July is here! Do you know what that means? Time to start thinking about school in the fall! I’ll be talking now and then about some of my favorite books, resources, and ideas for home educators over the next couple of months. First up are two things that are on my must-have list! The Well Planned Day Homeschool Planner from Home Educating Family, and The Homeschool Experiment by Charity Hawkins.


You may not be surprised that I mentioned The Well Planned Day. Before I ever started writing for Home Educating Family, I fell in love with this planner! I cannot imagine trying to homeschool my kids without it. It includes pages for keeping track of the curriculum and books that I use for each of my kids, and you can also keep track of their schedule and grades. There’s a two-page monthly calendar, followed by weekly calendars. The monthly calendar is great for keeping track of appointments, trips, and such. The weekly calendars have plenty of room for planning out each day’s assignments for up to 4 students. Have I mentioned the holiday planning pages? They are a huge help when I’m trying to keep my Christmas lists organized! I also love the page of tear-out shopping lists for each month. The Well-Planned Day is also one of the most attractive homeschool planners that I’ve come across. I’ve just started my fifth year using these planners, and I have no intention of switching anytime soon!

Why did I put a novel on my must-have list? Well, the first time I read The Homeschool Experiment, I felt like it was a book written to moms like me! Homeschooling can be tough, and some days it seems overwhelming. Julianne is the homeschooling mom in the story, and I feel like I could sit down over coffee or tea and get along wonderfully with her! This book shows the good, the bad, and the messy when it comes to parenting and home educating. I read this book every summer because I always feel encouraged and come away with a few good ideas to try out myself. Julianne is a mom to younger kids, so parents of high-schoolers may not get as much out of it as I do, but I’ll bet they would still get a laugh out of remembering what it was like back when they had little ones in the house!

Now it’s your turn… What books or resources are at the top of your list for home educators?

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