I love to organize, but I know that not everyone does! However, I think we can all agree that planning and organizing are essential to developing good habits. Over the years I’ve done all kinds of things to plan my homeschool day that have worked well, but now I’m on to another adventure: Challenge A
My son will be starting Classical Conversation’s Challenge A program in just a few days. One of the goals of the Challenge program is to teach the students how to take ownership of their school work. Eventually this will lead to a more independent learner. My children have had student planners before, but I was basically telling them what to write in each square each day. There is nothing wrong with starting with that, however, eventually you’ll want your child to be able to take the goal (or assignment that’s due) and learn how to break up that goal over the week(s). For example, let’s say there is a paper that they need to write and you want them to get it done in one week. They need to decide how to break up that assignment over the next 5 days (into smaller chunks) so they can tackle the assignment without waiting until the last minute!
That will be one of my goals for my son. To learn time management in this way. Classical Conversations suggests getting a student planner (or agenda) for the students to use. I looked at several of them online and in stores and just never found one that I was in love with. I knew what I wanted and I just didn’t find one that had it all…and so I made one!
Features of the HomeschoolStory Student Planner
*Note: I have a generic planner and a Challenge A planner. The generic planner can be used for any subjects and any age, while the Challenge A planner is specific to Challenge A students
I wanted a planner that was simple and not filled with busyness that my student could care less about. I hate to say it that way, but really, my son (and maybe many others) won’t take the time to read all the cute articles about good student habits or ways to get an A, or whatever little article is included in their planner. It would just take up space. Also, I didn’t want the days/weeks organized by time. For us that is just not practical. Maybe in a regular school setting, but for our homeschool routine, I don’t need him to schedule his tasks starting at 7 am, instead I want him to plan his tasks by subject and day of the week. Which is another point! I wanted room to write, but I also wanted it to fit on a 2-page spread. And I certainly didn’t want space wasted with an area for a teacher to sign for bathroom breaks! With that in mind here is what I came up with:
- Colorful, yet simple
- Could be for boy or girl
- Includes Week-at-a-Glance with room to write in assignments for each subject on each day
- Includes area for weekend work (just in case)
- Includes checklist for review each day (math facts, flashcards, vocabulary, etc)
- Includes area for Bible Reading Plan (if you have one)
- Includes full page Notes section
- Includes full page monthly calendars for long term planning and reference
- Week-at-a-Glance pages are undated but with room to write date
Also available is a planner specific to Challenge A with all subjects and review section filled in for Challenge A students’ needs.
How to assemble:
The planner comes as a PDF document. You can print it out in color or black and white. You will print as follows:
- Print the cover page to place in the front of your binder or as the first page if you have your planner bound. If you are binding your planner, you might want to use cardstock for the cover.
- Print the weekly pages (make sure you get both pages for the full week) You can print them front to back or just single sided. Either way works. You will need enough to cover all the weeks of your school year.
- Print as many of the NOTES page as you like. This can be placed at the end of the planner or mixed in throughout.
- Print the monthly calendar pages (one each).
- If you are binding your planner, you’ll want a blank piece of cardstock to place at the back to act as a back cover.
To download your planner, simply click on the link you want (generic or Challenge A) or just click on the “Visit our Store” link at the top.
COST: The planners are offered at a choice of $0.00-$5.00 I struggled with what I should charge (if anything) for the planner. Some items on my blog are free while others are offered for a fee. For the planner you will have the choice to pay what you feel that the planner is worth to you. But if you can’t pay or just don’t wish to pay, you are welcome to choose $0.00 and receive it for free!!
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