The FlyLady’s Homeschool Control Journal

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool


Dear Friends,

Some of you are embarking on a new journey called homeschooling, and some of you have been on this journey for a while. I have homeschooled since 2000, so I am starting year 18 of homeschooling.

It has been a wonderful journey for my family. Not every day has been a great day, but each day is met with the attitude that it will be a great day. When things happen to cause a disruption in my homeschool plans, we just do what we can and adjust.

One thing that has helped me on those days when it is a little bumpy is to have a routine established for our day. If we know what the next thing to do is on our list, it is easier to keep moving forward.

A couple of years ago, The FlyLady asked me to edit her Teacher Control Journal to accommodate a Homeschool Teacher. She offers a download of The Homeschool Teacher Control Journal at no charge on her website. You can order a printed copy of it for a small fee, but if you have a printer, you can just download and print.

This control journal will help you take your FlyLady Home Routines and combine your Homeschool Routines. I am including a couple of pictures to show you how it is designed to layout in your notebook. If you use page protectors, you can make the pages face each other, so you can see at a glance what you have on your Monday Routines for both your home and homeschool.

There are ideas on how to set up your basic weekly plan. This will help you decide what routines you want to do on what day. If you have a day you are consistently out of the house for a co-op or appointment, you can make allowances for that with your basic weekly plan.

There are pages for you to develop your three basic routines of the day. If you keep it simple, you can achieve it.

You can also download a copy of the Homeschool Student Control Journal. Your children can work on their routines, too.

Establishing the routines and practicing them to make them your habits will bring you peace in the CHAOS. It will help you to have the basic routines in place when everything seems to be going nuts around you. Not many people talk about the hard days when you are homeschooling. You have to realize that they will happen, and you will make it through them.

If you have questions, I love to hear from you! If you have a testimonial, I would love to have it, so I can share it with the rest of the readers. It is encouraging to read about the things that are going well for you!

Today’s Zone Mission is to declutter 1 kitchen drawer or cabinet.

Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

My menu plan for Thursday is chicken and a salad.

Have a great day!

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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


The FlyLady’s Homeschool Control Journal — 4 Comments

  1. This is great. Routines are such a huge helpful thing to have in place. Please guide me on what to do days that the schedule is not the same or changes. Making it hard to follow or get back onto that routine

    • Hi, Kelly,

      Each Friday, I look at my calendar for the next week. If I see that I have a day where we will be out for appointments or field trips, I move my zone mission and home blessing to another day. I do my basic routines on the days we go out, and I don’t sweat it if I don’t get the extras done. If you declutter 3 or 4 days per week for 15 minutes that will help you see progress with clutter. Pick certain days of the week that you will not schedule outside appointments unless necessary. That gives you the structure of being there those specific days. Use a check off sheet to keep you moving along, or if you have an iPhone, download the FlyLady Plus app. It is free, and it has the routines, zones, and home blessings there for you to check off daily.

      Have a great day! Tami

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