My favorite pages were next. I have never seen this in a planner before and it intrigued me. A blank, year-at-a-glance, two-page-spread that has room to write little tidbits of info. I experimented with months already passed to decide just exactly how this would work for me. It seems most useful for big, important things and events that take up chunks of time. But I also loved that I could jot down the number of weeks we had been in school. This is a quick and easy way to see where we are and when we will finish certain subjects if we stay on track.
Next there are some pages for recording character and academic goals, and resources needed for each student individually as well as a page for family priorities. I haven't used any of these pages, but since they are mostly blank I know that I can adapt them and use them for other information if I need to.
Next is a collection of two-page spreads for 12 months. Again, these are blank, so it doesn't matter when you start your school year, you just fill in the first month and go. Each month has a place for jotting notes, an inspiring quote, and a Scripture verse.
And now we come to the weekly pages. What I consider the heart of the planner. These are pages where I spent the most time and got the most use. First, there is a place for planning-ahead. This is another two-page spread.
The other half of the spread is a journal, of sorts, to record "Memorable Moments" and "Evidences of Grace". I enjoyed jotting down little things as they happened. This page will be great to look back on see the highlights of our year!
Each "week in advance" spread is followed by "the week that is" two-page spread. I was able to use this exactly the way I use my own home-made planners. I write down everything that needs to be done that day with the initial of the child that needs to do it. For example, math is followed by K N D A because everyone does math. But photography just has K N because the little kids don't do photography. Spanish is on there twice, with two different sets of initials because Kaytie and Nate do a computer program for Spanish and Daniel and Abbie work with me on a different program. If it is something we do as a group, I don't bother with initials. If it is something we do differently every day and I'm pulling resources from different places, like History or Geography, then I put those on the bottom so I have space to add details. I also put our afternoon events on the very bottom. That way I don't suddenly remember at 3pm that we were supposed to meet friends at the park at 2pm! It's so embarrassing when that happens!
This is how we stay on track and get everything done on a daily basis. I use a pencil to cross out items when we finish them. If it isn't crossed out, I know we still need to get it done. Sometimes, we don't get to everything, but with this record, I can easily look back and see what we are consistently not doing. Then I can figure out why and how to fix the problem.
I also have room to write notes to myself for that week. I can jot down things I need to buy for a history project or science experiment. Or I can write down review products that I need to be sure we work into our day. If a product doesn't replace something we are already doing, then we put it at the end of our daily schedule, so I need to be sure that we are consistently working on it!
The end of the book has a place for grades and scores for each student. (I think I forgot to say that this planner accommodates up to six kids), pages to record reading lists, field trips, and year-end review notes. Of these, the only ones I have made use of so far is the reading lists. I had lists made out for Kaytie and Nate on just regular notebook paper. Not only do they never use them, I can't exactly find Kaytie's at this time. :) This is handier, because I won't lose them and I can show them where they are and they can reference them as needed.