Ever since I’ve shared this blog post about how I use Notion for homeschool, I’ve had several inquiries and messages from people who benefited from it.
I want to help parents as much as I possibly can, so I’ve edited more templates that I use for myself into their bare minimum (without all my extra content) format which you may duplicate and edit as you see fit. I understand that Notion and other organizing platforms only work well if it is managed according to how your brain works, so please feel free to start with these resources and edit as you go.
I have made a similar template available in my previous post, but I edited it to remove the links to unavailable database so as not to confuse first time users. This is a four-day Weekly Routine format because we follow this scheduling. But do let me know if you want a 5-day homeschool schedule.
This template also includes Basket Time reads which you can drag to the Weekly Routine when you find an open slot. I’ve also included space to input and reflect on some Evidences of Grace (or Growth) which you have observed in your child or in your own homeschool journey. I think it’s a wise practice to always see the good in whatever situation.
Grading and Portfolio Template
This grading system follows the Department of Education‘s guidelines which include Written Work, Performance Tasks and Quarterly Assessment for every quarter. The template is set at Table view for easy input of the Grades.
Once you select the Gallery view which I renamed as Portfolio, you will be able to preview the photos which you have attached in the File section for easy viewing. These blocks are empty since I have not provided any samples here.
Perhaps I’ll make a ready-made grades and portfolios table for each quarter next time. However, you can easily do that yourself once you figure out the Sort or Filter option.
What I would do is make one Grading & Portfolio page per subject. Just duplicate this template as many as you can depending on the number of your subjects per grade level. Not only that, make sure to edit the column tables (by adding or removing what is needed) in order to reflect the rubrics provided by your school or homeschool provider.
Basic Lesson Plan
Another template which I have used a lot once I started using Notion for homeschool planning is this Lesson Plan template which can be sorted in different ways, depending on your needs.
One thing that I’ve tried to figure out is to make the Progress visible by providing percentage and progress bars. It’s helpful for me to see where we are.
I provided a sample Lesson Plan for “Cicadas” from the Nature Studies for Young Readers, which will also show you how you can use Notion to embed documents, videos and links for easy access. I write more about this in my previous blog entry, if you haven’t read that yet.
Let me know what you think!
I would also love to hear more about how you have used these templates. So if you have any questions, comments or even suggestions, please write your comments below. You can also reach me through any of my social media accounts.