I had been on the hunt for some homeschool planning pages and I couldn’t find quite what I was looking for, so I created my own. I still used my old planning sheet for my kindergarten lessons, but once my oldest reached second grade and I began covering more subjects, I knew I needed something better.
Plus, since we were using the Sue Patrick’s workbox system and I wanted something to help with planning what went into each box (in our case bag). Be sure to check out how we tweaked the workbox system so that it worked for us and allowed us to NOT have tons of shoe boxes all over the place!
The homeschool planning pages that I created helped us know exactly who needed to work on what and in what order!
Weekly Plans & Assignments
My Weekly Plans printable page included all of my daughter’s subjects. I love that I could see everything that is 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.)
Weekly Planning List
The Weekly Planning List is a list of three things!
Extra supplies that I would need
Things that I still needed to do to prepare for the week
Books/videos that I will needed to check out from the library
I included three columns for each list so that I could keep ONE list for ALL my kids on ONE page. The first column was for my 2nd grader, the second was for my kindergarteners, and the last column was for my preschoolers.
The blank monthly calendar basically helped to give me some sense of direction. I made a rough plan for the year so that I can see what was coming up so that I can plan activities/crafts/fieldtrips, etc 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 would use that time to get my plans for the rest of the year completed.
Next, I would use 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 and I jotted things down on the appropriate lists. This helped to minimize the things that I needed to try to remember and it helped to 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.
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 and I put them, along with the Weekly Planning List inside a manila folder labeled with the appropriate week. This ensured that I had everything that I would need for all the kids for any given week all in one place.
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 to correspond with what box (bag) I wanted the assignment in. I made sure to have all the boxes (bags) assigned at the start of the week so that 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, which was kept in plain view so that it was readily available for me to refer to.
Am I still using these planning pages?
After using these planning pages for quite awhile, I moved to the Weekly Homeschool Planner because 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 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 used in the past, but it allows me to do SO MUCH MORE!
However, if you are looking for some basic printable homeschool planning pages? Look no further!