Using a Paper Calendar – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Tell me how you use a calendar in your home. My paper calendars are like a historical record of my life. I keep them from year to year. I write down important events, birth dates, appointments, menu plans, and more. I do keep a digital calendar on my phone, but it is mostly for appointments and events. I don’t have birthdays on it. I don’t add a lot of extra stuff on it. It is just a way for me to keep track of appointments, so I can schedule things and not over-book myself.

A paper calendar can also be used to help you plan your school days. In North Carolina, I have to check off a sheet provided by the state for 180 educational days. My paper calendar helps me keep track of field trips. I count those as educational days. I typically do not take off for snow days, but I do give the children time off from school if they are sick. My paper calendar is an important part of my school records.

My paper calendar is posted on my refrigerator for everyone to see. This helps us know at a glance when an appointment is coming up. I spend a few minutes each week updating the paper calendar from my digital calendar. I typically do this when I am doing my weekly menu planning. This is my “office” time.

Sometimes I do pull out a previous year’s calendar to check a date or refer to an appointment date. We think that we will remember things, but as time passes, we forget things. A paper calendar is a nice way to look back at past events. When I was pregnant, I tracked my weight and blood pressure on my calendar. This was important because I suffered from high blood pressure during pregnancy. My blood pressure would get dangerously high, and I would retain water. My calendar was my health log during those times.

Children need to know how to use a calendar. By having a paper calendar on display, you can teach them from a young age how to use the calendar. You can teach them about the days of the week and the months of the year. You can teach them to count from a calendar. You can use it as a count down for a special event.

If you have not been using a paper calendar because you have a digital calendar, I want you to think about the ways you can start using a paper calendar again.

Have a wonderful day!


Zone Mission – Declutter the home office or your desk

Weekly Home Blessing Task: Declutter Paper/Magazines

Menu Plan for Thursday: Baked Chicken and salad


  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.


  • Play a game with your children
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • 15 minutes of loving movement

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.)

  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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