There are many benefits in knowing how to make your own student planner. And creating your student’s own homeschool planner gives your student control. Besides, keeping your student organized, it allows children to plan out their day, week, and year.
Too, a student planner has many parts, but not all of them are useful. Creating your own planner allows you to craft it to your child’s unique needs.
In addition, trying to adjust to a planner created for public school students does not equal a homeschooled student’s needs.
Look at some of the parts to include in your child’s homeschool planner:
- Front cover page.
- Calendar pages to help them track
- And lesson planning pages are the biggest part of printing.
- Finally, all the fun and random pages that make your student’s planner unique.
Free Homeschool Student Planner
Besides being a hard-working planner, there are many benefits to training your children to use one.
Getting past the idea that a planner is controlling is just not a mindset kids can have. I hear it all the time – I just want to be spontaneous.
How ever did a planner give the impression that every minute of your life must be planned? Oh sure, I’ve seen some plan like, but that is not how I plan or use a planner.
5 Benefits of Balanced Planning
So, look at 5 benefits.
- Teens have a lot they want to do, and a planner can help them to manage their time better
- Key to getting a lot stuffed into a day is to prioritize. Do you know how many adults are crippled by not being able to isolate what is and what isn’t important mow? Learn how to prioritize early so it’s less painful to learn as an adult.
- Children avoid self-imposed stress. Imagining that your day is busier than it really is way more stressing than actually doing what is on the list. It’s easier to see their schedule laid out in front of them.
- Even if you don’t have deadlines for your children’s project, they will eventually have them. Teach your students to have self-imposed deadlines. When children set up their own standards, they normally rise to the occasion. This is a healthy habit for adult hood and self-regulating.
- Your student needs to know how to say NO. When he glances at his planner and sees he has a full day planned, he is taking charge of setting limits. This promotes a healthy mental state by not accepting more than he can do.
Also, what I find is that if students can pick and choose not just the planner, but accessories it individualizes their personal planners.
What I’m saying is a student’s planner should be expressive as the student is.
In this way it becomes more than just a scheduling tool, but a way for the student to express what is important to him. Look a few cool things I rounded up below which can make it fun for your children.
Free Printable Homeschool Student Planner
After adding a few fun pages to your child’s planner, look below at how to create your student’s homeschool planner.
Step 1. Choose a Student Planner Cover.
On my DIY Best Student Planner page, I have 12 free planner cover options and I add more as I can.
Then, move on to different calendars to help your student.
Remember, I create 3 different types of calendars. Your student may need all 3 just like you. Why? Because each one serves a different purpose.
Step 2. Choose a Type of Calendar.
Depending on the age of your child, you may plan the school year or your child may be old enough to do it. Keep in mind, the first attempts will not come close to what you’re thinking.
However, the purpose of a planner is to train your child to organized habits. That begins here, but it never looks like we think it’s going to look like.
Read at my post How a Homeschool Planning Calendar is Superior to a Regular Calendar if you add a homeschool planning calendar to the planner.
In addition, look at the 3 different types of calendars your child may want to include:
- A regular calendar. I keep the beautiful options on Step. 2. Choose Calendars/Appointment Keepers.
- The planning your year homeschool calendar which is on Step 5a. Choose Unique forms JUST for You! Not a kazillion other people and
- Two-Page per month calendars for tracking dates which I also call Appointment Keepers. They are also found at Step. 2. Choose Calendars/Appointment Keepers
The third part is the largest of any planner and that is the lesson planning pages for your child to note how he wants to lesson plan.
Step 3. Choose a Lesson Planning Template.
And I have 4 free beautiful lesson planning templates at DIY Best Student Planner page which you can choose for your child.
Step 4. Choose Fun Pages.
Like Random Thoughts & Teen Driving Record
Next, is one of the most fun for your student. Selecting random pages like end of year or first of year about me pages are fun. Adding note pages or pictures makes the planner individualized.
Finally, the last step is deciding a way to bind the planner.
Step 5. Bind it.
This last step may not seem important, but it is. I never encouraged my teens to use a notebook because the 3 rings got in the way of comfortable writing.
Encouraging writing in the planner is key, but it needs to be comfortable. Even using disc rings is better and coil binding is my number one preferred way of binding my kids’ planners.
Too, some parents who have a leftie can choose to have it top bound. Flipping from bottom to top is a great idea.
What do you think? Want to start building your child’s planner with my free printables?
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