Last week, I realized just how much I have grown to love my new online planner. I have NEVER been one to use any online organizational tools. I love my journals. I love my pen and paper lists. I have been slow to make any change to that. But, I’ll be honest. I am too busy for them now. God has given me many opportunities, and it has become very clear that I need to make the best use of my time possible.
I had become terribly disorganized. I hated that! I hated feeling like my school and work were running me, instead of me running them. I hated the many times we didn’t get through everything we needed to scholastically, because I would start chasing other things.. or forget where I left off… or just get too overwhelmed to care. Have you ever been there?
I had been searching for a way to manage my homeschool online, but I had not found anything that I liked for ME. You see, it HAD to be easy. It could not be overwhelming or intimidating, for I knew that I didn’t have time to try to figure it out. I had already run from some other programs that I had tested, because I was overwhelmed by them. Finally, though, I found one that I really, really liked!
One afternoon last week, as I looked at my (relatively) clean desk and my (relatively) clean office, I posted the following on our Facebook page that honestly poured from a heart that was so grateful to finally have some order in my life that I couldn’t stay quiet about it:
There is no way to make this not sound like a promotion, BUT I am sitting here, finishing school again with a real sense of accomplishment that I didn’t have last semester. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the new online planner we are offering through Teach Them Diligently. It has made this crazy busy homeschool mama of 4 so much more organized, which has made our crazy busy homeschool SO much more peaceful. I know where we’re going; and when life throws us curveballs, I can easily change the dates on things. Please, PLEASE check it out– it’s FREE for 3 whole months with your registration, and I really believe it will be as big of a blessing to you and your family as it has been to ours! If you have already registered, sign back into your account to claim your planner!!
What is the Teach Them Diligently Planner and how does it work?
Teach Them Diligently has partnered with My Homeschool Grades to bring our attendees a great and easy online homeschool planner. As part of each family registration, we are offering a free trial membership for three months. It is a $15 value–for three months–and we are confident that once you start utilizing this resource for your homeschool you will not want to use anything else.
Want to take a peek at mine?
This is how I am greeted early every morning as I prepare for the day… and yes, my second son is often upside down, so this picture fits him perfectly. (He was actually stuck in a toddler slide set at a playground… I had to take a picture for future use before helping him out.)
I then click on the documents tab at the top of the page to print their assignment sheet for the day. Their sheet helps them– and me!– stay on track. For my oldest son, who is in 8th grade, I have him note his time on task for each assignment. That helps him to learn where he is wasting time and helps me to see areas that he may need more help. At the end of the day, they turn in their assignment sheet with their assignments. We grade the material together, correcting anything that they need help with and then I register their grades. My planner averages the grades and gives me up to date information on where they stand. It is SO easy!
The daily assignment sheets look like this, and I have added extra things like “piano practice” to our lists each day to help remind us not to forget those important elements of our day.
If you have registered, I hope you’ll log back into your account to activate your 3-month FREE TRIAL of the planner. I believe it will bring more order to your days just like it has brought to mine. If you have not registered, we have good news for you!! We are now able to offer the Planner to you as well– just without the 3-month trial period. You can order the planner HERE. It does come with a 30-day money back guarantee, so you really have nothing to lose!
Does your life and your homeschool need more order? I am confident you’ll find this planner provides a great fix!