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Homeschool Curriculum Planning Pages {free printable}

Free printable homeschool curriculum planning pages to coordinate with The Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell.

Coordinating Homeschool Curriculum Planning Pages

When I reviewed The Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell, I mentioned that one of the picky things I’d like to see was coordinating curriculum planning sheets to tuck in the back pocket. And since I really am that picky…um, I mean kind and giving, I made some to share with other visuals like me.

Funny story tangent. I made these printables and when I printed them out, my color ink ran out of a color half-way through printing the page. Thankfully, I could see that the colors matched, but couldn’t print as many as I needed. So I ordered a color ink cartridge (affiliate link alert!) from Amazon and just worked with what I had. Ink got here, I installed it, and printed my sheets. And the cartridge was defective! Instead of having yellow ink, it had GREEN. So my colors were all kinds of wonky. I have NEVER had that happen before.

The moral of the story? If you are super picky about something, God just might bring you the opportunity to get over yourself. True story. Amen.

In addition to the curriculum planning page, I created a few logs to keep track of some things as the year goes on. I’ve uploaded those, as well. Some of the logs have a section to enter a page number, this is to help keep the pages in order as I print more through the year. If that is confusing, you will see what I mean in the preview pics below.

To download, just click on the link under the preview picture. If you like these enough to share them, then YAY! I do ask that you point them to this post’s link and not directly to the download link. That way they can see what else is available. Please and thank you! 🙂

Homeschool Curriculum Planning Page

Fill in the boxes to see clearly how you are covering each subject. Subjects included (in order): discipleship, math, science, reading, writing, history, geography, art, music, foreign language, life skills, and other.

Free curriculum planning pages color-coordinted with The Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell.

Download the homeschool curriculum planning page.

Bible Reading Log

I intend to fill this out with the sections of Bible I want to cover in our read aloud times and check them off as we go.

Free Bible reading log printable.

Download the Bible reading log.

Free Reading List

I will fill this out for each student to give them a list of book suggestions to read in their free time. I uploaded two of these. The first one has a column for books from the library (I want to work on their library skills this year) and for books on our home book shelves. I simply removed these for the second one.

A printable to keep track of free reading options for your homeschool student.

Download the free reading list with named columns.

Free printable for your homeschool student to track his/her free reading books.

Download the free reading list without the named columns.

Reading Log

This is where my students will track what books they do end up reading. This would also work for tracking books for summer reading, too.

Free reading log printable, great for homeschool or summer reading programs.

Download the reading log.

Scripture Memorization Checklist

I am always coming across Bible verses that I want us to work on memorizing. I will add the address for the verses to this list and check them off as we memorize them. I intend to print one of these per student so that I can tailor their memory verses to the child’s needs. I will be using the Child Training Bible to find those “specific need” verses.

Track what Bible verses you want to memorize for scripture study and check them off as you go with this free printable.

Download the scripture memorization checklist.

There you are! If you have a working color printer, you can now print out curriculum printing pages that coordinate with The Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell! Enjoy!

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Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices {2013-2014}

Looking to make homeschool curriculum decisions? Come see what we are using for 5th, 4th, and 2nd grades. #homeschool post @

Homeschool Curriculum for 2013-2014

I have 5th, 4th, and 2nd graders this homeschool year. I am finding it hard to believe, really. When we started out, I was nervous about what I would do when they reached middle and high school. Now, with five official homeschool years under our belt, I am excited for the things we will be learning!

For the grades K-3, we lean more towards eclectic unschooling. I believe strongly in the value of play in a child’s educational life. My kids (and I!) have learned a lot by following my children’s interests. I teach them how to read, basic math, and we do Bible study. Everything else is covered by life and the library.

Starting around 4th grade, we start with more scheduled work. I say around because we are open to this being different based on a child’s needs. I’ll explain a little about each of my students when I share my curriculum choices for them.

I am using my curriculum planning pages for my subjects. Our discipleship program is a work in progress that you will be hearing more about later this fall. I’ll be sharing more about that with my homeschool newsletter subscribers, so be sure to sign up for that.

Disclosure: I do use affiliate links in this post.

My 5th Grader’s Homeschool Curriculum

My 5th grader is the “tell me what I need to do and I’ll do it” type student. She loves checklists and her planner. She loves reading, writing to her pen pals, and taking care of her siblings (and anyone else she can mother). We are focusing on her math and spelling skills this year. She is also learning to write in cursive because she really, really wants to.

She will also be completing her 4-H projects throughout the year as part of her curriculum (art, life skills, etc.). Her projects include photography, sewing, and food.

My 4th Grader’s Homeschool Curriculum

My 4th grader is the “tell me why I need to know this” type student. He is very, very interested in learning, but very, very UNinterested in learning things he already knows. He is a deep thinker who does well with science, math, and spelling. My focus with him this year will be on penmanship.

Again, he will be completing 4-H projects as part of his curriculum. He has not decided on what those will be just yet. We will be trying out Homeschool Programming for a review and I think it will be perfect for him.

My 2nd Grader’s Homeschool Curriculum

My 2nd grader is a sweet, spunky, loves to wiggle kind of girl. She is a very good reader and seems to pick up math skills almost by accident. She is still in the learn by play part of our homeschool, but she will be participating in a lot with us because she likes to. Her 2nd grade year is more structured than my first two students, but she is ready and willing so on we go!

She is too young for 4-H, but will be doing Cloverbuds. She has not chosen a project (she may do up to two).

So there you have our homeschool curriculum choices for the 2013-2014 school year. We start our year the week after the 4th of July. Along the way I will share free read, read aloud, and supplemental booklists; coordinating printables; and glimpses into how our homeschool works.

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More Curriculum Choices

This week, the Teach Them Diligently bloggers are talking about curriculum choices. Be sure to head over to the blog to see what curriculum they will be using in their homeschools this year. You can also purchase curriculum online with Teach Then Diligently Marketplace Online now!! I will be sharing more about this later in the month.

Come see what homeschool curriculum the Teach Them Diligently bloggers will be using this year.

Affiliate Program Tracking Pages for Bloggers {free printable}

Before I get started I would like to take a moment to thank everyone reading this. This is my 200th post here and I would not still be here if it weren’t for my fantabulous readers. So thank you for that.

Free printable affiliate program tracking pages for bloggers.

Last week, I told you what affiliate links are. This week, I have something for the bloggers among us. You see, I have this one inch binder where I track all my blog related business. And since I use affiliate links on my blog, I needed a place to track all my affiliate related information.

Some of the programs I use are part of an affiliate network where I have one login and password for many programs. For example, in one affiliate network, I am a part of Zulily, Signing Time, Answers in Genesis, and Shutterfly affiliate programs. Other affiliate programs are run individually. Teach Them Diligently is an individual affiliate program, for example.

Can you see how this could get confusing for a blogger? So I created some printable tracking pages for my blog. As soon as I replace my printer, I’ll print them. Remember how I told you about my ink woes? Well now the printer is refusing to load paper right. Sometimes 4-year-olds are like that, you know?

Affiliate Network Tracking Page

This is the page I will use to track what affiliate programs are in what network.

Track what affiliate program is in which network with this free printable from the @vicki_arnold blog.

Download the Affiliate Network Tracking Page.

Affiliate Program Tracking Page

I will be printing out 20 or so of these. I will be using them like an address book, putting my affiliate programs in alphabetical order. This is why there is a little gray box in the upper right corner. I will be putting the letters there. If you don’t have as many affiliate programs, you can simply use the gray box for numbering the pages if you add more than one, but not 20.

Keep track of your affiliate program login information and other details with this free printable for bloggers.

Download the Affiliate Program Tracking Page.

Pinterest Boards for Bloggers

If you are interested in making money with your blog, I have a Pinterest board you may be interested in following. Actually, I have a whole series of blogging boards. I have boards for graphic design tips, blog memes and link-ups, content writing, planner printables, branding, and more. Be sure to check out all my Pinterest boards to follow the ones that interest you.

Click on the image below to see my Blogging: Making Money Pinterest board.

Blogging: Making Money - my Pinterest board for articles related to making money with your blog. Like affiliate marketing and selling ads.

Do you have any blogging questions?

Leave them in the comments or use the contact page to email me. I love hearing from my readers!

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A Bloggy Year in Review & Looking Ahead (2013)

A Bloggy Year in Review & Looking Forward at

the Vicki Arnold blog News

The year 2013 has been a wild ride for this little blog. I started the year with a handful of readers and God has grown that tremendously. I’ve enjoyed the time. I’ve learned a lot about what kind of blogger I want to be and what kinds of things you all enjoy reading. Thankfully, the two match up well.

Coming into 2014, you will see less reviews here on the blog. They are fun, but time consuming and I’ve felt God leading me away from doing so many for a while. I have one more review coming soon that I’m excited to share with you, after that you won’t be seeing a review for a little while.

What will you be seeing? That is something I’m pretty excited about.

I have a fun project in the works with a blogging friend. This project will be year-long and center around a certain set of 26 letters, particularly for preschoolers. I hope you like printables and books. And fun.

You will continue to see posts about homeschooling, gardening, and goal setting because I love writing about those. I will also be doing more sewing tutorial round-up posts (you’ll see why below).

Another new thing this year, I will begin writing about some health topics. These will center around holistic ways to take care of the body God gave you (me).

Other News

2013 saw the launch of my newest project, The Library Adventure. God put together a great team of writers. We have reviews, books lists, and hands-on activities. Our mission is to grow a love of reading and a passion for the libraries that serve communities worldwide. We aim to provide resources for both library patrons and librarians.

I also became a Lilla Rose consultant after reviewing and giving away a flexi-clip for my 12 Days of Christmas in July giveaway series. That was a fun one, too.

The Top 10 Posts of 2013 on the Vicki Arnold blog

10. 4 Books That Made a Reader Out of My Son

4 books that made our son love reading fiction

9. 5 Quick Tips for a Successful First Garden

5 Quick Tips for a Successful First Garden

8. Scriptures to Memorize for When I Don’t Like Myself

Scriptures to Memorize for When I Don't Like Myself

7. Planning Your First Garden

Planning Your First Garden

6. Free Printable Homeschool Curriculum Planning Pages

Homeschool Curriculum Planning Worksheets (free printable)

5. Websites Frugal Homeschoolers Need

Websites Frugal Homeschoolers Need

4. 54 Free Maternity Sewing Tutorials & Patterns

Free sewing tutorials and patterns for maternity - over 50 tutorials!

3. Free Sewing Tutorials for Skirts

69 Free Tutorials for Skirts

2. 23 Free Sewing Tutorials for Women’s Dresses

23 Free Dress Tutorials for Women's Dresses

1. Free Sewing Tutorials – Dresses for Little Girls

Free Dress Tutorials for Little Girls

Posts I WISH Were in the Top Ten

I love the posts that made it in the top 10, but there are a few that I wish had been seen better over the year. I’m sharing those in closing today.

1. Dear Guilty Mom, Give Yourself Permission

Dear Guilty Mom - Give Yourself Permission

2. How to Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling

How to Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling

3. Sensory Bin Resources for Beginners

Sensory bin resources for beginners. An ebook, a few Pinterest boards, and some advice to get you started...not overwhelmed.

4. How to Read Blogs and Not Feel Like a Failure

How to Read Blogs and Not Feel Like a Failure

5. Bible Verses to Memorize About Joy – Selections from Psalms

Bible Verses to Memorize About Joy - Selections From Psalms

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell Bundle {12 Days of Christmas in July 2013}

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas in July 2013 giveaway series at is for The Ultimate Homeschool Planner by Debra Bell & winner's choice of the Student or Teen planner!

Ultimate Homeschool Planner

I know you’ve been waiting for this one! My review of The Ultimate Homeschool Planner has been one of my most popular reviews here on ye ol’ blog. Thanks to Apologia, you can now win your own planner! You may also choose a student or teen planner to go with it!

I love this planner and we use it daily in our homeschool. I am also training my oldest two to use the student planner. We are working towards the goal of independent learning. So far I have been 50% successful. Progress.

These planners are published by Apologia and you can find more details about them on the website.

The planner with the cover that I have is currently out of stock, but I did make some coordinating curriculum planning sheets to go with my planner. You know, if you are as visually picky as I am…ahem. I do think they would work with the new cover, too.

Giveaway Time!

Without further ado, go enter the giveaway!

Homeschool Newsletter & More Giveaways

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the giveaways and sign up for the Homeschool Newsletter brought to you by the Vicki Arnold blog. The subscriber only giveaway is Lego related this month.

An Official Introduction + a Bonus Plea For Help!

the Homeschool Newsletter - encouragement, printables, freebies, exclusive giveaways, and more coming July 2013. Sign up NOW at

Ok, so you may have heard me mention that I am launching the Homeschool Newsletter next month a time or two or twenty. Well, this is the official announcement. Wait for it…

Coming July 2013…the Homeschool Newsletter from the Vicki Arnold blog!

Woot! Confetti! Glitter! Streamers! I’m not cleaning it up!

All fanfare aside, it is pretty simple. A few times each month (no more than four because ain’t nobody got time for that!), you will receive an email from yours truly.

What will it contain? Well, I am glad you asked because I was going to tell you anyways!

  • free printables (like my curriculum planning pages)
  • homeschool freebies I will be making specifically for my lovely subscribers (sort of like the curriculum planning pages, but not necessarily printables)
  • announcements for special happenings on the blog (things like upcoming giveaways, reviews, and special happenings)
  • exclusive giveaways
  • encouragement for your homeschool journey

That pretty much sums it up. Short, sweet, and to the point. I also promise you this, they will not be too long. I know you are busy and do not desire to add one more thing that takes away time from your day.

Oh, wait. You’re wondering about that plea for help, right? Well, I need your help spreading the word about the Homeschool Newsletter! Please tell your friends on Facebook, tweet a link to this post, email your friends the link, or pin the above graphic on Pinterest to a relevant board.

I could really use your help here. Trust me, the bigger the list grows, the better the giveaways. It’s that simple.

Sign up NOW and then start spreading the news!

Thank you for your help! And if there is something you would like to see from the newsletter, be sure to let me know!

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31 Days of Homeschooling & Homemaking With a Happy Heart

31 Days of Homeschooling & Homemaking With a Happy Heart! on Simply Vicki |

If you follow along on the Facebook page or are on the actual blog often, you may have noticed that I have done some re-branding. I have a snazzy new header, new design, and coordinating Facebook graphics. The Facebook page is currently still the Vicki Arnold blog, but I have moved the blog back to my original blog title of Simply Vicki. Facebook page will follow suit eventually.

Previously, my blog tagline was “Where P31 & Titus 2 meet Colossians 3:23.” I think this only made sense to me. I was aiming to chronicle my attempts to follow in the big footsteps left behind by the Proverbs 31 and Titus 2 women with the right attitude, according to Colossians 3:23.

Over time, as things tend to do, my life changed and this tagline no longer really reflected what I was blogging about. While I started off in a more reflective, journaling type of writing, I eventually moved on with a desire to encourage and equip women. Particularly in the areas of homeschooling, homemaking, and Christian faith.


Over the summer, I began to pray, think, and brainstorm. I realized quickly that I did not like the name of the Vicki Arnold blog anymore because ultimately the blog is NOT about me. To make this long story a little shorter, I eventually realized that while I wear many hats throughout my days, at the end I am simply Vicki. Thus, I moved back to my very original blog title.

The tagline actually came via my friend Becky after discussing what I was wanting my blog to be focused on going forward. I tossed around several ideas, but when Becky took a few of my words and rearranged them to give me “Homeschooling & Homemaking With a Happy Heart,” I was THRILLED.

It was perfect. It covered my niches and it used alliteration. Oh, how I love alliteration!

Fast forward to now, with my snazzy new design and updated name and tagline. I have decided to participate in The Nester’s 31 Days writing challenge. While I had a few ideas in mind, I thought this would be the perfect time to break out all those posts I had trapped in my writing notebook and give you a taste of what the blog will be like going forward.

Once the month of October is passed, I will NOT be continuing to write 7 days/week. I am not THAT talented. 😉

About Homeschooling & Homemaking With a Happy Heart

Before we dive into the posts, I wanted to give you an overview of what these topics will encompass from my perspective. This extends beyond this 31 day challenge.

  • Homeschooling – A bit obvious, I am a homeschool mom. I will be sharing resources to help make homeschooling easier. These will include encouragement for a homeschool mother’s heart, curriculum reviews, resource lists of all kinds (including free), and any thing else relating to the world of homeschooling. I will also be creating and sharing activities and printables.
  • Homemaking – This will be a relatively new area here. I will be sharing ideas for meal planning, recipes, sewing tutorial round-ups, and resources for inspiration in anything that falls under the homemaking umbrella.
  • Happy Heart – This is the unclear one. Happy heart includes family, faith, and holistic living. I am bringing back my Sunday Psalms for the 31 Day challenge and will be sharing some great parenting resources. I also plan to share things that make us laugh because laughter is a big part of our home.

31 Days of Homeschooling & Homemaking With a Happy Heart

Below are the posts that make up this challenge. As each one goes live, I will add the link. Or you can subscribe via email to make sure you don’t miss them!

  1. Introduction (this post)
  2. Healthy Chocolate Breakfast Shake
  3. Fun Science for Kids Using Candy
  4. 25 Free Activities to Do With Kids
  5. Sunday Psalms – Psalm 19:1
  6. Teaching a Biblical Worldview
  7. Pumpkin Pie S’Mores
  8. Where to Buy Homeschool Curriculum
  9. Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls
  10. Raising Independent Learners
  11. 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential
  12. Sunday Psalms – Psalm 104:13
  13. Homeschooling Resources on Pinterest – Organized by Subject
  14. 38 Free Sewing Tutorials for the Home
  15. Facebook Resources for Homeschoolers
  16. How to Make Your Own Pizza Dough + 20 Ways to Top It!
  17. Story Prompts to Encourage Creative Writing
  18. Books for Duck Dynasty Fans
  19. Sunday Psalm – Psalm 113:3
  20. Free How to Draw Tutorials
  21. Reusable Options for Disposable Household Items
  22. 11 Picture Books About Art
  23. 4 Other Uses for Pizza Dough
  24. Writing That’s Fun for Kids
  25. My Top 5 Favorite Jeremy Camp Songs
  26. Sunday Psalms – Psalm 3:3-8
  27. How to Create a Custom Chore Chart
  28. Crafts Kids Can Make to Give as Gifts Book List
  29. Pen Pal Writing Tips and Resources for Kids
  30. When Convenience Becomes a Crutch
  31. Grand Finale Giveaway!

The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner

The Well Planned Day (a family homeschool planner review)

It’s no secret that I reviewed and loved another planner earlier this year. It’s also not a secret that I like planners and lists. So when I was contacted to see if I would be interested in reviewing The Well Planned Day planner, me jumping at the chance wouldn’t be an inaccurate image.

Three things before I get into the review. I was provided a free planner so I could, you know, look it over and review it. I am a registered affiliate with HEDUA. Finally, this is a review of The Well Planned Day, not a comparison to any other planner (free or paid).

About The Well Planned Day

The Well Planned Day is a family homeschool planner created by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher. This planner was created to cover everything a homeschool family needed to track and plan. It is very thorough.


  • spiral bound with three-hole punch for inserting in binders
  • full color
  • includes year and month at a glance calendars
  • is dated for the school year, which runs July through June (copy I received is 2013-2014)
  • includes a short inspirational article for each month (titles in my review copy include 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Homeschooling, Book Gluttony, and Let Your Kids be Kids)
  • planning/tracking pages for household management and holiday shopping included
  • track up to four students in one planner with class plans, schedules, attendance charts, progress reports, and perforated report cards
  • Bible reading plan included on the monthly calendar, scripture quotes throughout the book, and a weekly catechism focus

My Review of The Well Planned Day Planner

First, I did not take any photos of the inside pages of this planner for copyright issues, but you can see 90 pages of the planner on the preview page. And really, those are much better than any photo I could give you. Now, on with the review!

Oh, my stars. This planner is gorgeous! Each month has a subtly different color scheme that helps give a fresh look to your eyes, but keeps with the overall design of the planner. And normally, I’m not a floral type girl, but I LOVE the floral design of this planner. Also, purple is a very frequent color in this planner and you can’t go wrong with purple in my book.

The content? Seriously, I can’t believe how well this is organized. It has goals. It has menu planning. It has perforated shopping lists, six for each month! It has budgeting forms. It has a section each month for books to enjoy, field trips/enrichment activities, and monthly bills.

To be a little more helpful, I will take you through a few things.

First we have your basic information and a fun little family time capsule type page, followed by a staying in touch page where you can track monthly celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries. Then we move into the household pages for things like monthly budgets, income, household duties, and emergency contacts.

Then there is something that I think is completely genius. There is a perforated page for your students’ responsibilities and educational to do’s each day. I intend to finally buy a laminator and laminate the filled out cards for a checklist for each student. After that comes your homeschool planning pages.

What I love about the homeschool planning pages is that each student is given a two page spread to include their personal information, subjects and books, expenses, and a student schedule. I find this particularly helpful since each student has their own activities to track and oftentimes, their own daily rhythm or routine. I like that I can help each student visualize how their time is or should be spent.

There are two semester goals pages (one before July and one before January). At the end of December, there is an attendance record and progress report for four students.

Each month starts with a month at a glance two page spread that includes an inspirational quote, Bible verses for reading through the Bible in a year, and a notes section. Then comes the page with the sections for books, field trips, and bills. Next are the six, double-sided, perforated shopping lists (brilliant!!) and the inspirational article.

Now, the nitty gritty pages you will be using every day. And a confession for you, I realized I LOVE the fact that this planner is dated because I don’t like the way my handwriting looks so different than the rest of the text on pages that I have to fill in the dates (or subjects). I told you, I am pretty visually picky.

Each week has a two page spread. Each day has a column that is broken down by rows for Bible, Math, History, Science, English, and two custom spots. I love that Bible is top priority in the list. On top of the page are the current and next month at a glance calendars; a Bible verse; and an inspirational quote. On the right-hand page, there are sections for weekly priorities, your weekly dinner menu, and a weekly catechism question. I also love that there is a box for both Saturday and Sunday so you can mark your weekend activities in your planner, too.

Other details: a holiday planner section comes before December (LOVE), fonts are easy to read and pretty to look at, and the planner ends with a year at a glance look at next year and a future plans page.

Overall, I didn’t think I could love a planner as much as the other one, but I actually love this one more (sorry, there is a comparison)! I love that it is a homeschool family planner, not just a homeschool planner. I love that everything I need is in this one planner. The planner costs around $26 and is worth every penny.

There are a few different options available, so check out the Well Planned Day planners and see which one you would like! Next, I want to try out their On the Go planner. 😉