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Monday, May 23, 2016

Come Take a Peek in My Homeschool Planner



The mailman delivered a box today. It looked like a regular, ordinary package. Rather nondescript. He tossed it on the front stoop and hastily sped away never knowing the valuable contents that lay just under the brown packing tape.

Like a crazy woman, I ran to the entry, flung open the door, and began to tear open that simple brown parcel.

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As I pulled back the cardboard flaps, a blinding, seraphic light burst from the box. For a moment, I heard the faint crescendo of an angelic choir wafting from somewhere nearby. 

Inside...I found my brain...neatly shrink-wrapped and ready for use.  

Ok, ok...I'll admit that is a gross exaggeration. (What can I say? No one's ever accused me of being under-dramatic.) But, in all honesty, come September, the contents of that brown box will FEEL like my brain.

Inside the box, lay a brand new 2016-2017 Well-Planned Day Planner.

Come Take a Peek in My Homeschool Planner


With its crisp, white pages and organized calendars, my planner is like a fresh year with no mistakes in it.

Its arrival marks the start of something new. Something great. Something worth doing well. 

It marks the beginning of another school year and I just can't wait to start filling it up.

But, alas...
For a few weeks, it will have to lay dormant. It will sit neatly on my school hutch softly beckoning me to flip through its pages. It will daily whisper its invitation and I will resolutely shake my head.



"Nope," I'll say. "I must finish out this year first. When I've turned the final page of THIS year's school calendar, I'll start laying all my plans down in you."

I'll wistfully stare at all its pretty pages..dreaming of what is to come.

Since you already know the many reasons why I love my Well-Planned Day Planner and even why I love to pair it with the matching Student Planner in order to cultivate a self-motivated middle schooler.

And since I've already given you my step-by-step HOW TOs for planning an entire homeschool year including some summertime steps for school time prep, I'll not bore you with all the nitty-gritty details. Instead, I'll just give you a quick photo tour of all-the-pretty. Here's a peek into my new planner. (Try not to drool on the pages. That could get a bit awkward for both of us.)

What's included in the 2016-2017 planner


Along with the 13 month-at-a-glance pages shown above from last year's calendar (July 2016-July 2017), the new 2016-2017 Well-Planned Day Planner includes the following pages:


  • 12 Shopping List sheets-with 6 lists per page


  • 12 Books to Read, Field Trips/Activities, Monthly Bills forms


  • 18 Blank "Notes"-for miscellaneous note taking or journaling


  • Week-by-week planner pages-that include planning slots for 7 subjects for 4 students, a weekly "priorities" list, a weekly dinner menu list, and a weekly organizational tip
  • 2 Semester Success sheets-for journaling about each semester


  • 8 Semester Attendance Reports-2 sheets for up to four students
  • 8 Semester Progress Reports-2 sheets for up to four students


  • 1 cardstock Report Card

And so much more...

In addition, you'll also find the following:
  • Daily Scripture reading suggestions
  • 1 Ten Ways to Use Your Well Planned Day Planner-an article detailing how best to use the planner
  • 1 Sample Planner two page spread
  • 1 Keepsake-for writing down school-year memories
  • 1 Staying in Touch-for keeping track of birthdates and anniversaries 
  • 1 Household Finances 
  • 1 Household Duties-for creating a weekly and monthly cleaning schedule
  • 1 Staying Connected-for documenting emergency contact information
  • 4 My Responsibility job charts
  • 1 Teacher Schedule-for creating an hour-by-hour daily schedule from 7am to 6:30pm
  • 4 Class Plans- for yearly curriculum planning
  • 4 Student Schedules-for creating an hour-by-hour daily schedule for kids
  • 1 Year-at-a-Glance calendar
  • 2 Semester Goals-for writing down learning objectives
  • 12 Homeschool related magazine-style articles

The freedom of a plan

I've used the Well-Planned Day Planner for the past five years. In that time, I've learned how to "dump" all my thoughts onto the page in a well-organized way allowing my school plans to work on autopilot for the entire year. Having a plan in place gives me freedom. I can be free from the what-are-we-going-to-do-today stress. I can be free to meander away from the plan as often as I like. I can be free to to add lots of "jazz hands" to the norm.

I no longer have to expel mental energy trying to keep everything straight. Decision fatigue is a thing of the past.

A few more things you should know

*****UPDATE*****
Since reviewing this planner, it has come to my attention that some of the planners have been shipped out from the company with printing errors in them; dates missing and/or incorrect calendars. I apologize if you ordered one and received a misprint. Please contact The Well-Planned Gal with any customer service questions. It is never my intention to recommend ANY defective products. I have used The Well-Planned Day Planner for years and have never been anything but extremely satisfied with it. 

Wanna win one?

Now's your chance to grab your very own copy of the 2016-2017 Well-Planned Day Planner a matching student planner and a one year subscription to Family Magazine...for FREE!  Just follow the simple instructions from Rafflecopter. There are several chances to enter.  Just click on the +sign for every entry you wish to make.

No purchase necessary to win.  Must be 18 years old or older and have a US address to enter.  Six winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter and announced sometime after Saturday, June 4, 2016.  The winners will be notified by email and will have 72 hours to respond.  If emails are not provided or the winners do not respond, the prize(s) will be forfeited and a new winner(s) will be randomly selected.  This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook.


***Mandatory Entry: To enter, be sure to leave a comment in the "comments" section of this post telling me what part of your homeschool day/year could use the most organizing.  (Remember, simply leaving a comment does not ensure entry.  You also have to click the +1 after you have commented.)



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To check out the other planners of homeschooling mommas, be sure to check out the list at iHomeschool Network.

55 comments:

  1. "Inside...I found my brain...neatly shrink-wrapped and ready for use."
    I love that! I too feel like I have lost my mind when I don't reference my planner through the day. This looks like a lovely one!

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  2. I've been looking for a good planner for our homeschool (and my life! :o) ) that allows me to keep track of my personal items as well as my kids school work for each week, and this looks like a great fit!

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  3. I need help with the bigger picture planner. I do alright with day to day planning, but not with planning out our whole year and making sure we cover what we want to or have to. I've recently watched a couple of your videos about planning and they have been really helpful! Thank you for the chance to win this planner! Tammy

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  4. Every single part of my year could use more planning....The hard part is I will have three under four in september...so thats the biggest challenge. My older two are going to be 4th and 2nd graders. :)

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  5. This fall will be our first year homeschooling, so I think every area needs organizing! I am a paper planner kind of gal so this would be perfect for me to keep track of all four of my kids.

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  6. These look amazing!! I've drooled over them from a far! They look even better after this post. The place I need more help is planning out and acting upon those creative, fund ideas I get. Putting them into action in my home. Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. I could use more organizing with keeping all of my childrens' grading on track. I'll grade one child, then I'll have fallen behind with another. Meal planning gets a little crazy around here too.

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  8. We are switching to a year round schedule so planning seems overwhelming right now. Since my triplets will be middle school I think the student planner would be very beneficial.

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  9. Hi! I have heard so many good things about this planner from other homeschool moms, including you, Jamie! I would love to win this because I need more space for organization in a planner. This looks absolutely perfect! I struggled with fitting everything in my Walmart planner this year for my two kids. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this raffle drawing!

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  10. My entire homeschool needs more organization. 4 kids and still a rookie at this homeschooling business, I am planning on buying this planner anyway. It would be better to win it!

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  11. What a wonderful giveaway!! I need to organize our whole year. I'm new at this and organizing would be a huge help and blessing. I wish we lived closed so I could sit down with you one day lol but the planner would sure help. Xx

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  12. I think planning all the non-homeschool stuff into my day is the hardest for me. The meal planning and things to do list would be great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I don't utilize this planet to its full capability, but it definitely helps me keep my head screwed on straight. I've used it the last couple years and I love it! I would say meal planning is what I would like to organize most.

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  14. I don't utilize this planet to its full capability, but it definitely helps me keep my head screwed on straight. I've used it the last couple years and I love it! I would say meal planning is what I would like to organize most.

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  15. I need more help with day-by-day planning. I would LOVE to have a way to see an overview of the year making it easier to break it down into chunks. I also need help with organizing portfolio items and paperwork. Thank you.

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  16. I need to organize my mornings.

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  17. Anyone have a reccomendation for a all year round homeschool planner

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  18. This will be my first year homeschooling, and I would love to use this planner to help pace myself throughout the year! Thanks for the giveaway and all of your wonderful content!

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  19. Honestly, the part of the school year that I need the most help with organization and planning is the summer before the new school year. Trying to get my thoughts all together for what I want/need to do before the school year starts is the worst!

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  20. This looks so neat. I would love this to organize my school year:)

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  21. Lots could use organizing but mainly grades and daily tasks!

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  22. I would love this planner! I would use it to make our day to day go smoothly and to pace out whole school year balanced with all the other ins and outs of taking care of our home and family!

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing pictures of some of the features. I was looking at this planner on Amazon just last week.

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  24. Beautiful planner! I need a place for daily reminders and to-do's. I'm drowning in post-it notes.

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  25. Ugh! After noon... I need help!! It's like everyone is melting down and can't seem to stay on top of dinner either!!! So excited for this new planner!!!

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  26. Having everything organized in one place would be awesome! My days are organized but my planners are not.... Lol

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  27. I tried this planner this past school year, and as the year went on, I got away from it. My goal for next year is to use it more diligently and better keep organized with lessons for the day, week, month. Also, I do meal plan, so I am going to try to keep my meal plans in the planner to help eliminate how many notebooks I have going at one time.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  28. I need to do a much better job of loosely planning out our whole year and then transferring that to better weekly plans. Thanks! Love your blog!

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  29. I'll be homeschooling 2 for the first time this year, and could definitely use some help keeping track of both students.

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  30. Two of my children will be in high school next year, so I really need to stay on top of their schedules. Thank you!

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  31. I bought this planner because of your recommendation for the last school year. It was wonderful! It was so helpful to have a space to "dump all my brain clutter" and than refer back to. Unfortunately, due to family finances I cannot purchase one for the upcoming school year. However, I am confident that God will provide. Thank you so much for your tips, suggestions, and especially your encouragement, Jamie.

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  33. I love this planner! I have used it in the past. It will come handy next year as I will have PreK, K, and 4th grade students!! Jamie, your Blog is truly a blessing from God to the Homeschooling community!!!!

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  34. This looks beautiful! Right now I have notes and things going into so many different notebooks, and that gets confusing for me. I would love to have just one planner that could handle it all!

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  35. I have been looking at these planners for some time now. I really think they would help us in our schooling just can't find the money in the budget for one.

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  36. I think planning the fun things (projects, experiments, field trips) so they happen more regularly. Also more time working on skills with my tot.

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  37. I LOVE this planner! We desperately need something new for next school year.
    I need a planner to better lay out our afternoon curriculum. It's too easy to get off course after morning. Thank you for the opportunity!! :)

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  38. I'll be homeschooling our four next year for the first time, so I don't know for sure what part could use organizing...all of it, I guess!! I'll check your blog often, Jamie, for ideas. :)
    P.S. I had already spotted this planner and planned to buy it, but it would be super fun to win it!

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  39. I find that after lunch being the hardest part of our day.

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  40. We are just starting homeschooling and the whole thing needs much more organizing. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  41. I need to get more organized with just about everything. I usually print out a simple weekly planner on Word, but this year I've really dropped the ball. I would love to have a planner for more than just the academics, like keeping track of and scheduling field trips and other extras.

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  42. This would be helpful if only because I am STILL trying to figure out the most effective way to plan our school time. Honestly, I would just love to have all the plans in one, nice, neat, little package instead of a few places. :0)

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  43. I'm a mess....all my homeschooling needs planning. I need to look at something and do what it tells me to do without having to remember every detail :)

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  44. I need to know how to plan now for more than one child as my Kindergartner graduates from the Montessori program he's been attending and will join my 8yo and I at home next school year.

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  45. We are pretty flexible with our homeschool which is one wonderful thing about homeschooling. We do school year round and the #1 thing I want to work on next year is planning my breaks!!! Everyone needs a break every now and then! Thank you for your wonderful blog that is filled with encouragement and advice Jamie!!

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  46. We have been homeschooling for three years, and we love it. We are great at showing up each day and putting in the hours covering various books and workbooks. What I struggle with is lesson planning, special projects, and scheduling everything.

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  47. I need help with planning fun things into our week. We tend to get basics done but never have time for art and other interests. My middle schooler could defiantly use the student planner.

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  48. This will be out first year homeschooling so we could use organization in every aspect to help us get off on the right foot.

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  49. I just found you on youtube and Facebook. I desperately need this planning tool!

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  50. I need help planning day to day activities and also year long goals. Would love to win!

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  51. This looks like a great planner! The one I currently use doesnt have enough room for both of my children.

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  52. I am new to Homeschooling and need a way to keep track of Curriculum and the rest of our lives including an infant, appointments, bills, and a Home-based Business.

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  53. I could be more organized all the way around

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