Having a student planner for your kids is more for you than for them. It makes for an easy place to write in and check off their assignments, creating a regular routine and set of expectations. It also helps you to be more organized and makes getting the school day underway smoother since you can send them off to check their planner instead of trying to come up with an assignment on the fly. Besides, I’ve found my kids like to know what the expectations are right up front, so they know when they’ll be done.
The planner is designed for 1/2 size sheets (4.25″x5.5″), except where noted. So you’ll print onto regular 8.5″x11″ paper and then cut each sheet in half, hole punch it, and put it in a small sized binder with dividers.
- Weekly assignment sheets
- Basic maps for the US and World (use them for quick reference or to quiz states and countries).
- What to read (a book and author list of great fiction for this age group–we recommend only clean, safe titles and authors we trust).
- Reading record (a place to write down the books you’ve read for school records or just to keep track for fun, and a quick impression of the book).
- Test score tracker (for the student to track her/his grades)
- Monthly calendar (undated).
- Grade sheet for basic subjects to write down grades received on papers, assignments, and tests.
- Memorization (space to write in quotes, thoughts, or verses for memorization with a check box for success).
- Learning checklist (basics of what a child should have accomplished by each grade, 5th-8th, to be taken with a grain of salt . . . it’s to help you stay on track and make sure you’re covering the basics, not to give yourself or your kid a guilt trip with.)
- Weekly assignment sheet in the 8.5″x11″ size, if you prefer a sheet in front of their school notebook.
- Four Year Rotation for the Layers of Learning curriculum so you know what to study in each year, also in the 8.5″x11″ format for the teacher’s notebook, not the student’s.