***NOTE: This planner has been updated for the 2023-2024 school year!
Are you looking for a free Charlotte Mason Homeschool Planner? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Today, I’m sharing our planner for the year and at the end of this post you can learn how to get a printable copy for yourself!
With that being said, 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.
How do You Organize so Many Subjects?
One element of the Charlotte Mason approach is that you are laying out a feast of knowledge and ideas (in short lessons) for your kids to learn. From Bible reading and copywork, to math, history, geography, the arts, and habits, that’s a ton of content!
While this is all well and good, it can be overwhelming for us, as moms, to organize that feast without us wanting pull our hair out.
With that being said, this free Charlotte Mason planner is a way to see the big picture and organize it in a way that makes homeschooling with this method productive and fun.
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.)
Let’s check out the layout in this free Charlotte Mason Planner:
NOTE: This planner has been updated.
1. Yearly calendar
At the beginning of the homeschooler planner, there is a simple year at a glance page. Here you can find the dates from August to July spelled out for the next year. This is nice tool to have when you are doing long term planning or highlighting school attendance days.
2. Monthly calendar pages
Then, there are full-page monthly layouts for each month. These months calendar pages are handy for tracking appointments, school notes, events, field trips, or family appointments.
Furthermore, at the bottom of each page, there is an inspirational Charlotte Mason Quote to help you stay on track with your ‘why’.
The goals page in the free Charlotte Mason Planner is where you can think through some of your big-picture plans for the school year.
You can set some goals for things you want to touch on daily and also things you would like to see happen on a weekly basis.
4. Prayers for my children
Next is a page where we can pause and consider where are kids are at. We can evaluate their growth and also ponder what areas we can help them improve in. This page has you listing your kids strengths and weakness then gives you a small read to write a unique prayer for each of them.
5. Book Lists for the year
This free homeschool planner also has a place to record all your books for the year. It also has a free reads page to track your recreational reads as well.
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. Note: if you like taking notes, I would recommend that you make extra copies of these pages and sprinkle them throughout your planner, so you have plenty of space to write your thoughts and lists down.
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More Ways to Organize Your Homeschool
Whether you are just getting started with homeschool or you’ve been at it for a while, there are always areas to readjust and reorganize. With that being said, here are some other helpful resources to help you plan and organize your homeschool.