If you are like me, and trying to bring a little more organization into your crazy, homeschool life then you might appreciate this post. Because, I am sharing a homeschool student planner for FREE. ???
A while ago, I got on a planner-page-making kick… and this week, I finally decided to put together the ones that would work best for this year.
Since they are fairly generic, I thought some of my homeschooling mama friends could possibly benefit from them as well. Let me know what you think!
Benefits of Student Planners
- Gives clear objectives. Having a planner not only helps the teacher to clearly articulate what they expect but it allows the students to know exactly what they are supposed to be doing.
- Reduces Stress. Having a clear picture of what is on the student’s ‘to do’ list prevents them from becoming overwhelmed with their tasks. They can view them in bite-sized pieces
- Increases productivity. Clear communication and organization always leads to more things getting done, and less time wasted.
- Teaches responsibility. Giving a student their own planner allows them to manage their own time and tasks. This teaches responsibility and self-discipline.
- Tracks Progress. Keeping track of places they’ve been, or books they have read, gives a sense of progress and completion of a job well done. Which in turn, fosters motivation and confidence.
Tips for Helping your Child Use a Planner
To begin with, most kids don’t naturally have a sense of organization and planning, but it can be developed through some gentle encouragement and basic habit training.
My suggestion is to start off on the right foot by making it a fun experience. Give your child some stickers, or sparkly gel pens to decorate their planner and make it their own.
Then to begin developing the habit of using it, encourage them to refer back to it daily. Remembering that building a habit doesn’t happen over night but can take weeks to establish.
Lastly, be consistent in promoting self responsibility. Therefore, teaching kids to see the benefits of self-discipline and how it makes them feel as an individual gives them a ‘why’ to using their planner.
Choosing the Right Planner for your Student
First, this decision will vary for each child and their style of learning.
Secondly, if you have a child who is regularly over-stimulated, you are going to want to choose a very simple format. Perhaps, even a notebook with a minimal daily list of tasks they can check off.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to do a little trial and error. Give it some time and see what printable weekly homework planner works best for your student.
The Free Homeschool Planner:
This planner was designed with our homeschool family in mind, but it would also work in a classroom setting as well.
I’ve included a few different page options in this printable. Therefore, you can choose to use all of the elements are just a few. (We plan on using the daily spread and the reading list for sure.)
To give you a bird’s eye view of this printable student planner download, here are the contents:
1. About Me page.
2. Year at a glance.
3. Day Planner Page.
4. Reading Log.
5. Field Trip Tracker
6. Username and Password Log
7. Gratitude List
8. The Weekly Spread
This is the main spread sheet that is used each week. (I printed 36 weeks) This spread includes a week glance, subject check-offs, Chore checklist, and a place for notes.
How to Assemble the Free Homeschool Student Planner
You can do anything your creative heart wants to with this free homeschool planner printable (other than take, sell, or claim this as your own.)
I laminated the front and back cover, printed the pages back to front, and had it bound at our local print shop.
Free Homeschool Student Planner Download
You can access this printable student planner download here.
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