"The Mulberry Planner has made my home education journey so much simpler, and so far, flow much more smoothly. There are just so many good things to say about this planner! [It] ticks the boxes for learning records for my son, myself AND the authorities. And it’s all in one neat, gorgeous space. I found documenting the planning really overwhelming at the beginning. [We're] two and a half years in now, and it’s definitely a joy, not a labour."
"I am loving this planner because it’s so customisable... there’s something for every type of homeschooler or unschooler. We unschool, so the pages for lesson plans aren’t for me but I don’t have to have them! I simply don’t print those pages and print extra of what I need. Plus I can order things in whatever way makes sense to me! ... If you’ve been wanting a bit more organisation with note taking I really recommend this planner! You can totally make it exactly what YOU need."
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Dream and plan out 2021 with the Mulberry homeschool planner
For many of us, seeing the back of 2020 will be a relief! Calling 2020 a 'weird' year would be an understatement. Hit the ground running in 2021 being organised and on top of everything in your homeschooling/unschooling record of learning.
Wondering if you'll be able to keep up with your state's requirements? This 200-page mega download includes everything you could possibly need to plan, track and evaluate your homeschooling routine and your children's wonderful journey of learning through life! This is the perfect addition to your homeschool, whether it's your first year (congratulations!) or you've been homeschooling for decades.
Coming up with your record of learning can be an arduous task that saps hours of your time. Don't spend your evenings doing paperwork, or trying to come up with spreadsheets to record your learning. Simply print the appropriate Mulberry Planner template, note down what you did, slot it into your records and move on to planning tomorrow. Less time worrying about the paperwork, more time spent with your kids (you know, the whole reason you got into this thing)!
What's NEW in the planner in 2021?
This is the fourth year we've released homeschool planners, and it gets bigger and better every year. This year, by request, we've added:
Have questions about the planner? Read our FAQs.
"I'm getting a head start on next year's planning and I feel so organised with the lesson plan outlines in The Mulberry Planner. The hardest part for me has been choosing which of the gorgeous cover sheets I want to use! There is just so much choice and I can really make this planner my own. My son loves having his own record keeping pages to use too."
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- THE PLANNER IN MORE DETAIL -
Here's a detailed look at what you'll get inside the full 2021 Mulberry Homeschool Planner.
14 Brand NEW Cover Options!
You've never had more choice of covers. Personalise your planner with one of fourteen choices, or hit refresh halfway
through the year with a new cover.
See a week, term, or year ahead at a glance
View your upcoming weeks, terms or the entire year at a glance. We designed these templates to cover all 8 key disciplines in the Australian curriculum, with an open-ended design to suit grades K-12.
Plan your homeschool by subject area (K-12)
These 11 subject planner pages are aligned with the Australian curriculum, and can be integrated with your unique homeschool approach if you wish. You can use them to plan lessons and ideas for the week, term or year. All are suitable for grades K-12. You can also use them to record learning completed in retrospect.
These templates feature term planning sections for the eight broad learning areas shown in the Australian Curriculum. The core areas of English, Mathematics and Science have disciplines that carry through Foundation - Y10, so we have specified those in the above planning pages. The other learning areas (Humanities & Social Sciences, The Arts, Technologies, Health & Physical Education, Languages) vary more between year levels, and we designed those as more open-ended planning templates to accommodate a range of curriculum options.
Home Organisation & Meal Planning [NEW Section!]
Brand new in 2021, we've included Goal Tracking, Project planning, MEAL planning and Favourite Recipes templates. We've also introduced planner themed bookmarks and printable theme elements that you can print as stickers or just print off for your kids to play around with.
This year we've also included lists for your regular classes (by term) and excursions - to go with our standard 14 lists from previous years.
'Regular Classes' is one of our new templates in the 2021 Mulberry Planner!
11 quote posters to inspire your homeschool
Need inspiration to get you through a particularly tough week, month or season? Doing life without school can be a tricky gig and feel isolating and overwhelming at times, so let the words of encouragement on these posters soak into your soul. There are 11 in total.
A journey of learning for the whole family
Capture your family's magical learning journey with templates designed to include the whole family or individual holistic growth.
View the pages in more detail below.
"...We're now onto our fourth year of homeschooling... there's an evolving nature to it so I've used the pages that immediately spoke to me in terms of how the rhythm of our days go. I like to use the blank Morning Circle templates and customise them for myself. I've definitely used the Mama's book list - love that [the planner] has stuff for mums, not just kids."
"Setting out my planner I put the vision, snapshot of our family, yearly calendar, and lists at the beginning. Next is monthly calendars applicable for the current term. From there I set out week by week starting with notes, then lesson plans, morning circle, records of learning, reflections and notes. I add the nature finds, notes and quotes wherever I feel I want or need them."
Morning Circle pages
One template for each term (including an option with prompts, or blank templates so you can craft your own).
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Daily + Weekly Routines
Daily and weekly note templates with four different formats, including a weekly schedule (Mon-Fri + Mon-Sun). Use these to plan your week or retrospectively record learning that occurs in a week.
Plan + record weekly learning for each term
Numbered weekly record sheets with customisable dates for 11 weeks
(4 layouts, mix and match for planning, recording activities and tasks, and notes and reflections).
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"The circle planning pages have also been brilliant as this is something I am new to and the rigour offered by the exercise of completing the template has been super helpful."
Lesson Plan Templates
Simple, ready-to-print lesson plan templates (structured with prompts, and blank lined template).
Blank note paper & bujo pages
We've included blank and lined note paper as well as bullet journal style dotted paper so you can capture those moments of creativity, design, maths, architecture and engineering!
"Here's how I use my planner... It is my diary, planner and journal all-in-one. At the close of each school week, I prep my following week on the ‘plan’, and tabled ‘record of learning’ pages. I store that week’s pages on my clipboard - which sits out, readily available. As we learn, I document our journey on the daily ‘record of learning’ and ‘reflection + notes’ pages. I transfer the weekly pages back into my Term folder once complete, and begin a new week. It’s so easy!"
Annual and Term Reflections
Term and Annual summary templates (options for you, each child and the whole family).
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January - December 2021 calendar.
Includes an annual calendar overview for 2021, and monthly sheets (with notes section and duo-tone week layout).
Dividers for every term - choose from 2 different styles. (There are also 2 blank templates included for you to add your own term titles).
"As an unschooler I don’t plan a lot but I like to have all my homeschool materials organised and in one place and the Mulberry Planner has allowed me to do that. What I like about this planner is there are so many options and you only need to use what works for your family and your homeschooling situation. The addition of the blank templates means you can fully customise the pages if you want to. And it all looks cohesive and stylish!"
10 Section Dividers
10 x section dividers (lesson plans, resources, preparation, learning records, reflections, my lists).
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14 list templates
List-makers, welcome to list heaven! Includes Mama's booklist, Dad's booklist, Kids booklist, Podcast list, Film list, Documentary list, YouTube list, Curriculum Wishlist, Music list, Quotes I love, Audiobooks and 'Resources we own'. PLUS, this year we have 'Excursions' and 'Regular Classes' list templates!
There are also 2 blank lists for you to customise your own.
"I was very happy to see the new Mulberry Planner has LOTS of list templates, and I’ve been busy filling them out and feeling virtuous about my gorgeous new lists (as opposed to the creased and crumpled bits of repurposed paper I usually use). I keep a book journal for myself, but I’m using the Mama’s Book List to keep track of the homeschooling-specific books I’d like to read or re-read. Having a curriculum list means I can keep track of what we’d like to try, what’s good now, what may be good in the future, and what’s not good for us at all. I’ll download and use each sample as we need it, and then either cross it off the list or purchase it."
4 Printables for Kids
Kids can print off reading records, achievements lists (two heading options) and nature journal pages.
They may also want the bookmarks from the new 'Home Organisation' section.
8 DIY Templates
Looking for a customised page? Easy!
Step 1: Print these borders + wreath templates. Step 2: design your own table or Word Doc, then print your version over the top. Voila!
"I love the beauty and functionality of my Mulberry Planner! It's easy to personalize to my family and homeschool needs. I simply print the pages I need to for lesson planning and record keeping. Such a simple and lovely way to help us stay organized!"
Printing and displaying: Best Practices
Designed for flexibility
We've designed this planner for ultimate flexibility, because we know that every family's needs are different. For example, many pages have multiple layout options, and are open-ended to suit grades K-12. I've designed 200 pages this year (!) but you definitely DON'T have to print every page! Once you've downloaded, simply look at each file and decide which recording and planning pages you'll use, and which cover and section dividers you prefer. Then build your own planner by mixing and matching! If your needs change throughout the year, your planner can change too!
For unschoolers too!
We get a lot of unschoolers asking whether this planner is suitable for unschooling. It's a great question... We have it on good authority that our planner suits unschoolers too! (See what they had to say about the planner here.) Why? While you may not use the lesson plan or weekly schedule template, there are 100+ pages that will help you record your children's self-directed learning.
A simple digital download
The Mulberry Planner comes as a set of DIGITAL FILES for you to download and print. It's a full set of 200 gorgeously designed pages, templates, printables, lists and calendars - basically it's your whole homeschool year... SORTED!
how other parents have used the planners in previous years
So... here's the full list of what you get in your
2021 Mulberry Planner download:
- 14 x stunning colour cover options with the Australian wattle theme
- 11 subject specific planning and recording pages, aligned with the Australian curriculum
- Term planning overviews for all key learning areas (K-12)
- Daily and weekly notes templates with four different formats (Mon-Fri and Mon-Sun options)
- Goal tracking templates including learning goal setting, habit training, skill development + vision statements
- [NEW] Favourite recipes, daily meal planner and 3-weekly meal planner
- Activity checklists to plan out and record your week, where life blurs into homeschool
- Morning circle pages (structured and blank)
- [NEW] Goal tracking and Project Tracker templates
- Earth aware goals: to help your family set goals to reduce your carbon footprint and make a happier earth
- Weekly schedule templates
- Faith-based or secular morning meditation/scripture planner
- Term and annual reflection pages (for you, each child and the whole family)
- Lesson plan template (structured and blank)
- 14 x lists (mama's book list, dad's book list, film list, documentary list, curriculum list, website list, podcast list, YouTube list, Kids' books list, music list and quotes list, resources we own, and 2 x blank templates)
- [NEW] 2021 themed printable bookmarks and 'Stickers'
- 10 x section dividers (lesson plans, records, reflections, planning, make a list, preparation, resources) and 4 x blank templates
- Annual calendar and monthly calendars spanning Jan-Dec 2021
- 8 dual tone term dividers (4 terms)
- Numbered weekly record sheets for 11 weeks (4 types, mix and match for planning, recording activities and notes/reflections)
- 8 x DIY templates which you can print as borders and use to design your own pages
- 11 x beautiful quote posters to stick up or put in the pages of your planner
- 4 x printables for kids (Reading record, My Achievements, Things I'm Proud Of & Nature Journals)
Get ALL this ^^ in the 2021 Mulberry Planner
(This isn't even close to all 200 pages!)
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Have questions? Read the FAQs.
Professional printing recommended: The planner comes in a series of high quality PDF files which can be printed on standard home printers, however for the best visual results and quality we would recommend printing at your local office supply or printer store eg. Officeworks or Staples. This is quite cost effective as industrial printers are more ink efficient when printing in bulk, and can therefore be cheaper than buying a cartridge to print at home. You can also get it spiral bound at most professional printers, once you've organised the order of your pages, or present in a display folder or arch-lever folder.
Everyday printing at home: That being said, our multi-print pages (like the weekly learning records & notes pages) are mostly black & white, so you can print them with ease on your home printer, as you need them.
Not at all! The idea of creating a downloadable, print-on-demand planner is that you can pick and choose the templates that work for you. There are 14 cover options for example, so choose your favourite and just print that. Or choose two and give your planner a fresh look halfway through the year. The choice is truly yours... Don't do morning circles? Don't print it. Do lots of reading? Print extras. Got multiple kids? Use a different template for each student. For everything else, use the blank templates and truly customise our layout.
Oh, the possibilities!
We want the Mulberry Planner to be a resource you can adapt to your homeschool journey. Make it work for you!
The planner is designed to track students learning, whether planned lessons or incidental 'life' learning. The planner pages are flexible, and can suit grades from preschool to Year 12. We haven't designed it with a specific age range in mind, however the addition of our new Australian-curriculum aligned subject pages is a feature that will be particularly useful for middle and high school students.
No, these planners are not printed, they are a digital download which you will get access to after purchase to download as PDFs and print. This is clear on our site, and refunds will not be given for accidental purchase.
A print-your-own planner allows you to add/remove pages as and when you need them and also lets you to customise to your liking in terms of both covers and pages.
We designed the 2019 planner planner mostly black and white, but received feedback that people preferred the colourful floral designs, especially for key title pages, to give their planner bold splashes of colour. This year, we've gone even more bold with our colourful design! In the 2021 planner the title cover pages, calendars, quote posters and most section dividers have a colour heavy design, however many of the other 'everyday, multi-print' pages are designed B&W, with minimal colour floral embellishments so that there's a small pop of colour when you print.
Straight after purchasing, you'll be directed to the links to download the planner. You can also access these links any time from the purchase receipt, sent to the email provided on checkout.
YES, friends, this planner is for you. This planner is designed for the January to December 2021 school year, and some of the new templates have specific mentions of the Australian curriculum. All pages are A4 size.
We haven't increased the price in 4 years, and so we really agonised over whether to increase it this year. Since first launching the Mulberry Planner (with your helpful suggestions) we've added more than 70 new page templates to make this now a 200 page yearly resource. It's a huge undertaking to design and prepare the the most comprehensive planner for home educating families (and we do still love the process of designing and providing this resource to you every year), but we think that the 52% increase in pages justifies the 8% increase in price ($3). Thank you for supporting our small husband/wife team.
The Southern Hemisphere 2021 planner is A4 size, designed for Australian and New Zealand printers, and any other printer that prints A4.
This planner is designed and sold by an Australian company.
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Unfortunately, due to the nature of digital online products we do not have a refund allowance on our digital products because you are purchasing access to a link that delivers the product to you. We can't return a digital product when you've already got access to it so therefore we can't do refunds. If you believe you have extenuating circumstances, you can contact us.
At this time, we are no longer offering customised cover pages. We apologise for the inconvenience, but we have added more blank templates for you to choose from!
This planner was designed by Grace Koelma © 2020 The Mulberry Journal. All rights reserved.