Fall Planning Sheets

I use this full color document as my main lesson plan to which I refer throughout the quarter. Creating this Fall Quarter only took me a few hours. I do this four times a year and voila my planning is done!

Here’s how I do it:
  1. Make a table in Word, Excel, Publisher or any program you want with 10 rows and as many columns as you have subjects.
  2. Fill in the row headings by numbering from 1-9 (representing weeks one through 9)
  3. Fill in the column headings by adding each subject you’ll be studying for the quarter.
  4. Highlight each column and add background color if you’d like.
  5. Start to fill in the columns with what you need to accomplish each week. For example, Saxon 6/5 has 120 lessons in the book. I divide 120 lessons by our 36 week school year. If I do 4 Saxon 6/5 lessons per week, I will finish on time (or even a little early!). Do this with each subject.
  6. I use this replica of the Fall Quarter without all the color as my weekly guide. The white background makes it easier for me to check off or highlight what I’ve already accomplished. I can easily see what needs to be done before the week is over.

When I get everything set up for the quarter, I copy one week at a time into my Weekly Assignment Sheet. I have a section for Notes where I add interesting websites I want to visit, videos to watch, or other ideas I have pertaining to a subject for the week. Below the Notes section I have an area for each child and for the three of them together (we do many subjects as a group). This section is broken down into days of the week.

Weekly Menu Planning

Planning out a menu for an entire week at a time will not only save you time and money, it will minimize the worry over what you’re preparing for any given day.  Menu planning takes me about 20 minutes.  Here’s how I do it:

Get your favorite grocery store’s circular ad (almost always available online if  the print copy isn’t delivered to you).

Sit down with your circular, a pencil, and a piece of paper.  If having a warm cup of tea, a plate of cookies, and putting your feet up will help this task feel relaxing to you then by all means indulge!

Scan the circular for sales on which you’d like to stock up and what meats are specially priced. Using a small piece of paper, which will be hung on your fridge,  note what meals & sides you’d like to make for 6 or 7 days worth of food based on the sale items offered in the circular.  (We usually do a leftover day)  Take heed of  special nights on your family’s calendar where a quick or portable meal is needed & plan accordingly.

Check your pantry!

Be sure to quickly check your pantry and fridge for items that need to be used up before they spoil.   Avoid a second trip to the grocery store by making sure that you have items stocked in your cabinets.

Start your list.

On a separate piece of paper, make a list of every item you’ll need for the week, including cleaning, hygiene, and household supplies.  I like to set up my list by aisle in the store.  For example, I’ll list all the produce items first because that is what’s in aisle 1 of my grocery store.  Ordering in this manner will save you valuable time in the store by making your trip more efficient.

Shop once (and don’t go in hungry!).

Once your list is set up, make your way to the store.  Never shop on an empty stomach to avoid impulse purchases.  Oh, and be quite sure that your excellent husband, should he be joining you, is also well fed.  Husbands can be budget busters!

Get through the store in an efficient manner by using your ordered grocery list.  STICK TO THE LIST!  Try not to add this or that unless you find a bargain you’d like to take advantage of.  Get everything you need so you don’t have to make a trip back to the store until next week.

Reuse your list.

If you’ve had a successful week of meals that your family enjoyed, file that list and save yourself the planning next time around!