DITIR Grading System and Planning

Simply Planned Planner

Simply Planned: A Practical Homeschool Planner

It is time to start planning for the school year. I love this part. Honestly, my planner helps me love it more. It reminds me of all the things I need to think about while I make my children’s home education plan. I am quite excited about the planning because my oldest child is joining our homeschool setting this year. I will have a highschool/college student along with the young ones. I needed to start planning early this year. I want to just give a little insight into how I grade using my Simply Planned Planner. I use the DITIR system to focus my energy on mastery instead of completion.

Simply Planned Homeschool Planner (click link to get more information)

Grading with a DITIR system:

When I first started homeschooling, I thought I would have no need for a grading system. The “Do It Till It’s Right” plan means that they will always get an A. As they have gotten older I have realized that in the main subjects it is nice to track their DITIR. I started recording their grades on the calendar day they complete the test. The grades don’t have to be in a row since they will be As. Calculating As is considerably easy. How do they always get As? They take the test/quiz once. I grade it and go over the answers with them. If they get below a 92%, I have them do the section, in which they had the most trouble, over again. They can get half the points they missed back. If they get a B, they repeat the test. If they get a C, or they continue to get a low grade after I’ve explained things to them, I may have them repeat the section of the workbook that is giving them the most difficulty. With a D, they should repeat the entire workbook. We use Christian Light for language arts, and it is easily broken down into small manageable sections. My goal is mastery. I want them to master the concepts of a lesson. A test just allows me to identify where a child needs extra help. After I tutor them in that area, they should master the concept. This system seems to work well for the younger grades. We will see how it works for the older children.

Make planning fun. Go to a coffee shop and have a parent teacher meeting with yourself. Or stay over night at a hotel while you go to a homeschool conference. That intense planning time can do a lot for your morale and anticipation for the coming year. Most of all be encouraged that you are doing the best for your children, even when you feel discouraged. Our job is to plan and implement, it is God who make the whole thing workout. So prayer is the most powerful thing we do as parents. Be blessed and enjoy praying, planning and playing this summer.

Simply Planned Homeschool Planner


Simply Planned Homeschool Planner
Every year I think, this will be the year I will be more organized.  Homeschool is no different.  I’m a good, “go with the flow” type of person.  The more I add to my day, the more planning I need.  I still can’t completely embrace the minute-by-minute planner.  Some things do require exact timing, but there are a lot of things that don’t.  A good mix of timed items and priority lists work best for non-planners.  As I work with my young family, I could drive myself completely crazy trying to follow a rigid plan.  But without a target, I’m sure to miss my goals.  My children are worth the discomfort to overcome my planner phobia.

I began my search.  Most planners on the market are generated by “planner people.”  They work well for other planner type people.  I really felt that there wasn’t a planner sold that would work for me.  I found myself ripping out pages of planners.  Pages that just weren’t needed.  I need a planner the works for me, instead of me working for the planner.  Simply Planned Homeschool Planner sprang to life.  As I work through this year of homeschool I add items to it that help keep me more organized.  I am also testing organizational ideas I thought would help.  I am refining the organizer this school year.

  • Each Month at a glance with a dinner plan for each week
  • A Semester Week Plan for each day of the week and three semesters
  • Full color and spiral bound
  • Small and convenient to carry around (Half page book 5.5” x 8.5”)
  • Buying Plans for  each month
  • Christmas gift and Menu plan
  • Individual Education Plan for each child (up to six)
  • Project planners (keep track of your current projects)
  • Curriculum Research organizer
  • Zone Cleaning Planning page
  • Chore lists
  • Daily To Do Lists (You can throw these away when they are complete.)
  • Bible verses on some of the pages

Lots of color! Beauty is another thing that would be wonderful to find in a planner.  Beauty that can carry you though the hard days of homeschool.  I started creating simple artwork that would calm a busy homeschool mom.  I added cheerful beauty on top of calming cool colors.  I want to help homeschool moms stay focused while keeping the peace inside them.

Planner Example Pages(click to download the pdfs)


***Simply Planned Homeschool Planner is 14 dollars plus 5 dollars USA shipping. That is only 19 dollars total!***

*Comment if you want a Planner sent outside the USA.  I will find the correct  shipping.

***Free black and white student planners to download, print and use!***

I want to support larger home school families.  This planner can handle up to six children.  If you have a larger family, contact me personally and I can add additional pages for your needs.  With free black and white student planners and tracking for multiple children, make this planner ideal for families of any size.

Homeschool Planner

Simply Planned Home School Planner

Every year I think this will be the year I will be more organized.  Homeschool is no different.  I’m a good “go with the flow” type of person.  The more I add to my day the more planning I need.  I still can’t completely embrace the minute-by-minute planner.  Some things do require exact timing, but there are a lot of things that don’t.  A good mix of timed items and priority lists work best for non-planners.  As I work with my young family, I could drive myself completely crazy trying to follow a rigid plan.  But without a target, I’m sure to miss my goals.  My children are worth the discomfort to overcome my planner phobia.
I began my search.  Most planners on the market are generated by “planner people.”  They work well for other planner type people.  I really felt that there wasn’t a planner sold that would work for me.  I found myself ripping out pages of planners.  Pages that just weren’t needed.  I need a planner the works for me, instead of me working for the planner.  Beauty is another thing that would be wonderful to find in a planner.  Beauty that can carry you though the “dark days” of home school.