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A Good Habit Planner for the Family

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A good habit planner for the family. Trackers + reflection. Free for subscribers. Ever wished you started a good habit sooner? You’re not alone. This month, we’re focusing on self-reflection and forming good habits. Our guide includes goal-setting and mood tracking. Whether you love planning or dread it, our simple yet powerful planner is here to inspire you to work hard and chase your dreams.

Simplicity is Key

This planner is more than a tool; it’s your roadmap to understanding your strengths and weaknesses. It encourages you to persevere and visualize your future. Dreaming of a new home, a healthier lifestyle, or more family time? This planner helps you achieve both big and small goals. Discussing plans with your spouse and aligning your efforts can make all the difference.

Setting Goals with Purpose

The planner isn’t just for daily tasks; it’s for life-changing goals. It guides you and your teens in forming habits, managing emotions, and practicing discipline. From healthy eating to financial planning, it supports every aspect of goal setting.

Enhance Your Organization

Looking for extra organization tips? Dr. Melanie Wilson’s “Habits of the Organized Homeschool Mom” and our Organize-IT Planners at Media Angels are perfect companions. They offer immediate solutions for organizing your homeschool and more.

A Legacy of Virtues

Beyond organization, this planner builds family virtues. It focuses on gratitude, discipline, and perseverance. It’s about setting an example for our children, growing together as a family through every challenge and success.

Customize Your Planning Experience

We designed the planner to be flexible. You can customize it, choosing the pages that suit you best. Create an Ultimate Binder for all your planning needs. This personalized approach makes planning more accessible and enjoyable.

Conclusion: Transform Your Life and Family

This planner is a transformative tool for your life and family. It invites you to examine your habits, goals, and dreams closely. As homeschool moms, we often neglect our needs. This planner changes that, helping us and our families become the best versions of ourselves. Let this planner guide you through life’s journey, fostering growth, wellness, and unity in your family.

Copyright 2024 Felice Gerwitz, Media Angels, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Use for Family only.

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Kids Mini Activity Planner

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kids mini activity plannerA Kids Mini Activity Planner from Media Angels. Now parents and their children can be working on those important spiritual goals together. This free download is just for kids!

Download the planner (don’t forget to confirm your subscription!)

And you can grab the parent’s planner, too!

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A message to the kids about the Kids Mini Activity Planner

Hey, Kids-

Are you ready to be the best person you can be? It is a choice. It is a decision. Maybe you have never thought about growing closer to God in prayer. Or maybe you want to improve in character.

This planner will help you get started.

Have you ever thought about what you do well? How about something that is difficult or hard? These can be thoughtof as strengths and weaknesses.Some areas may be a real challenge. We all have character traits we need to work on or habits we’d like to break.

This planner will help you tackle a different area of your life each month. Our focus this month is on our spiritual growth. If you don’t like schedules try a routine. Take the time to be consistent each day.

Yes, it takes discipline and is not easy, but you be happier at the end.

I designed this planner to give you a chance to think about the most important goals. You can use this as a prayer journal with dividers in each sec/on or use a three-ring binder to contain all the pages in one place and use during the year.

If you don’t like an actvity you can do another. I hope you have fun!

To Parents: You can use this with your teens as well. What a delightul beginning to take control of our prayer life as our first step to becoming the best version of ourselves, as God designed.

~Blessing, Christina Moss

PS. If you love planners, don’t miss out on our special offer on the Homeschool Goals Planner.

December Organize It! Planner

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December Organize It PlannerDecember is the most joyous time of the year! In this planner we focus on the true reason for the season and avoid getting bogged down with our to-do lists! I love an organized schedule and lists more than most, but they are tools to help us stay on top of our daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to enjoy the month free from stress. Or, at the very least, the pressure that we will forget something!

We celebrate Jesus’s birth and remember all he has done for us.

What better reason is there to enjoy this month? While things need to be done, like buying gifts and baking, we are truly blessed to live in a time when we have the opportunity to participate in as many or as few activities as we want! Try to pair down as much as possible and keep only the events and activities that bring your family together and are a blessing.

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This month’s planner begins with our signature ultimate organizing and planning tools!

I love putting this planner together. It is truly an honor to share all of my organizing ideas with you! With this planner, you can keep track of travel plans or your lengthy baking list! Enjoy activities and fun events while staying on top of all that’s on a homeschool mom’s plate!

Are your ready to tackle gift organization, budgets, and even how to organize your gift wrapping with a wrapping station? I included a Christmas countdown with 24 ways to embrace joy.

A reminder to us all to focus on our family, Jesus and serving each other and our community!

My kids got excited when I asked for a few suggestions for the Christmas bucket list! I hope you and your family have as much fun as my family with these activities.

Are you planning on taking the month off, or are you schooling straight through?

Take a look at your homeschool schedule. Can you pair down your commitments so you can embrace the holiday season? By focusing on the meaning of the Christmas season, we are teaching life lessons to our children. I typically take the whole month of December off. We love reading and soaking in the fun of the season. I want plenty of time to make homemade presents, crafts, bake, and enjoy the weather! The older kids will typically work on their school work separately to complete their assignments, especially in high school, and join in the fun as their schedule permits.

The theme in all of the Organize-IT planners is balance.

Pick and choose the forms that work for your family—doing it all doesn’t always work. Balance is important. If a form doesn’t work for your family, skip it and move on. Flexibility is a value skill to learn!

Looking for more information? You will find the topic of organization, as well as many others, on the UltimateHomeschoolPodcastNetwork.com, and VintageHomeschoolMoms.com.

If you are a long time subscriber, you will find some of the forms the same as in past planners.

This allows you access to the forms you love from last month’s planner. For example, you will receive the blank calendars as well as the 4-Square Plan in each monthly planner, along with those on setting short and long-term goals.

This is the end of our Organize-IT Planners for the year.

I hopeyou’ve enjoyed them as much as I have. You can find the entire set for sale on the MediaAngels.com/store if you missed a few months.

We have exciting mini-planners for January and beyond planned. Stay with us for upcoming information.

Have a fantastic and Blessed December!
Merry Christmas!
~ Blessings, Christina Moss

PS. If you missed it, we have two sets of planners this month. Get our 3 pack of mini Christmas Planners here. 

Maximizing Your Homeschool Efficiency During the Holidays with a Planner

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Maximizing Your Homeschool Efficiency During the Holidays with a Planner

A Holiday Planner for the Homeschool Mom? Yes.

The holiday season is a whirlwind of excitement and activity, which can often disrupt the rhythm of homeschooling. Between the festive preparations and family gatherings, it can be challenging to maintain a structured learning environment. This is where a well-organized planner becomes a lifesaver.

Here’s how to effectively use a planner to navigate homeschooling during the bustling holiday season, ensuring that your children’s education remains a priority amidst the festivities:


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Setting Up Your Holiday Homeschool Planner

Choosing the right planner is the first step toward holiday homeschooling success. Whether you prefer the tactile feel of a physical planner or the convenience of a digital app, the key is to find a system that works for you and your family. In this section, we’ll discuss various planner options and provide tips on how to customize your planner to effectively manage your holiday homeschool schedule. From color-coding to prioritizing sections like daily tasks and project deadlines, we’ll guide you through setting up a planner that caters to your unique homeschooling needs during the holidays.

When it comes to selecting a planner for your holiday homeschooling, you essentially have two choices: digital or physical.

Digital planners, accessible via apps or software, offer the convenience of syncing across multiple devices, enabling easy updates and reminders. They are particularly useful for tech-savvy families who are comfortable navigating digital tools.

On the other hand, physical planners provide a tangible experience that many find satisfying and easier to personalize. They are ideal for those who prefer writing by hand and visualizing their plans on paper. Regardless of your preference, the key to an effective planner lies in its organization.

Start by color-coding different subjects or activities – red for math, green for science, blue for holiday crafts, etc.

This visual cue helps in quickly identifying and segmenting tasks. Ensure your planner has sections for daily schedules, weekly goals, and project deadlines. These sections are vital for tracking both academic progress and holiday activities. For holiday homeschooling, consider adding a section for resources or ideas, where you can jot down spontaneous holiday-themed educational activities or resources you come across. Remember, a well-organized planner is more than just a tool for keeping track of tasks; it’s a roadmap that guides your homeschooling journey through the joyous chaos of the holiday season.

Incorporating Holiday Activities into Your Curriculum

The holidays offer a treasure trove of educational opportunities. Integrating holiday-themed activities into your curriculum can make learning more engaging and relevant for your children. In this section, we’ll present creative ideas for blending the holiday spirit with educational content. From exploring the history and traditions of different cultures’ winter celebrations to conducting holiday-themed science experiments, we’ll show you how to use your planner to balance these enriching activities with your regular academic workload.

Integrating holiday-themed activities into your homeschool curriculum can transform the festive season into an enriching educational experience.

For instance, exploring holiday traditions from different cultures can be a fantastic way to teach your children about global diversity and history. You might assign projects where they research and present on how Christmas is celebrated in Germany, or the traditions of Hanukkah, Diwali, or Kwanzaa. This not only broadens their worldview but also instills respect for different cultural practices and a deep appreciation for the influence of Christmas around the world.

In science, holiday-themed experiments, such as studying the properties of snow or the chemistry behind baking holiday treats, can make learning fun and relevant. To effectively incorporate these activities into your regular academic schedule, use your planner to create a balanced approach.

Dedicate specific days or time slots in your planner for these special activities, ensuring they complement rather than replace the core subjects.

For example, you could schedule cultural studies on Mondays and Wednesdays, and a fun science experiment every Friday afternoon. This methodical integration in your planner helps maintain a structured learning environment while allowing your children to enjoy and learn from the holiday spirit. It’s all about finding the right balance between maintaining the academic rigor and embracing the joy and learning opportunities that the holiday season brings. (You might also enjoy the Advent Planner.)

Scheduling and Time Management

Effective scheduling is crucial for a smooth homeschool experience, especially during the busy holiday season. This section will focus on how to create a balanced daily and weekly schedule using your planner. We’ll share strategies for allocating time for both academic pursuits and holiday preparations, ensuring that there’s also room for much-needed breaks and family time. Learn how to make your planner a tool that fosters a harmonious blend of education and celebration.

Involving Your Children in Planning

Involving your children in the planning process is not just empowering, but it also teaches them valuable organizational skills. In this section, we’ll discuss ways to engage your children with the planner, from allowing them to pick some of their holiday activities to teaching them how to track their own progress. This inclusive approach can enhance their sense of responsibility and make homeschooling during the holidays a more collaborative and enjoyable experience.

Involving your children in the homeschool planning process, especially during the holidays, is a practice that goes beyond mere organization.

It’s an empowering exercise that imparts valuable life skills such as decision-making, time management, and responsibility. To engage your children, start by inviting them to contribute ideas for holiday-themed educational activities. For instance, they might be interested in baking as a way to learn about fractions and chemistry, or creating DIY holiday decorations as an art project.

Allow them to pick some of these activities, and together, plot them in the planner.

This inclusion makes learning more exciting and tailored to their interests. Additionally, teaching them how to use the planner to track their own progress is crucial. Show them how to check off completed tasks and how to break larger projects into smaller, manageable parts. This not only helps them see their achievements but also teaches them the importance of breaking down complex task.

This is a skill useful in all areas of life. Incorporating their inputs into the planner also fosters a sense of ownership and motivation towards their learning tasks. Furthermore, periodically review the planner together, allowing them to reflect on what they’ve learned and what they’re looking forward to. This collaborative approach makes homeschooling during the holidays not just a parental responsibility but a shared family journey, enhancing the overall educational experience with joy, creativity, and mutual respect.

Staying Flexible and Adapting Plans

If there’s one thing the holiday season teaches us, it’s the importance of flexibility. Plans can change unexpectedly, and it’s essential to adapt. This section will guide you on how to use your planner to stay nimble and adjust your homeschooling plans as needed. We’ll discuss the importance of building in buffer times and being open to rearranging schedules, ensuring that your homeschooling journey remains smooth even when surprises come your way.

Flexibility is a key component of successful homeschooling, particularly during the unpredictable and often hectic holiday season.

The ability to adapt and modify your plans ensures that your homeschooling experience remains stress-free and enjoyable for both you and your children. To build this flexibility into your routine, use your planner not just as a schedule keeper, but as a dynamic tool that can accommodate changes.

When plotting your homeschooling activities, always leave some ‘buffer’ time.

These are open slots in your planner that can be used for catch-up work or unexpected holiday activities. This approach reduces the pressure of rigid schedules and allows you and your children to enjoy spontaneous holiday moments without falling behind in your educational goals. Secondly, categorize tasks and activities in your planner as ‘fixed’ (like live online classes) and ‘flexible’ (like reading assignments or project work).This categorization helps you quickly identify where adjustments can be made if something unexpected comes up.

Encourage a regular review of the planner with your children, preferably at the start or end of each week.

This habit not only helps in revising plans as needed but also teaches your children to be adaptable and resilient in the face of change. By using your planner in these ways, you create a homeschooling environment that embraces the fluid nature of the holiday season, allowing your family to enjoy its festivities fully, while still keeping education a priority.

Utilizing a planner during the holiday season is an invaluable strategy for managing your homeschooling schedule.

It brings a multitude of benefits: from providing a clear structure amidst the festive chaos, to integrating educational opportunities that the holiday season uniquely offers. A planner helps in balancing academic rigor with holiday fun, ensuring that learning continues effectively even in the most joyous of times. By involving your children in the planning process, you not only empower them with organizational skills but also foster a sense of responsibility and teamwork.

And most importantly, the flexibility a planner affords ensures that your homeschooling can adapt to the spontaneous and often unpredictable nature of the holiday season,. This allows your family to embrace both learning and celebration without stress. We encourage you to try incorporating these planner strategies into your homeschool routine. The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to enhance your homeschooling experience, making it more structured, engaging, and enjoyable for your entire family.

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Now, we’d love to hear from you! How do you manage homeschooling during the holiday season? Do you have any special tips or experiences using a planner or organizing holiday-themed educational activities? Your insights and stories can be a great source of inspiration and learning for others navigating similar journeys. Share your thoughts and tips in the comments below.

Let’s create a supportive community where we can all share, learn, and grow together in our homeschooling adventures!

Christmas Podcasts to Enjoy

The Meaning of Christmas

Special Replay: How To Have A Saner Christmas This Year

Top Ten Movies For Christmas

Mother Christmas

November Holiday Prep Made Easy with the Free Organize-IT Planner

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November is the lead-in to the holidays. However, we’ve got this! Say the word, “November” and breathe…take a breath and breathe it in! Can you feel the excitement? The smell of festivities is in the air! I love this time of year. It is a time to focus on being thankful to God for all he has given me, and then quickly move into preparing my mind, heart, home, and family to celebrate Jesus’s birth. What a blessing! I am praying this planner helps you to avoid the stress and instead allows you to focus on the big picture. This month’s planner begins with our signature ultimate organizing and planning tools! Each month, I am determined to make each edition of Organize-IT the best ever. I am so excited to present you with a planner that promises to help you organize this holiday season and your schedule.


November is the lead-in to the holidays. However, we’ve got this! Say the word, “November” and breathe...take a breath and breathe it in! Can you feel the excitement? The smell of festivities is in the air! I love this time of year. It is a time to focus on being thankful to God for all he has given me, and then quickly move into preparing my mind, heart, home, and family to celebrate Jesus's birth. What a blessing! I am praying this planner helps you to avoid the stress and instead allows you to focus on the big picture. This month's planner begins with our signature ultimate organizing and planning tools! Each month, I am determined to make each edition of Organize-IT the best ever. I am so excited to present you with a planner that promises to help you organize this holiday season and your schedule.

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I wanted to find a way to incorporate the hustle and bustle and long list of fun things to do for the holidays with a homeschool mom’s never-ending list of to-dos! So, I started researching and
reading about block scheduling, I decided to try it and introduce it to you. You may be way ahead of me and already use this method, or you may think, “I have heard of it but don’t know
what it is!” Well, get your schedule primed and ready to work for and not against you. This will take you beyond the lists and to-dos. Of course, those have a time and a place, but what is a
well-thought-out list if you fail to implement it and make it past the first few items?

In this planner, we will begin with a list but end with a solid plan, a schedule that blocks off your time so you can have order in your life.

A purpose so clear, it allows you to focus all your efforts
on what is right in front of you for that small window of time; no need to worry about the lengthy to-do list because it will get done in due time. I am excited to offer you an organizing plan focusing on your day. As homeschooling families, I know you typically spend a lot of time jumping from homeschooling to household chores and back to schooling while taking care of the little kids and sometimes fitting in a side job.

In my family food is a priority, or I might have a revolt! I’m only partially kidding. ;-)Today, a friend asked what I do when I feel overwhelmed. I answered, “I do the next thing, right before me!” I don’t focus on being overwhelmed, because I can’t. I have too many people who depend on me. (A simple prayer of “Lord, please help me,” goes a long way as well!)

Of course, we all get overwhelmed at times, but doing the next thing has worked well for me and fits in perfectly with block scheduling.

Block scheduling is planning your day, not letting your day run you. I love that it utilizes your to-do lists but doesn’t make you a slave to it! Unfortunately (for me), it is not a way to cram more
into your day. Instead, it helps you to find more time! It’s a way of limiting distractions and procrastinating so you have more time to do what you want to do.

Look at your list. Do you have a project you’re dying to finish? Put it in a block. Are you behind on homeschooling a particular subject and need a day to catch up or review? Put it in a block!
Want to find time to exercise? Put it in the block. Do you see where this is going? In the following pages, I’ll help you schedule your time so that you can focus, thrive and accomplish. I was
pleasantly surprised by how well this has worked for me.

Take a look at your homeschool schedule, is there a way to pair down your commitments so we can embrace the holiday season?

By focusing on the meaning of the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons we are teaching life lessons. I typically stick to the bare essentials of school, like math, writing, and reading, so we have plenty of time to make crafts, bake, and enjoy the weather. The older kids can work on their school work separately to complete their assignments, especially in high school, and join in the fun as their schedule permits.

The goal is to organize your day, travel plans if you have any, and Thanksgiving bucket lists. The theme in all of the Organize-IT planners is balance. Pick and choose the forms that work for your
family—doing it all doesn’t always work. Balance is important. If a form doesn’t work for your family, skip it and move on.

Your holiday schedule should offer flexibility.

This allows children time to pursue things of interest. This is something that I feel is so important. Kids are burned out and often overscheduled. Hopefully, with this Organize-IT Planner, you can invest your time wisely.

Looking for more information?

You will find the topic of organization, as well as many others, on the UltimateHomeschoolPodcastNetwork.com, and Vintage Homeschool Moms.

If you are a long-time subscriber, you will find some of the forms the same as in past planners. This allows you access to the forms you love from last month’s planner. For example, you will receive
the blank calendars as well as the 4-Square Plan in each monthly planner, along with those on setting short and long-term goals.

Have a fantastic and Blessed November!

~ Blessings, Christina Moss

 

 

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Be Thankful + Character Counts Planners

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Thankful for character planners.

Enter the Birthday Giveaway

It’s that time of year when holiday decorations are everywhere you turn. Some make me shudder, and others, well, let’s just say a decorating course or two would be beneficial to those people. I love to decorate my home with silk flowers in the theme of “fall” since I live in southwest Florida, where the weather still inches up to the 80s, and if I could, I would spend time at the beach daily.

Since we can’t enjoy fall weather or the leaves changing, I decorate with as much color as I can and enjoy this beautiful warm weather and my flower arrangements. I’m preparing another blog about those – didn’t know I had a flare for artsy, did you? As a result, I have a feeling of thankfulness and cheer. So, it was not surprising that I recently received a prayer journal that was along that theme.

Thankfulness Journal

Several years ago, when I was feeling very stressed, a lady sent me her draft of a document entitled “I Surrender.” She wanted me to publish her book, but instead, I ended up helping her to self-publish. However, in the midst of this project, it hit me – the Lord was asking me to surrender everything to Him.

So here I am, wondering how to instill joyfulness and thankfulness in my children at this time of the year, and what comes across my desk? Or more accurately, what comes to me via email in a PDF format? Yes, another book, this time geared for families and especially children!

I’ve noticed that some homeschool moms find it incredibly easy to fashion a book from something they’ve been teaching to their children or something that is on their hearts, and some frankly, are pretty bad. So I’m always hesitant when someone sends me a book to review, especially when I know them. This young mother, who happens to be the very talented lady who created this website, sent a draft of a prayer journal. I love prayer journals, so I’m admitting it would have to be pretty bad for me not to like it. But what I really loved was the theme of this journal: “Be Thankful.”

“Be Thankful”…doesn’t that make you smile?

The journal is for any time of the year, and it can be pulled out when you are at a low point and need a jolt to remind you to seek God and find those places that are hidden from Him or ones you need to surrender. The journal ever so gently walks you through the process, but the keyword here is gently. The author, Amanda Pelser, does not hit you over the head with the idea of thankfulness or how you must do this or that. She guides you and encourages you to listen to that still voice and search your heart.

We often teach our children that faith must be acted upon. In my own home, I have the freedom to pray and share the Good News with my children. It is such a blessing, but today was one of those opportunities to put faith into action, and we stood with our brothers and sisters in Christ for the 40 Days for Life March in our town. My children are thankful that I chose life, and we discuss the importance of praying for others who are in dire circumstances. In fact, my children held signs that said, “A baby changes everything.” Isn’t that true?

When we came home, I was able to emphasize being thankful for the many printables for the children in this journal. In fact, the Scripture we used for copywork was Psalm 86:12:

“I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name forevermore.”

If I had little ones, which I don’t, I could easily substitute this for a handwriting lesson.

What better way to practice handwriting than with Scripture verses on being joyful and thankful?  This got me thinking, isn’t thankfulness and gratitude some of the character traits we want our children to have?

It is. And I created a series of planners for kids to use to cultivate them. They are the Character Counts Planners.

Introducing the Character Counts Planners, a powerful tool to instill essential values in your children. With 12 character themes, these planners focus on virtues like Patience, Justice/Honor, Thriftiness, Awareness, Decisiveness, Forgiveness, Determination, Flexibility, Punctuality, Generosity, Gratefulness, and Joy. Our Character Planners are designed to nurture your child’s personal growth and character development. They’re easy to use, just open, print, and go!

Each planner is a gateway to meaningful discussions and activities that reinforce these qualities. Empower your kids to embrace Patience, learn about Justice and Honor, practice Thriftiness, cultivate Awareness, make wise decisions, extend Forgiveness, show Determination, adapt with Flexibility, honor Punctuality, celebrate Generosity, be Grateful, and spread Joy.

Foster a foundation of strong character with the Character Counts Planners.

Order here.

 

In what ways will you teach your children to be thankful? I’m open to any ideas or suggestions you may have for me!


 Vintage Homeschool Moms preserves the best of the past while blessing future generations with the fruit that comes from putting God first and using the experience as a teacher. Your host, Felice Gerwitz, is a Christian wife, mother, and educator-turned-homeschool-mom in 1986. She began homeschooling as a trial and never looked back.  Felice’s topics range from home education, child-rearing, enterprising moms, SAHM (Stay at Home Moms), WAHM (Work at Home Moms), and so much more.


Nurturing Your Children | A Guide to Homeschooling Success | Free Planner!

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Hey there, students and parents! September is here, and it’s that time of year when we get back to school, whether it’s in a classroom or at home. This month, let’s set some goals and aim for greatness in our homeschooling journey. Imagine unlocking your full potential and making learning a fun adventure with your children!

Tailoring Education to Your Child

One of the amazing things about homeschooling is that you can customize your learning experience. You get to choose the curriculum and schedule that works best for you and your child. This allows your child to focus on absorbing and understanding information at their own pace.

Recognizing Strengths and Working on Weaknesses in Your Children, Self,  and Homeschool

We all have things we’re great at and areas where we could improve. Homeschooling allows us to identify our strengths and weaknesses and work on both. By doing this, we can grow in every aspect of our lives, not just academically.

Developing a Love for Learning in Your Children

As homeschooling parents, we want our children to love learning. And that’s not limited to textbooks! We’re also interested in nurturing their character and values. Learning is not just about facts; it’s about becoming better individuals.

Setting Goals and Planning Activities

In this guide, you’ll find help in creating goals for the month. Plan out activities, reading time, game nights, household chores, and even charitable work with your church and community. Having a plan in place helps keep things organized.

Hands-On Learning

Learning isn’t just about reading and writing; it’s also about doing. Try immersive learning experiences, unit studies, and topical studies that cover various subjects. Let your child study topics they’re passionate about; it’ll make them unique and self-reliant adults.

Encouraging Independence in Your Children

As your child grows older, give them more say in their studies. You can help them succeed by providing support and guidance. Overcoming challenges takes time and effort, but it’s worth it in the end.

Planning for the Months Ahead

Take a moment to look at upcoming holidays and events. While plans may change, having an overview helps in scheduling. The coming months can be hectic, so let’s get organized early.

Time to Be Kids

Remember, it’s crucial to give your children downtime. They don’t need to be overscheduled. This planner helps you find that balance.

 Enjoy the Journey

Homeschooling is not just about academics. It’s about exploring the world, seeking answers, and challenging ideas through experiments and discovery. Make learning an exciting adventure!

So, as we kickstart this school year, let’s aim for greatness. Use the tools in this planner to stay organized and focused on your goals. And most importantly, enjoy your time with your family and the wonderful journey of learning. Have a fantastic September!

Blessings,
Christina Moss

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Incredible Meal Planning Tips for Homeschoolers: Have Fun and Save Time with the April Organize It! Planner

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Incredible Meal Planning Tips for Homeschoolers: Have Fun and Save Time with the Organize It! Planner for April

Meal Planner printable subscriber only Organize It

As a homeschooling parent, you have a lot on your plate – literally and figuratively! In addition to managing your child’s education, you also have to think about meals for the day. With busy days and multiple responsibilities, it can be challenging to plan and prepare healthy, nutritious meals that everyone will enjoy. However, with a little bit of planning and preparation, meal planning can be made easier and more manageable.

Here are some tips for meal planning while homeschooling:

1. Plan your meals ahead of time

Planning your meals ahead of time is one of the most effective strategies for meal planning. Take some time at the beginning of each week to plan out your meals for the coming days. This can help you save time and reduce stress during the week, as you’ll already know what you need to prepare for each meal.

2. Involve your children in meal planning

Involving your children in meal planning can be a fun and educational activity. Ask your children for their input on what they would like to eat, and encourage them to help plan meals for the week. This can help your children develop an appreciation for healthy foods and encourage them to try new things.

3. Keep it simple

When planning meals, it’s important to keep it simple. Choose recipes that are easy to prepare and require minimal ingredients. This can help you save time and reduce stress during the week.

4. Make a shopping list

Making a shopping list is an essential part of meal planning. Once you have planned your meals for the week, make a list of all the ingredients you will need. This can help you stay organized and ensure that you have everything you need when it’s time to prepare your meals.

5. Batch cook

Batch cooking is a great way to save time and ensure that you always have healthy, nutritious meals on hand. Choose a day of the week to prepare several meals in advance, and store them in the fridge or freezer for later in the week.

6. Use a slow cooker

A slow cooker can be a lifesaver for busy homeschooling parents. Simply add your ingredients in the morning, and by dinnertime, you’ll have a delicious, nutritious meal ready to serve. This can help you save time and reduce stress during the day.

7. Don’t forget about snacks

Snacks are an important part of any homeschooler’s day. Make sure to plan for healthy, nutritious snacks throughout the day to keep everyone fueled and focused.

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Some Parting Ideas for Meal Planning

Honestly, meal planning while homeschooling can be a challenge, but with these tips, it can become a manageable and even enjoyable part of your routine. Planning ahead, involving your children, keeping it simple, making a shopping list, batch cooking, using a slow cooker, and incorporating healthy snacks can help you stay organized, save time, and ensure that your family is eating nutritious meals throughout the day.
It’s also important to remember that meal planning doesn’t have to be perfect. Sometimes life happens, and you may need to make adjustments to your plan. Don’t stress if you miss a meal or need to make a last-minute change – just do your best and focus on providing healthy, nourishing food for your family.
Finally, don’t forget to make mealtime a family affair. Eating together as a family can be a great way to connect and bond, and it can also help reinforce healthy eating habits for your children. Make mealtime a priority, and enjoy the time together as a family.
In conclusion, meal planning while homeschooling can be a challenge, but with a little bit of planning and preparation, it can become a manageable and even enjoyable part of your routine. By involving your children, keeping it simple, using a slow cooker, batch cooking, and making healthy snacks a priority, you can ensure that your family is eating nutritious meals throughout the day. Don’t forget to make mealtime a family affair, and enjoy the time together as a family.

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Homeschool Made Fun Again – Supercharge Your Schedules With the March Organize It Planner

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of homeschooling and don’t know how you’re going to find the time to organize your family’s day-to-day activities?

With the March Organize It Planner, homeschooling can become fun again—and it will help you stay organized every day of the week!

This article will provide an inside look at the March Organize It Planner and how it can help you supercharge your schedule and make homeschooling easier. You will learn how the planner is tailored to your family’s needs and how it can help you focus on what matters most; plus, you will get tips on how to make homeschooling as enjoyable and productive as possible. So, let’s get started on making homeschool fun again!

Why an Organized Homeschool is a Fun School

An organized homeschool is a great way to get the most out of homeschooling and ensure that learning is fun and engaging. With an organized homeschool, everything is tidy and orderly, so you can easily locate the necessary materials and supplies and avoid any unnecessary distractions.

Since homeschooling is a large task that often requires the effort and cooperation of several people, an organized homeschool allows for efficient time management and delegation of responsibilities. Furthermore, by having a set schedule and a predictable structure, your child can learn in a comfortable and supportive environment. As a result, an organized homeschool can be a great way to make learning more enjoyable and productive for everyone involved.

Tips to Get Organized in Your Homeschool

Organization is key in your homeschool journey, so here are a few tips to make sure you’re staying on top of your homeschooling tasks:

  • Firstly, create a calendar of specific tasks that need to be completed. Not only will this help you break down complex tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks, but it can also help you visualize the timeline for reaching each milestone.
  • Secondly, use task management systems to assign tasks and track their progress. This can be great for keeping track of both curriculum tasks and family obligations.
  • Thirdly, use technology to your advantage. Utilize programs like Airtable, Evernote, and Trello to store and manage all of the necessary information for your homeschooling journey. By following these steps, you’ll be able to stay organized, motivated, and on track.
  • Lastly, download our March Checklist Freebie | Let’s Organize It!

March Checklist Freebie | Let’s Organize It!

 

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of homeschooling tasks you have to juggle? Between creating lesson plans, managing family schedules, and keeping track of your children’s activities, sometimes it’s hard to stay focused and organized.

That’s why we’ve created The March Organize It! Planner from Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network. It’s a free downloadable printable designed to help you organize your homeschool and home life, so you can focus on the important things and make the most of each day.

With The March Organize It! Planner, you can:

Create a weekly plan that fits your family’s unique needs and schedule
Keep track of appointments and important dates
Streamline your to-do’s with checklists, reminders, and tracking
Manage your daily routines and tasks

So stop guessing and start organizing!

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Free July Ultimate Checklists Planner

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July is such a busy and fun month full of Patriotic events, celebrations and just enjoying the hot summer months with friends and family. Let’s look at all the July fun activities and how to keep track of everything for your family.

What is there to do in July with your family?

The most patriotic American holiday is on July 4th ~ Independence Day. Many families will choose to have 4th of July picnics, take part in parades, and attend firework shows or concerts. You can have some great conversations with your family regarding our country and its history. You can discuss the constitution, what it means to be patriotic and gather together to pray for our country.

July is also one of the hottest months in the year for many areas. Even though it is hot, it seems to be a favorite month for picnics, backyard barbecues and get togethers. While you are spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun make sure that you keep cool.

Fun ideas for staying cool in July:

  • Visit a natural body of water in your area, like a lake, a beach, a spring, or a river. If you don’t have one near you consider making a long day trip or a short mini vacation.
  • Set up a sprinkler and let the kids run around and play in it.
  • Have a water party with water balloons, baby pools full of soapy bubbles, tarps with dish soap for a cheap slip and slide.
  • Make homemade popsicles or homemade ice cream. Homemade ice cream is a fun thing to do with your kids that will create some wonderful memories. (Hint: there is a free homemade ice cream recipe in this month’s Ultimate Checklist!)

How to keep track of all the summer fun events:

Our Ultimate Checklists is like a big family planner. It has so many amazing checklists, papers, worksheets, and brainstorming sheets to help you keep track of everything you need during the busy summer.

What is included in the July Ultimate Checklist?

This month’s checklist has everything you need to keep track of your summer fun. There are even planning sheets to get you to start thinking about the new school year. Even though we are in the middle of summer, a new homeschool year will creep up on us before we know it!

  • Checklists Guide – this is a breakdown on how to use the lists for the month, with suggestions to help you get started.
  • Objectives Worksheet
  • Weekly Planning Worksheet
  • Blank Printable July Calendar
  • Four square planner : Faith, Kids, Back to School, Household
  • Evaluation Weekly Worksheets
  • Motivational Posters and Scripture Posters
  • Printable July Checklist
  • July Holidays Printable Sheet
  • Independence Day Reflection Sheets
  • 4th of July Party Planner
  • Blank Party Planner for any Party
  • Fun Ideas for July
  • Printable Ice Cream Recipe with step-by-step instructions
  • Summer Reading List
  • Chore Schedule Blank Sheet
  • Quarterly Planning
  • Homeschool Weekly Planning Sheets
  • Meal Planning Helps and Suggestions

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