I mentioned before that I tend to over plan (major understatement) and due to that our whole school year was thrown off, pretty much from day one. For this year I had created weekly schedule pages with areas for each subject and wrote in the activities we would complete. Once they were completed I would just check them off. This worked for approximately two weeks.
At Christmas, a mere three months into the school year, I redid all of those minutely detailed schedules for a fresh start in the new year. Once again it lasted only a couple of weeks, and I finally trashed the whole thing out of frustration.
I opted for their blank planner pages and immediately started using it. My book is a bit thick because I created one that not only finished last year, but carries us through all of next year. You can have these spiral bound at Staples for about $5.00. This was an extremely economical option for me because it was customizable and we've figured out how to get our printing costs down to nearly nothing.
I also have month at a glance pages and these weekly pages, I'll explain how I use these later.
We've dabbled in notebooking and I plan on using it a lot this year so they will both have their notebooks as "records" for the year. I will also be taking and printing lots of pictures that the boys and I will work on putting into some type of scrapbook together, most likely in connection with their notebooking.
I do of course have some type of plan for the year, I'll share that will you soon!