How I discovered the Happy Planner for homeschool planning

I love planners, y’all. You know that. I’ve been planning my homeschool for years, and this marks our 11th year since I began teaching my oldest kindergarten. Throughout the years I’ve never been able to get away from planning (although I’ve markedly jumped off the super planner bandwagon in order to find some solace and balance.)

I try not to get too crazy with it, but lately I’ve felt the need to step away from being a complete digital nomad and reach out for something more tangible. This year I’ve chosen to use the Happy Planner to help me accomplish my planning goals.

So I happened to be browsing the shelves at Michaels craft store over the summer, and lo and behold…planners were on sale. Of course, I got really excited about what the Happy Planner for homeschool planning could do for our family.

Why I chose the Happy Planner

In years past, I’ve used a variety of planners- from Target, Rainbow Resource, digital printables, and faith-based homeschool companies. But after a lot of research I found what I was looking for, so long as I tweaked just a few things. Here’s what the Happy Planner provided me:

  • Beauty. Every page, every layout, every graphic element is simply beautiful…and I need this to keep me motivated when planning my weeks.
  • Memories. I love how each month provides a place for me to record what I’m up to that month: movies I’m watching, books I’m reading,  songs I’m listening to, goals unique to the month. It’s like a mini memory-keeper.
  • Enough room to plan courses. Each little block of the Teacher’s Planner gives me just enough space to write up my daily and weekly plans for one student. I figured out a way to tweak my planner so that I have an additional space for my younger daughter also.
  • Grade Log Book.  As I mentioned, I’m using the Teacher version which helps with laying out my classes for each of my kids. I also purchased an extra add-on to serve as my grade log. This, by far, has been keeping me on track with my high school junior’s grades this semester.
  • A physical book. This year, rather than relying on my Google Classroom and Google Drive only, I really just needed a physical planner to write in, mark up, color, design in, and record  whatever I needed. A physical planner has been a wonderful complement to the records I already keep in my Drive.

Watch my video below to see how I’m tweaking the Teacher Planner to use for both my daughters this year.

Are you using planners, and if so, how they have been helpful in your homeschooling? 


About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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