When I see posts about how to plan your homeschool year and they involve several weeks of time or massive teacher plan books or huge crates of folders, I say to myself, “There’s a better way!” If complicated homeschool planning makes you question whether or not you’re up to this homeschool gig, then consider the simple approach. Once and done. You can plan your whole year in an afternoon, even if you have multiple kids. The best tool I’ve found for helping me and the kids all stay organized and on task is Trello. Let me show you how it’s done.
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But first, in order to organize your whole homeschool year in Trello, you will have to do some preliminary planning on paper. You’ll need to have a general idea of the homeschool style that fits you and your kids the best. You will also want to narrow in on some curriculum choices. >>Click here to sign up for our newsletter and download the Homeschool Styles & Curriculum Guide from our FREE resource library<<
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One of the reasons I love Trello is because it is absolutely FREE. You can do everything you need to do on Trello to plan and organize your homeschool year and never pay a dime.
Create a Master Board for each Child
For each child, you will create a Master Board that includes every subject they need to work on each week.
Create Weekly and Daily Task Cards
Inside the Master Board, you will create task cards, some assigned “weekly,” which means your kids (or you) can assign them to particular days to fit your schedule. You will want some task cards to show up daily, like math. Weekly categories are great for catching those assignments that you want your kids to cover, but you might not necessarily have time to fit it in each day. Do you want them to practice typing? Practice states & capitals? How about a reading comprehension assignment? These are all great candidates for the weekly list. If you want them to complete an artist study twice each week, then create two cards for this under your weekly heading. Then your child can drag and drop to the specific day they will complete the assignment.
Another benefit of using Trello to plan your year is that you’re never behind! If you have an unexpected appointment on Tuesday, you won’t have to scribble everything out in your big teacher planner (because you shouldn’t need to have one anyway!). Instead, just drag and drop tasks from Tuesday onto other days if you need to reschedule. Truth bomb: Don’t let your schedule control you.
Copy the Master Board each week
Once you’ve created a Master Board for each child, 99% of your homeschool planning is done for the entire year!
Here’s all you have to do weekly to stay organized with Trello:
- Copy the master board and rename it with your child’s name and the date (Suzie 9/5-9).
- Your child will check off assignments as he does them during the school week. He will always know what needs to be done daily and weekly, because it is all straightforward and organized on his personal Trello board for the week. At any point, you can log in and check on his progress. Your children won’t need to ask you what to work on next. The answer is “Look on your Trello board.”
- On Friday, or whenever your school week is done, close out the weekly board (Suzie 9/5-9). It will archive it, which means you won’t have to see it cluttering up your Trello home page, but if you need to access it again to verify some content on the board, you can still find it.
- Copy the master board again and rename it for the coming week.
- Enjoy your weekend – no homeschool planning needed!