write them by hand...totally your preference! As an added bonus, each week comes with a different teacher quote to inspire you =)
Tip: Plan by weeks (week 1, week 2, etc.) instead of dates. This will allow you more flexibility and help avoid last minute alterations to lesson plans.
I printed out all our lesson plans for the year as I had them planned ahead of time. I DO NOT designate lesson plans to any particular week. If you look in the top left corner you'll see week 4 as opposed to a date. This allows me to be flexible in the event that we have to take unexpected time off...for say a new baby! It avoids any confusion and doesn't throw off an entire years worth of planning!
The next section is where I keep meeting notes and progress reports.
This meeting notes page is just one of the many resources that comes with this planner.
Because we're homeschooling in California, we have to enroll in a program where we physically meet up with a teacher from a local district to submit samples and track progress. We haven't had our first meeting yet but this is where I'll take meeting notes and store progress reports.
Next I have a section for our pacing guides.
I like to keep these handy so that I can reference them throughout the year. A lot of times I'll I find a cool project I want to do. I just find when we're covering that subject and that allows me to quickly find it in our lesson plan so I can add it in!
And the lovely common core standards...
California's common core standards for 2nd grade are like 8 pages long! Anyway, because we have to follow them, I keep a copy to reference throughout the year. It helps me to stay on track and make sure were covering all we need to cover. We use a Christian curriculum that doesn't cover all of California's standards so I do have to supplement in some areas. This allows me to quickly identify areas that need to be supplemented.
I really can't speak highly enough of my new planner. It's by far the best one I've come across and it's perfect for teachers and homeschoolers alike. I love that I can customize it to fit our exact needs and I don't have to supplement with outside sources. It literally has everything I could possibly need! Plus, the create your own form option opens up a whole host of other possibilities. I only wish I had come across it sooner!
I love that I can customize it to fit our exact needs and I don't have to supplement with outside sources.
So, I love this planner so much that I wanted you guys to have the opportunity to win one of your own! Kristin, the awesome teacher turned homeschool mom that created this planner, agreed to provide a copy to one of my readers! I reached out to her because I am THAT convinced you'll love it too =)
She has a lot of great resources on her site and TpT shop. Please take an opportunity to check them out and show her some love!
One Stop Teacher Shop Website
Live Look & Promo Video
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Until next time, blessings to you!
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Hi there! My name is Brittany...helpmeet to T.J. and homeschooling mom to 5 little blessings. Memoirs Of A Good Thing is a ministry that is cultivating encouragement, support, and faith through the testimonies of women! Read more about my journey and the Memoirs of a Good Thing ministry here!