View Poll Results: Poll: Are you using something to schedule/organize your kids school year?

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  • Yes- online paid program like Homeschool Tracker Plus

    9 13.64%
  • Yes- online free program, Homestracker Tracker Basic

    5 7.58%
  • Yes- something like Google Spreadsheet (thanks Topsy for that idea)

    7 10.61%
  • Yes- old fashion daily planner~ ya know the paper kind

    20 30.30%
  • No- you mean you have to plan out something

    17 25.76%
  • Other

    8 12.12%
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    Default Weekly Poll: Are you using something to schedule/organize your kids school year ?

    Again, it seems like there are people who are SUPER organized,others well like me who try to stay organize (well until the ADD kicks in) and still others who could care less I have personally tried everything to keep us organized and on track of what I know we need to get done for the day. It is usually a "to-do list" that gets us to remember those important tasks that needs to get done in a day. This works for me, mostly because I like to cross things out!

    This year since the oldest is going to be a 9th grader I will need to "get" organized for no other reason than to be able to write his transcript and course descriptions if he chooses to go to college. Just wondering, who else was in this boat and what you are using??
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    I choose "other" because none of these answers fit me. I am very organized and the full year is scheduled (but flexible) in advance. I use a table format in Word to organize our school schedule. One week = one table. One table per page. One block = one day. A block for recording grades and a block for any notes. Each class entry has a "check box" to mark when completed. Tests are highlighted in red, everything else for grade is highlighted in yellow. Videos are highlighted and so are anything that requires to be done outside the home (field trips, and trips to the library). It is easy to just cut and paste when something has to move do a different day.

    I'm with ya on the course descriptions and transcript thing. We are creating a "course catalog" as we go along. Sonny will be doing 10th grade this coming school year.
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    Ok you are so organized!! I wish I could be a fly on the wall when you are getting that done to take notes My plan is to get as much scheduled as possible over our break that way I can tweak it on the days that something else comes up I think I might have us OVER scheduled again this year((SIGH)) oh well they are only young once why not let them experience as much as possible, and BONUS I get to learn stuff too thanks for the detailed info on what you use!!
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    I'm not THAT organized, but i use microsoft office, which I have (havent ever checked out google aps and didnt read the article you posted about it). For our history program I did make a grid in excel to coordinate the various sources we are using.

    Then I also use a word table for each week - but its pretty simple. Orion's math and LA programs we just do about 20-30 minutes of, so I just put 'Orion math' or "Orion grammar" in the block - and I let Raven to T4L free-style while I'm working w/ Orion - no assignments.

    Then I fill in the pages from whatever history books we'll be using that week in to the word doc. and block out any appointments, classes, trips and figure out how to shift things. We dont do tests, so thats not an issue.
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    See Cara, I try ever so hard to stay organized all year long BUT I am afraid that I just lose interest! Maybe I should blog about it so everyone can kick my butt every time I start slacking!! We don't really do tests either but I might have to start the spelling tests again, after our end of the year testing showed not much improvement;( thanks for sharing!! I love to see how others get organized I wonder if there is a magic pill to make me keep it up!
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    I don't do much organizing ahead of time, aside from some notes. I made a list of notes in a word document for our "summer curriculum" and then each day I still just write everything down in my "daily log" in another word document.
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    I picked the free version of tracker but I've decided that I want to go back to individual written agendas for this year-It is more work for me but the girls respond to them better.

    The first year that we were home they went to PS for the first few days and they were given their agendas....so we just used them but then I tried to switch to HS Tracker this past year and things just went out the window! If anything I will just buy them each a small calendar.
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    I do take breaks when we get burnt out, but try to stick to 2 weeks in june, sept, and dec, and a week somewhere in the spring. I hate organizing but NOTHING happens if i'm not organized . . . and the boys start fighting. So i force myself. Also some days we do videos for history, so thats much easier.
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    I print out a weekly schedule and hand write what we accomplished each day. Mostly we either just follow along in our curricula, or we follow bunny paths as we feel like it, so there's not much pre-planning needed. Of course, with only one (young) child, it's much simpler than juggling various needs and requirements.
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    Um. I jot down notes on our calendar. If we went somewhere field-trip status worthy, I jot that down after the fact. And I have a little thing that says our general commitments each day written at the top of the thing - but that's more for dh, who will be like, "Can I take the kids to such and such this morning?" and I'm like, "Don't you know we have co-op every single Monday? What's wrong with you?" I don't write down anything about curricula or anything like that. That smacks of... effort.
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