Keeping things simple for me means things actually get done. So this year I am being organised but also keeping it simple. My options were to buy a simple spiral A4 notebook and write in plans for the week or print one out myself. Because we already bought a digital planner in the past I used a few sheets that were appropriate for us and comb bound it myself. These pages are from the digital Beyond FIAR planner.
This is the current Front cover for the planner and I plan to change it each season.
Showing the thickness of my Planner/ Records.I have a weekly plan and on the back of that sheet I have a place to add all the things that we DID do extra or as go-alongs, a plan and journal in one page. I have a space for recording all we read, see and do on the back of the weekly plan page. I also have room to jot down any books we would like to buy or loan.
Weekly plan. We plan for 4 days a week and use Friday as our easy day to do any catch-up, errands, grocery shopping, excursions, fun stuff, a get ready for the weekend! Friday ends up being pretty busy.
Journal page to add extra things we did.In the front of my bound planner I have a 2012 calendar, a weekly meal plan, a Scope of subjects covered from the back of the Beyond Five In A Row manual and last of all a sheet where Carter or Faith can draw a picture and a sentence of something they enjoyed that week. It turns out to be a lovely way to record. I have a sheet to add at the middle and end of the year (2 'reports') of my view of Carter's progress along with a print out of Carter's results for maths that year.
Menu plan for the week.
This is an A4 Art portfolio to do our Beyond Five In A Row in and any rabbit trail we follow with the row. I picked this up for $3.99 at the Hot Dollar store, I did see them for $8.95 at the newsagent, exactly the same thing. We don't intend on doing a lot of busy work, but hopefully Carter will do his best effort. Quality over quantity.
This year we all have a Journal. This is where we will draw and write about anything, our day or our week, practising our writing and drawing in a more natural way. We found these books at Dragon Fly Toys in Organic Feast in East Maitland. They are part of the Waldorf supplies there. They are a blank book that we use a lined card with for the writing if needed. If Carter wants to write around a picture or be creative he doesn't need to write on straight lines all the time. You could also use a Botany Book (which is just an exercise book) found at a Newsagent, these have lined and blank paper.
Jan Brett's website. Jan Brett is a talented illustrator and has a lot of lovely things for free download.
Feeling good about it all.