For years I have shared how much I love the Well Planned Day Planner. It was a must have purchase each year and one I put in each and every one of my curriculum choice posts.
However, for 2016-2017 I am breaking up with the Well Planned Day. Yes, I have already purchased one for the upcoming school year but I won’t be using it.
Too Much I Don’t Use
Each year there are TONS of pages in the Well Planned Day I don’t use. For one I only have 3 kids. Two, I rarely read the articles. And three I don’t use the planning pages for “life”. Just the ones for school. I would tear out the pages I didn’t use and the planner would become half the size.
I Want Simple
While I have been in the season of burnout I have realized that I want simple. I need simple. And honestly, the Well Planned Day for me is not simple. It could be if I planned ahead, but as I said before in this homeschool confession I don’t. We tend to go day by day to the next lesson in the book.
I Found a MUCH Better Method for our Family
While at the homeschool convention (AFTER I bought the new Well Planned Day) I attended a session by Sarah Mackenzie. In it, she mentioned her notebook method. I googled it after the session and was fascinated. So easy and just what I needed! So, we attempted it the rest of the school year and LOVED it.
What is the Notebook Method?
To read all about it I encourage you to check out Sarah’s blog post, but I am also going to share how we use it. Each night I write in a single subject notebook each thing I want the girls to do the next day. This includes everything from chores to piano, to devotions. The kids can start their day on their own, and if I’m not available at for our subjects together they know what they can do next without me (such as practicing states and capitals on an app, walking their 4H goats, or reading independently). This method has been a LIFE SAVER!
But doesn’t that take MORE time and work?
You would think it would but no, it doesn’t. In that notebook I have evidence of each day’s work. I have how many days we’ve done school recorded, and at a glance can see where the kids are at in their books. I do have to sit down each night and plan for the day but it takes 5 minutes tops and saves me from getting on to them about chores, devotions or the extra things I’d like them to work on.
The only thing I miss from the Well Planned Day is the grade sheet, so I simply created my own. You can also find tons of grade sheets on Pinterest.
So, do I miss the Well Planned Day? No, not really. Do I think it’s still a great planner? Yes! It gave me many great years of homeschool planning but for now, the notebook method is EXACTLY what we need!