Planning the Perfect Homeschool Day {and Day 3 giveaway!}

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Today is Day 3 of the 10 Days of Back to Homeschool Giveaways. If you missed the first two day, find them here. Today’s giveaway is brought to you by the Well Planned Gal {formerly Home Educating Family}, and in addition to giving away 20 copies of her amazing Well Planned Day Homeschool Family Planner, she has written a great article about planning your homeschool day and it includes a FREE eBook at the end! Check it out…


I’ll start Monday. Yes, Monday is a good day to start things anew. It is the best time to start a new diet or a new routine for exercise, better eating or early morning devotions. Best of all, Monday is the day I will, once again, dive into my planner and set a course for the “perfect” homeschool day. My children will delightfully acknowledge and properly respond to my wishes, yes, on Monday that is. For today it is Tuesday, and so I will start next Monday.

Have you ever had that conversation with yourself? Best intentions in mind, you start out on Monday and by the very next day things have already fallen out of sorts and you are justifying why you should wait until the following Monday to start anew?


As a young mother of three little girls, our home would not be complete without all three VHS videos of Anne of Green Gables. Tea party table set up, delicate cookies to snack on, and dressed up like princesses, the girls and I would spend the afternoon on Prince Edward Island.

I’ll never forget the moment I heard the statement from Ms. Stacy, “Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it . . . well with no mistakes in it yet.”

The thought had not occurred to me before. Tomorrow is always the best time to start anew, try it again, and give it another go.  So why do we put off the tomorrow for the next Monday?

One of my favorite authors, Martin Lloyd Jones, a minister of the early twentieth century stated it best:

Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you.  Now this man’s treatment [the Psalmist in Psalm 42] was this; instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul?’ he asks. His soul has been depressing him, crushing him.  So he stands up and says: ‘Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you.’  Do you know what I mean?  If you do not, you have had but little experience. 

Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart, and even with the best intentions our schedules and routines can end up in the ditch. What to do? Tell yourself to start again tomorrow. Yes, it’s as simple as that.


Here’s an easy yet effective tool that I have used as I have planned, failed, evaluated, and then planned again.

Get out a pencil and a piece of paper. On the vertical jot down the times of the day, from the moment your feet hit the floor until it’s night-night time, in increments of thirty minutes. On the horizontal, begin outlining the most important part of the day: meals! You gotta feed the kiddos if you expect to have any type of order. Next, jot down any commitments outside the home like piano, soccer, baseball, drama, co-op, etc.


You are almost ready to schedule in the homeschooling but first, stop for a moment and just stare. Stare hard and let it sink in, asking yourself this important question: Am I over-scheduling myself before adding our schooling to the schedule?

As homeschooling has become mainstream, it has also become more convoluted with a plethora of available activities. Socialization, exercise, and outings are important and have their place, but the primary purpose of education is . . . drum roll please, you don’t want to miss it . . . education. That’s right, if you are homeschooling, it’s pretty important to actually school the kids.


Getting back to the horizontal, begin assigning the most difficult and time consuming subjects first, then proceed to the remaining subjects. Remember to leave room for breaks and cuddling time over a good book on the couch.

The next morning, your tomorrow, post the schedule on the fridge and give it a try. As you go, you will see where adjustments can and should be made. It’s not a big deal, your investment at this point is a piece of paper and a pencil.


In the evening, get a fresh piece of paper, and try again, including your adjustments. Try again and in a few days, if needed, make a few more adjustments. Days turn into weeks, and weeks into months.

Children grow, schedules change, and life throws you a curve ball every so often, but in the end, planning a successful day (okay, we’ll try for a decent day) of homeschooling is as simple as a piece of paper, a pencil, and a tomorrow.

Find out more about the Well Planned Routine in this free eBook. Click here to download your free copy now.

In honor of the 10 Days of Back to Homeschool Giveaways, the Well Planned Gal, is giving away 20 copies of the Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner- the original homeschool planner. The encouraging articles, beautiful design, and intuitive layout will help you make the most of your time, so you have more time for the things that matter most.


This planner is packed with all kinds of goodies! Here are just a few of the features:

  • space to create a daily school schedule for up to four students
  • a place to craft your own daily/weekly teacher schedule
  • the ability to plan or record lessons on our spacious two-page weekly layout
  • forms to track books read, field trips taken, attendance

The planner offers helpful home management sections such as an address book, a greeting card registry for birthdays and anniversaries, a one-year Bible reading plan, tear-out shopping lists, weekly priorities, dinner planning, and a special holiday gift organization section…plus so much more!

This planner is valued at $26.95 each and we are giving away 20 copies!! To enter to win a copy, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. All entries will be verified. Open to US residents only. The winners will be announced on 9/8/16. Good luck!
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This Post Has 64 Comments

  1. I would love to win this so I can have a planned out day for my 2 homeschool kids. A 5th grader and a Pre-K!

  2. I’ve been wanting one of these for awhile

  3. I think I am a planner junkie… but this one looks awesome. 🙂

  4. I would like to win this planner because my homeschooling family is in need of some serious organization! With 3 kids, a husband, and 3 businesses, I need all the help I can get!

  5. I’d love to win one of these planners to help organize our homeschool day. Though I use the electronic calendar on cozi for family activities, I love handwriting out a plan for our 9 children. I have yet to settle on a planner I love. Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. I have been looking at these and wishing I could try one. I have a small planner I picked up at the store to try and so far I am liking the way it is working. I have 5 kids in school this year, plus a preschooler, so you can imagine how “organization” is important to be able to help our days flow smoothly.

  7. First year homeschooling! This would be a great help!

  8. This would be so helpful to get on a schedule.

  9. This is a lovely book

  10. I really good use a good planner that helps me keep track of not only school stuff but family stuff as well

  11. I have been looking into planners. I think this one would really help me!

  12. Newbie here! Just what I need!?

  13. I have been wanting One of these!! This would be an awesome prize to win!

  14. Thanks for all the things to think about!

  15. Very nice!

  16. Would love one!!

  17. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway. It would be very helpful to me.

  18. Thank you for offering several copies of this planner in your giveaway. So very generous!! I always feel so much better about our school day when everything is written down and planned! Especially with three kiddos. Organization is key for us and we’ve been searching for a great planner! We hope to win! If not, we will purchase-it looks great!!

  19. I need to get organized!

  20. I used one of these planners the last two years, but I have not gotten one yet this

  21. I think this would really help me get organized! Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. We are starting school in a new house in a new state. New schedule and new regulations. Could use a new system of organization too!

  23. Would really help with organization!

  24. I need a planner! I have one for this calendar year but I need something for school. I feel like I am always behind.

  25. I need some help with organization of our homeschool schedule! And it’s just plain pretty! ?

  26. Yes! Please! I need one of these for our first year. Seems like so far I need help getting organized, I am always forgetting what it is that I had planned and I don’t want our first year to be overwhelming!

  27. This looks like it would be great for our homeschool

  28. Our lives have gotten more complicated with a high schooler and a middle schooler. This planner would help us get some order to our schedules.

  29. I could use it to help me through my days, and schedule. With 7 children it is not easy.

  30. I don’t have a planner for this school year yet and every year seems to get busier! From the description on the Well Planned Gal’s site, the planner shows how much thought and effort have gone into designing this planner to truly be useful to the homeschool family.

  31. I need to get organized!

  32. I need to be more organized. This would totally help!

  33. I purchased the On the Go planner a couple of years ago and fell in love with the format and beautiful artwork. This year’s book looks just as lovely.

  34. I am an old fashioned paper and pencil type of gal and since we lost everything including all of our homeschooling materials in a horrible fire, I can definitely use a new planner.

  35. I want to win because I’m so unorganized, I don’t even know where to start planning 😉 Our family schedule makes planning difficult. We start every single day anew!

  36. I need this!! I need to have a schedule so, so bad! Thank you for the tips in this post on how to get started in a very simple way! So helpful!

  37. We would LOVE THIS! We are brand new to homeschooling and need all of the planning help we can get!

  38. I have used one in the past and like having plans written down on paper to see.

  39. Because who doesn’t enjoy a well planned day 😉

  40. this would be a great help getting our year organized!

  41. school isnt going so well this year for my daughters grade, and we are considering homeschooling, so I really need this to get myself organized from thestart and to stay on track!

  42. I would love to win a planner because I don’t currently have one, but really need one this year!

  43. I would love to find something that works to organize me and my kids.

  44. I’m hoping that this will be my last in a long line of planners.

  45. I need some serious planning help!

  46. I would like to be able to teach my boys how to plan their day better.

  47. I really need this. I would like to be more organised in our day.

  48. I’d love to try this, it would be so helpful! More organization– yes!

  49. Wow that would be a great edition for any family. I know that it would keep me organized. It feels like some days nothing gets done!

  50. I would love to win a copy of the Well Planned Day Homeschool Family Planner because it would help me more organized
    Thank You

  51. This is the first year that I feel the need to include a planner in order to stay organized.

  52. I have been homeschooling for 15 years but am never organized! I would love to have this wonderful planner!

  53. I just decided to homeschool my 4 kiddos and don’t have a good planner yet. This looks so good.

  54. Because now that I am planning for a 5th grader and a 10th grader, more organization would certainly help!

  55. This would really help me to have a better planned homeschool and things would run a lot smoother for us. Thanks for the great giveaway and for the chance to win!!

  56. Saw these amazing planners at CHAP convention & have been dreaming of owning one since.

  57. I was just talking to my son and husband about needing a planner for this academic year.

  58. Planning is something
    I am trying to grow in constantly. I struggle finding resources and ideas and this planner looks amazing <3

  59. You sure look organized! Would love this binder to help get our homeschooling started!

  60. I am the least organized person I know. I need help with homeschool organization.

  61. I would love to win this planner because I don’t have one yet and I love the way this one is described and laid out! I really hope I win!!!

  62. I have not bought a planner yet so this would be such a blessing!

  63. I have used the Well Planned Day planner before, and having not had one the past two years, I really miss it.

  64. Thank you thank you thank you so very much!

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