Next, I took the two workbooks we're using for grammar this year, and I broke them up into chunks, to make sure we did enough pages each month to complete them over the course of the year. I wrote that on a separate sheet of paper (I'll do that for math later, too, when I pick up the Singapore Math books), and I transfered that info onto my monthly sheets. Here's an example of one of my sheets:
Most of them don't even have this much information on them yet. It's a good way for me to see at a glance if I have a busy month or not, and where I can add (or not add) activities or subject material. For example, September is a busy history/geography month, so I won't plan for any formal science. Now when I go to plan French or our handwork for the month, I'll know to plan for vocabulary lists that deal with knights and castles and maybe get some little hands helping to sew costumes for the Renaissance Fair later that fall. If I run across an idea on a website, I'll know exactly where to write notes to myself. Basically, I consider these my Brain Dump pages.
If you want to download a copy of the monthly page I made, you can find it here:
Monthly Block Planning .pdf file (on Scribd)
Monthly Block Planning .pdf file (on Google Docs)
Next, I'll probably discuss our summer plans and save the weekly planning for later, since I'm not sure exactly how I'm going to do the weekly planning yet, and since I probably won't work on any of that until later in the summer. For now, this is where my planning stops.