Dream Big Journal: A New Year’s Resolution for Closer Connection with God

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Do you ever dream big? Do you dream big for God? This dream big journal will reboot your spirtual life and help you plan and organize from a spiritual perspective.

Dream Big Journal | a Christian planner to reboot your spiritual life for 2024.

Happy New Year! As we welcome the possibilities that come with a fresh start, it’s a great time to dream big and set meaningful goals. While many resolutions may cross your mind, consider making spiritual growth a priority in 2024. In this month’s planner, let’s delve into the idea of nurturing a closer connection with God and making it a central theme for the year ahead.

Setting the Foundation with the Dream Big Journal

In the pursuit of spiritual growth, it’s essential to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. Identify areas of your life that may pose challenges and recognize character traits or habits that could use improvement. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, break down the grandiose idea of spiritual growth into manageable steps. Last year’s Organize-IT Planners on the Media Angels website can offer additional insights for this journey.

Monthly Focus of the Dream Big Journal

Each month, the planner will guide you through different aspects of your life. For January, our focus is on spiritual growth – a foundation for many homeschool parents who understand the significance of prayer and divine guidance on their journey.

Prioritizing Prayer:

Acknowledging the importance of prayer, take time this month to work on enhancing your prayer life. Consistency is key, and while it may demand discipline, the rewards are immeasurable. The planner is designed to facilitate this journey, providing a structured space for you to articulate your goals and reflect on your progress.

Utilizing the Planner:

This planner offers a chance to concentrate on your most crucial goals, particularly in the realm of spiritual growth. Whether used as a prayer journal with dividers for each section or incorporated into a three-ring binder for easy organization, the versatility of this tool allows you to personalize your experience.

Adaptable Pages:

Recognizing that everyone’s journey is unique, feel free to skip pages that may not resonate with you. This planner is a resource for personal growth, and adaptability is encouraged. You can print it out for your personal use, and there are dedicated spaces for prayer requests, praise reports, and more.

Sharing the Experience:

Extend the benefits of this planner to your teens as well, involving them in the process of spiritual growth. The journey towards becoming the best version of ourselves, as God designed, is a delightful beginning, and this planner serves as a helpful companion along the way.

Put God First:

As we embark on this new year, let the focus on spiritual growth be the catalyst for positive change in your life. The Dream Big Journal planner is not just a tool; it’s a guide to help you take control of your prayer life and align yourself with the best version of who you were meant to be. May 2024 be a year of profound spiritual connection, growth, and blessings.

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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

Organize It! Party Planning Printable

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party planning

Organizing makes everything go better, and this month our focus is on party planning.

In my experience, this allows for less stress and a successful event everyone will enjoy in the moment and remember for years to come.

How Do You Plan Parties?

How do you plan parties? Maybe you are an expert, or perhaps you are just starting to host events. This month’s planner will focus on the details of planning the perfect party for you and your guests. Use this reference to efficiently organize the different aspects of your party regardless of the size or event. We’ve planned everything from weddings (we hand-made guest favors and name tags and decorations) as well as hosted low-key events like family night. Any homeschool mom with kids will have more than one birthday party to plan, even if you are having the event somewhere else.

What’s In The Planner?

Using the print-out sheets provided will keep you on track without leaving everything to the last minute or forgetting important details. Take your time; print and begin immediately! With the aid of the included organizational sheets, it is easier to implement and stick with a plan that will undoubtedly lead to a fun full event. And our planner makes it easy to insert changes.

This organizational planner includes tips and tricks to take your party organization from sporadic and stressful to well-executed and fun for everyone! Use the blank sheets to make this planner fit
any occasion. Find out how much the party will cost ahead of time with the budget spreadsheet.

Picking a Party Planning Theme

Coming up with a theme for your party is just the beginning. You will plan and decide how much you want to DIY (do it yourself) and when it is best to order flowers and/or the cake. Each
spreadsheet provides another step in the equation of a well-planned and executed party. An important factor is the menu and guest lists. This will help you plan graduation, religious occasions, or
anniversaries and other special events. Just think of the memories your family and friends will have for a lifetime after the party. Feel free to omit aspects that don’t fit your event and cater to
your unique needs.

Many planning sheets can be used from this planner to help you with any task. You can print as many as you need for your family. Planning is just the beginning. This includes shopping, organizing, and cooking. It helps to make food and decorations ahead. Remember to organize a setup and clean-up team. You don’t need to do everything yourself. Big parties can be handled in small steps.

Ultimate Checklist

Use the Ultimate Checklist to start up to three months (or more) in advance. Utilize the blank sheets at the end of the planner to help you plan your day, look for ways to set up routines, and
keep a specific schedule. This is important anytime, and getting into a routine, especially while planning an event, will make your life easier, especially when homeschooling. Use the blank calendar to pay the bills, keep track of your homeschool goals, or even a menu plan.

Keep Your Party Planning Focus

Focus on your priorities, and remember change doesn’t happen overnight. Tweak what didn’t work last month or modify it, but stick with the overall plan; it takes perseverance to succeed in each area, whether budgeting, homeschooling, or organizing a party.

The Vintage Homeschool Mom’s Podcasthas great party planning ideas to get you started. Here are the direct links to the podcasts. Check out the ones that may be helpful to you. Links are on the following pages.

Graduation on the Cheap
Graduation Party Ideas
Best Experiential Gifts
Mother’s Day Gifts
Valentine’s Day
Blog Post Graduation and Party Ideas

There are so many resources available. The entire podcast network is free. Check out the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network, which has many shows that deal with the organization. Vintage Homeschool Moms has great shows on graduation and more. Just search for the topic on the website. I pray you are brought peace and joy as you organize your life!

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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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With doable advice from a homeschooling mom of a large family, along with her mom who loves to plan, organize, and cook, this printable is actually helpful! Download the planner today.

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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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Conflict & Grace

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Conflicts and graceFelice Gerwitz discusses ways to identify and minimize conflict in our lives, especially as homeschoolers, with help for guarding the way we react and the key to resolving problems especially among children.

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