Evernote is my favorite and necessary tool for running my paperless home management system and so this month I want to share how I use Evernote for Homeschooling. Everything in it is searchable and I can toss most papers. Those two reasons should convince you right there, but I have at least seven more posts to make my case and make it easy for you to move toward paperless planning.
Today I want to share how I start with big picture homeschool planning in Evernote.
Make a Homeschool Scope and Sequence in Evernote
I know most people – if they make a scope and sequence at all – make one in a spreadsheet or a table. I’ve made plenty of those before myself. However, I can’t make them look good, and I usually way over-plan.
Now, I have a basic guide scope and sequence in list form within Evernote. Here’s what it looks like:
Simple, not over-done, and principle-driven rather than curriculum-driven. Of course it’s still idealistic, but aren’t all big picture plans?
Make Homeschool Vision and Goals Statements in Evernote
I think Pam’s instructions and formula for making a big picture vision statement and yearly goals is one of the clearest and easiest-to-follow out there. My first vision statement and overarching goals I have on paper and transcribed into Evernote, but I recently used her vision workshop form to write a newer, more concise version and then saved it on the vision form from her Plan Your Year Kit straight into Evernote:
Then separately I also have overarching goals for each phase of education: toddler-preschooler, elementary, middle school, and high school. It looks like this:
Again, it doesn’t have to be complicated, and the few format options allowed by Evernote help me remember to keep things simple.
Homeschool Big Picture Notes That I Have in Evernote
These are some of the notes in my Big Picture notebook:
- Cycles for composers & artists (a 3-year rotation that I have only sporadically followed)
- Lists of memory work we’ve done, by type (poetry, hymns, Scripture, catechism)
- Big picture goals
- Yearly scope and sequence overview summary
- Example of a transcript form for future reference
- Definitions of education
Evernote is a great program for homeschool planning. Anything you would have in a homeschool binder, you can keep in Evernote. You can scan what you currently have in Evernote, or if it is saved as a document on your computer, you can cut and paste it into Evernote or save it into Evernote as a pdf.
Evernote for Homeschooling series
- How to use Evernote for Homeschooling
- Use Evernote as Your Homeschool Inspiration Board
- How to Quickly Get Anything into Evernote
- Use Evernote for Homeschool Book Lists
- Evernote Tips for Homeschool Moms
- Use Evernote for Homeschool Planning
- Plan a Homeschool Year in Evernote
- How to make homeschool lesson plans in Evernote
- How to Use Evernote for Loop Schedules