Last year we used workboxes for almost the whole year. We liked the system, but I got tired of keeping it up and filling the envelopes nightly. When I was planning for this year, I knew I wanted to do something different to organize our days.
In December, we started using weekly checklists and the girls and I both love them. Before, I was writing out a weekly plan for myself and most weeks we would end up moving things around to different days or spending a whole day doing nothing but science. At the same time, I could see that my eight-year-old was longing for some control over what activities she would accomplish each day.
Each of my girls now has a weekly checklist, which they can work through at their own pace and discretion. If all their work is done by Friday, we take Fridays off. If I’m working with one of the girls, the other one can find something independent to do on her list. Natalie learned very quickly that saving all her math lessons to do on Thursday was not a good plan…
We work together to plan out the week, including a nice mix of book lessons, time for interest-led projects, games, field trips, etc.
Any worksheets or resources the girls need for the week goes in a folder with the checklist. I store their completed work in the folders, too. When it is time to do my monthly summaries for our charter school, I can just pull the 4-5 weeks worth of folders and look back at what we did.
I’m feeling like this system might stick around for awhile. It seems to fit with our more laid-back, flexible daily rhythm.
Update: You can download our Weekly Checklist and give it a try!
How do you plan and organize your week?