How to Start a Bullet Journal for Homeschooling + FREE PRINTABLE

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Hi loves! It's Kate from @journalwithkate. Today I have some homeschooling tips for you guys. With everything that is going on in the world more and more people are thinking about homeschooling longer term. Lately a lot of parents have been forced to homeschool of some sort. It’s definitely a new situation for so many people who never really thought about homeschooling. I believe that the most effective and best tool for planning is to create your own. You’re never going to find a planner out there that is uniquely tailored to you and your children. Are you ready for some homeschooling spread Inspo and a free printable, then keep on reading!

The supplies I use: 

  • Journal: It's no surprise that my pick is the Archer and Olive journal. Since I've discovered these journals I never used another brand. These journals definitely bring me bujo peace! 
  • A pencil and an eraser: I always sketch my designs out before doing the line work. I'm OCD and therefore can't handle wonky lines. 
  • Fineliners: Make sure to use waterproof fineliners to avoid smearing. My favorites are the Unipins and the Copic Multiliners
  • Markers: I often use Tombow Dual brush pens to add a pop of color. In the spreads below I used the color 942. 

I like to start a fresh bullet journal with a key spread. Tasks can be marked with a regular dot  or a checkbox. To signify an event, a circle “o” is used. These usually represent the date of something that is going to occur or noting something significant that has already happened so you can remember it. Notes are marked with a dash “-“. These entries are for things you don’t want to forget such as ideas, thoughts, or facts.

There are so many different bullet journal spreads you can create in your journal. Here are some ideas for homeschooling spreads: 

  • Lesson Plans
  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Views
  • Master Schedule/ Master Chore List
  • Attendance
  • Gradebook
  • Menu Planning
  • Collections/ Ongoing Lists
  • Curriculum Lists
  • Booklists
  • Meal Lists
  • Important Events and Holidays
  • Budget
  • Notes
  • Mood Tracker

This is an example of a monthly overview where you jot down important events, holidays and appointments.

 

This is an example of a weekly schedule/ lesson plan. 

There are so many benefits to gain from using a bullet journal for homeschooling. It makes everything easier to have all your homeschool stuff in a nice little book. Plus it's just fun to get to buy another planner! 

Keep in mind that this is an unprecedented time and a historic moment for us and our children. They will tell stories to their children and grandchildren about what it was like to live and learn through the 2020 pandemic. Experimenting with homeschooling this fall can offer some certainty and continuity in what is otherwise a tumultuous time. Enjoy this time at home with your children and have fun planning this weird time in your bullet journal! 

I hope you find this blogpost helpful and you'll start creating functional homeschooling spreads in your journal! I'd love to see what you create, so tag me (@journalwithkate) and @archerandolive on Instagram. 

Good luck and have fun! 

You can download the printable here:

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