***NOTE: This planner has been updated for the 2020-2021 school year!
We are on the countdown before our home school starts, so I’ve been doing my best to get books ordered and get organized.
I love literacy-based learning and have been a big fan of Charlotte Mason’s philosophies for a while now. We decided to go with Ambleside online this year as a guide for our curriculum choices.
Ambleside has a handy week to week editable planner, but I wanted to simplify the presentation a bit and make it a little more user-friendly for our family.
The subjects we will be covering this year are: Bible, reading, literacy, copy work, math, history, science/nature study, geography, foreign language, music, art, habits, and handicrafts.
It sounds like a ton, but if you are familiar with a Charlotte Mason education, you know that it is all about SHORT lessons with a wide variety of ideas presented.
My Charlotte Mason Homeschool Planner
We will have our core subjects that we do each day like Bible, math, reading, literacy, copy work, and history while the other subjects will be on a loop schedule.
The Ambleside year is broken up into three, twelve-week terms, therefore this planner is organized by term. (Black and white only, I had the pages printed front and back and bound at a local print shop.)
Pages included in the planner are:
1. Yearly calendar
A simple year at a glance.
2. Monthly calendar pages
There is a full-page monthly calendar with a Charlotte Mason quote at the bottom for each month from August 2018-July 2019 (NOW UPDATED: for 2020-2021!!!)
This is just a space to record my big picture goals.
4. Prayers for my children
I thought it would be nice to have space to chart my kid’s strengths and weakness, and then write a unique prayer for each of them.
5. Book Lists for the year
A place to record all the needed reads for the year, in what subject and for what term. There is also a page for free reads.
6. Scheduling charts
This is a place to figure out the logistics of what our homeschool day might look like. This is space to decided on how long each lesson should approximately be, which subjects to do daily, and a list of subjects to loop.
7. Subject notes
This space is available for specific notes on each subject. You can record goals for the year, extra reads that you might want to add, or sections you are thinking of skipping.
8. Year 1 Bible bookmarks
Ambleside year 1 Bible mapped out along with memory verses. I printed and laminated mine as bookmarks, then left a copy in my planner for reference. (Note: these bookmarks are specific for year 1.)
9. Weekly Spread
A weekly spread with space to plan each subject out for the week. Furthermore, this layout is where you can be specific about page numbers and specific assignments. You can keep track of your loop subjects and check off lessons as well.
10. Term recaps
Space to record our accomplishments as well as areas that need improvement. (I also printed out and included the Ambleside oral assessments here after each term recap.)
After each term, I plan to take a couple of days and make any changes to our schooling that need to be made, while switching artists, composers, music, habits, etc.
The end of the planner has a place for miscellaneous note taking.
How do you organize your homeschool?
Note: I made this planner for our home school, and with our family in mind. If you think this could benefit your family, feel free to use it as well! Let me know how it works.
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