31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Google Calendar for Homeschooling

Organizing Homeschool Stuff

Being organized is about making the process work for you efficiently, not about maintaining a neat and tidy row at all times. Here are some ways I’ve tried to make the processes work more conveniently so I can spend more mind-space on the children and less on the stuff.

How I Use Google Calendar for Homeschooling

Keeping a current calendar is vital to being organized. The advantage of keeping that calendar in a web-based form like Google calendar rather than a wall calendar is not only that you have an up-to-date synced copy on all your systems, but also that you can add repeating events with a few extra clicks instead of writing it out repeatedly. Moreover, you can change the date or time of an event by dragging it over instead of erasing and rewriting. This is particularly handy if you keep your menu plan on your calendar, but also useful for school events.

I have tried both not adding school times to the calendar and made multiple attempts at doing so. Currently I am keeping an hour-long “Circle Time” appointment, math, Latin, phonics, and our lesson swap times, plus appointments like our speech class, writing class, piano lessons, kids’ book club, and nature study with friends. Having our everyday school activities taking up the day’s space helps me see the day as booked, and have to consciously move things around or delete them when things like doctor’s appointments or other get-together opportunities arise.

In Paperless Home Organization I wrote:

Your calendar is only going to be helpful if you can trust it. That means not only leaving out the wishful thinking but also including all your actual commitments. You should be able to look at your calendar and see what you have going on without also tracking or worrying about events not there.

Homeschooling days often are a weird combination of obligation and wishful thinking. Right now, though, seeing my time as committed to homeschooling has helped me move from the everything-is-gravy early years into the now-we-might-need-to-get-serious years.

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Play around with different set-ups, and don’t be afraid to jettison a practice if it doesn’t serve you. And, don’t hesitate to try again when circumstances are different.

Digital Home Organizer and Planner

Also, check out my eBook Paperless Home Organization, which lays out step-by-step instructions for creating a home management organizer & planner digitally. Make that smartphone, tablet, or iPod touch a useful tool of your trade!

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Moms have a lot of details to keep track of. Here’s how to make your technology work for you, using only your mail program and 2 free apps.

4 Responses

  1. Ginger
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    I was so excited to get going with my new iPhone, my first smart phone, and my computer crashed, and we got a great new deal on a good computer for home but it has Windows 8 and you can only read your Google Calendar from that operating system, not edit….I was so sad since I was getting all jazzed up to do my meal plans and ziplisting, and digimarcing all my recipies.
    I will put in a good word for Yahoo calendars, since it does almost all the same things that Google does.
    Have a great weekend. I have really appreciated all your posts.
    Blessings,
    Ginger

  2. Ginger
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    Ha Ha…..What do you consider the gravy years? I am still there with a Kinder and a 2nd grader….I consider 3rd grade to be “lets get serious now.” Don’t tell my Classical Method of study friends they might kick me out of the club.
    Ginger

    • Mystie
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      I always thought it was 3rd grade, too! Then when we hit the third grade year it just really didn’t go as expected. I had to break many of my own bad habits. Then the 4th grade year I had a handful of a toddler and was pregnant/postpartum. So now it’s the 5th grade year that’s “get serious”! :)

      The WTM classical types need a good dose of CM. A focus on training tastes and habits is more important than memorizing impressive facts. :) That much I am already seeing the payoff for.

  3. Ginger
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    I am WTM with a good dose of CM….Good way to put it!
    We mostly memorize, scripture, poems and math facts.
    I go to a CC group for the social (me and the kids) love my group and the kids love to sing and chant with their friends so at least they are exposed rather consistently along the way.
    Lots of play still now, and lots of reading.
    I am trying to switch over to the all year round.
    Have a great day,
    Ginger