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I had been on the hunt for some homeschool planning pages. But, I couldn’t find quite what I was looking for. Although I continued to use my simple workbox planning spreadsheet for my kindergarten lessons, I knew I need something different for my oldest child. Once my daughter reached second grade and I began covering more subjects, I knew I needed something more – something better. So, of course, since I couldn’t find them – I created them myself.
Since we were still using the workbox system I made the printable that I could use with the program. I wanted something to help with planning what went into each box (bag). We used bags instead to avoid having shoe boxes all over the place). Therefore, I made the printable to meet those needs.
The homeschool planning pages helped us know exactly who needed to work on what and in what order!
However, the homeschool planning pages are not one-dimensional. You can use them to plan out any homeschool lessons. But, here’s how we used them.
Weekly Plans & Assignments
My Weekly Plans printable page included all of my daughter’s subjects. I love that I could see everything that’s planned for the entire week on a single page.
The little boxes on the printable are for the corresponding workbox number. For example, if I wanted my daughter to do her preposition work first on Monday, I would put a 1 in the box beside it.
I would do this ahead of time so that I could quickly reload their bags as they complete their work. (The download includes a blank Weekly Plans page so that you can write in your own subjects if desired.)
However, if you’re not using the workbox system, you can use the little boxes to check off items as they are completed! Remember, the printable is not one-dimensional!
Weekly Planning List
The Weekly Planning List is a list of three main items:
- Supply List – Extra supplies that I would need
- To Do List – Things that I still needed to do to prepare for the week
- Book List – Books/videos I would need to check out from the library
I included three columns for each list so I could have one single page for all my kids’ grade levels. I used the first column for my 2nd grader, the second for my kindergarteners, and the last for my preschoolers. (For those who don’t know, I have two sets of twins.)
The blank monthly calendar basically helped to give me some sense of direction. I made a rough plan for the year. This helped me stay on track with what was coming so I could plan activities, crafts, and fieldtrips accordingly.
So, how does this actually work?
You may be wondering how my actual planning process works. Well, each summer, my goal was to have all the lessons planned out through the month of December. We normally took a break in December and I used that time to plan for the rest of the year.
I used my Weekly Plans page to record all the assignments for the week. As I went through the lessons, I kept the Weekly Planning List handy. I jotted things down on the appropriate lists. This helped to minimize what I needed to remember.
Plus it helped me keep all my lists for the week in one place. As I obtained a needed supply/book or I completed something on the to-do list, I would check it off.
(For some reason, I have a kinda weird obsession with checking things off!)
Once I completed the Weekly Planning List for that particular week, I gathered all the worksheets and printables needed for that week for all of my kids. I put them (along with the Weekly Planning List) inside a manila folder labeled with the appropriate week.
This ensured that I had everything I would need for all the kids for any given week – all in one place.
I loved it because I felt so incredibly organized and prepared!
Helpful Tips for the Homeschool Planning Pages:
Once I had written all the assignments on the Weekly Plans page, I would go through and put numbers in the boxes for each day. The numbers corresponded with what box (bag) I wanted the assignment to go in. (At the time we were using the workbox system.)
I made sure to have all the boxes (bags) assigned at the start of the week. Therefore, each day as the kids were completing their assignments/bags, I could begin to load them for the next day.
All the Weekly Plans pages were kept in a notebook, except for the current one. I kept that one in plain view so that it was readily available for me to refer to.
Again, I designed these homeschool planning pages to coordinate with the workbox system. However, they can be used to plan out any homeschool lessons even if you’re not using the workbox system.
Am I still using the Homeschool Planning Pages?
After using these planning pages for quite awhile, I moved to the Weekly Homeschool Planner. I loved that it was an editable pdf. Since I would be teaching most of the subjects over again as my kids got older, this allowed me to create the lesson plans for one child and simply tweak them a bit in the years that followed for my younger kids. I liked not having to redo everything year after year.
Now, I use an online planner and I’m certain that it is the last homeschool planner I will ever need! Love, love, love it! It has everything that I loved about all the other planners I’ve used in the past. But, it allows me to do SO MUCH MORE!
However, if you are looking for some easy printable homeschool planning pages? Look no further!
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The post was originally published on August 12, 2010.