Kindergarten Homeschool Planning with a Bullet Journal is a post from Shannen of Middle Way Mom.
Homeschool planning can feel overwhelming, but so is picking out a homeschool planner! After years of searching, I found a perfect homeschool planner for my high school student, but I just don’t need that many bells and whistles for kindergarten.
Since we take a more relaxed approach in kindergarten, I wanted a more relaxed planner. A bullet journal is just that! You can find a LOT of pictures of people’s bullet journals online, and most of them look really intense with various categories, drawings, and stickers.
Well, my bullet journal is not like that. I don’t need it to be a work of art. I just need my bullet journal to be functional.
Homeschool Planning with a Bullet Journal for Kindergarten
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The bullet journal notebook
You can use anything, but I happened across something perfect: a small notebook, sectioned by colored-edge paper. This way I can use the different colored sections for different purposes. You can buy special bullet journal notebooks that have the index already labeled, but it’s largely unnecessary. Find a notebook you love, and use that – grid lines, blank paper, regular lines, or dot grids.
I set up the beginning of my notebook following this video about bullet journaling . If you haven’t watched this before, please do so. Bullet journaling is far easier than most people think.
I assumed I’d want a bit more space to plan out a month from time to time, so I allowed two months per page instead of three.
Yearly plan and notes
In my notebook, I used the last section (notice the green edge) to plan out yearly goals. For us, this meant outlining what Before Five in a Row books I wanted to cover in a month, and what prophets I wanted to cover each month.
Then, from the very last page working backwards, I keep a running log of curiosities my kindergartener has expressed, so I can make sure to find resources to things she has a real interest.
After I made my Before Five in a Row plan, I made sure to put what books I need to buy in the monthly planner, right after the index. Pretty simple.
So now I have my big picture set up, I’m ready to start using the planner. For setting up the month log, the only thing I changed was I do not include Saturday and Sunday when I write out the list of dates. We don’t homeschool on the weekends, and it allowed me to get a smaller notebook because I didn’t need as much vertical space.
The blank monthly log, without dates, is for goals and tasks. We use Jot It Down from Bravewriter pretty loosely, so I write out the project we plan to do for that month, the Before Five in a Row books, and any other items I hope to get done. This is less of a to-do list than an idea list.
Since we are only working with littles in our homeschool right now, things are a bit more free flowing than if I had older kids. I aim to do a certain amount of each subject per week, but if we don’t, I’m not going to sweat it. Still, I want to keep an eye on how consistent we are, so I have a weekly log simply using subject names and tallies.
In the morning, I may write down an item I want to get done, but mostly the daily log is simply a journal of what we did that day. In many states, this may fulfill your record keeping requirement. However, make sure to double check with your local laws.
For us, I wanted to be able to review what we’ve done, and also be able to pick up where we left off if we are pulled away from lessons for an extended amount of time. For kindergarten, homeschool planning with a bullet journal meets all of our needs.
Bullet journals work well for many people because they are so flexible in their use. With a formal pen and paper planner, you’re filling in blanks that may not be necessary, or feeling like you’re not doing enough because you have so many blank spaces. For high school, we loved Homeschool Planet because it was so robust and full-features, but kindergarten doesn’t have those same needs.
Have you done any homeschool planning with a bullet journal? If so, how do you like it?
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