After paying attention in Charlotte Mason groups for a couple of years, I’ve noticed that there are lots of moms who want to plan out their days so that they can be intentional during their child’s early years. With moms like these in mind, I created the Small Beginnings Charlotte Mason Early Years Planner.
Small Beginnings Charlotte Mason Early Years Planner
This planner gets its name from Zechariah 4:10: “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” We are doing important work during our children’s early years, even without formal lessons! I wanted to create something that reminded Charlotte Mason moms how important this time is. Charlotte Mason had many recommendations for how to spend our time with our little ones, but it’s easy to forget about that daily French lesson or that outdoor “Picture painting” exercise that she recommended. So, I created a planner that will help you make the most of this quiet growing time.
Planning Page and Idea Lists
At the heart of this planner is a pretty planning page with three colorful bullet points. The colors correspond with three different idea lists, which contain ideas for daily language lessons, things to do outside, and indoor ideas. Many of these ideas are Charlotte Mason’s exact recommendations as stated in Home Education, and some of them are other activities that align with her vision for the early years. Simply choose an idea from each list, and put it on your planner. Add your own ideas and other daily goals if you’d life!
Monthly Calendar Page
This blank calendar page just needs you to fill it in! Keep track of important dates and outings. You can also record what’s in your morning basket (if you have one!) and what hymns you want to learn with your child.
Habit Planning Sheet
Recently, I was struck by the idea that our habits tend to fail if we don’t plan them out. A habit planning sheet allows you to plan monthly habits for your children.
Routines go hand in hand with habits. If we set up good routines for our days, it’s easier to help our kids get into certain habits, like cleaning up or brushing teeth. Plan out your routines with this page, or set up a daily schedule.
Mother Culture Planning Page
We know we’re supposed to take care of our bodies, souls, and minds, but how often do we really make that a priority? The solution? Write it down! Plan out what books you want to read each month, set your goals, and even plan a little self-care time.
If you think that getting organized will help you be more intentional with your little ones this year, you can learn more about the Small Beginnings Charlotte Mason Early Years Planner here!
You can find a free planning page in My Little Robin’s Subscriber Library!