7 Step Curriculum Planner – Please Read First

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If you have used my 7 Step Homeschool Planner before, then for your quick reference I have listed each page or step below!

{The only thing quick here are the steps because this free planner has grown to over 200 free downloads spread throughout the 7 easy steps. Grab your cup of caffeine, coffee!}

7 Easy Steps – “Tons of Options & Pretty Color”

Step 1. Choose a Pretty Front/Back Cover

Step. 2. Choose Calendars/Appointment Keepers

Step 3. Choose Goals/Objectives

Step 4. Choose Lesson Planning Pages Right For You!

Step 5a. Choose Unique forms JUST for You! Not a kazillion other people

Step 5b. Choose MORE Unique Forms JUST for You!

Step 5c. Choose MORE MORE Unique Forms Just for You! lol

Step 6. Personalize It

Step 7. Bind it! Love it!

Also, at the bottom of each page or step as you build your unique planner, I have linked the next page or step for you.

If you are new to my 7 Step Homeschool Planner, please start reading at the “Original DIY Step by Step” section below as  I want you to understand this process.

It won’t take long, but I give you organization tips as you go along.

After you read the section below, I again link each step or page at the bottom of this page as I help you to organize your content and planner.  Painless organizing, I promise!

“The Original DIY Step By Step Planner”

Get a one of a kind planner by mixing and matching the free pages here on my  blog and the for purchase pages in my store. Who wants one giant download of pages that are all the same? Pay or not pay for exactly what you want.

I have created a new shop with plus pages meaning the pages use classic fonts. In other words, not free fonts. Too, the forms generally require more time to create. My planner will stay free as I am determined to keep it that way. However, if you would like more unique options, more plus pages will be added to my shop so that you can upgrade parts of  your planner or all of it if you want.

For example, you may prefer an upgraded cover so purchase just that and use everything else here that is free. Or, maybe you want a free cover and premium lesson planning pages with color. Then grab the color lesson planning pages in my store. Again, you decide if you want the whole planner free or pay for a few upgrades.

You are at the right place if you want a planner that is unique.

 Step by Step Guide to Creating your own UNIQUE Planner. “You can’t rush perfection!” So take your time. Revisit this page after EACH step. Each step may consist of several pages. It’s a lot, but I’ll walk you through it.

I have created a STEP BY STEP guide to building your own customized planner along with extra forms.

Simply put, my Curriculum Planner, Student Planner and Home Management Binder are a work of my  heart! I am glad you are here to benefit from it. {Please do not host these files on your site.}

This planner will TAKE TIME to build,  but once you do it once or twice you will understand my method. TAKE YOUR TIME to build it so that you have ALMOST PERFECTLY what you want. Take a breather if you need to by just remembering which STEP you are on and come back to it.

Build your own unique planner and savor the organizational tidbits shared along the way on each page and on each form. There are 7 steps to building the planner but each step has SEVERAL options to help you determine which form/s are best suited for your needs. Print off all the forms you like. There is no right or wrong, just what is right for you.

About the Type of Planner Created Here.

By reading this section below you understand how this planner is intended to be used and get the most out of it.

A. It is a Daily Planner.

I am not impressed with weekly planners. There is never enough room to write. A weekly overview is good but I just don’t feel weekly planners have enough detail. I have a weekly form that you can ADD to your planner to see a weekly glance but there is more room to “plan” when it is daily.

B. Printed on both Sides.

All my forms are lined up so that most can be printed on front or back. There are a few pages like my 2 page calendar spread that do have specifics on which side to print. Do not waste paper.

C. Used for Multiple Ages.

Even though I have the undated 180 page lesson planner divided up into 3 sections, it can be used with up to 6 children. Draw a line in between each of the 3 sections and you now have 6 sections.  Also, you can divide one section for younger toddlers or preschoolers where less room may be needed. In addition, I have a different form for families that are larger. They have unique needs.

D. Pages are undated.

By having an undated Lesson Plan and you filling in the date, you can skip school on days you need to and pick back up without erasing. Talking about erasing, that brings me to this next point.

E.  No ERASING Allowed {please}

One of my biggest pet peeves about lesson planning is the view that because one is using paper/pen we need to erase.

We do not and here is why. Lesson Planning is just as much about journaling after we school as it is planning slightly ahead. Do NOT make the mistake like I did one year and plan the WHOLE year {yep that is right and yes I had TONS of time in it and immediately was “behind” but I learned a very,  very valuable lesson}.

Life is not planned always and so our homeschool journey cannot be. Life is partly made up of appointments and partly unplanned and just “living”. This lesson planner needs to be utilized the same way. Plan generally, fill in your planner after you school specifically. By saving a part of your schedule each day at the end of your school day just like a public teacher does, you can plan for the “immediate future”. The immediate future is next week, tomorrow or a few days NOT the whole month. In addition, a huge advantage to this method is that you adjust lesson plans quickly, that day if necessary if something is not working which is the whole reason a lot of us homeschool in the beginning.

F. Coil Bind, {not notebook, not comb binding- there is a difference}.

Because you are not sure what you may want in your planner, a lot of homeschoolers may think that a Notebook style planner would be good because you can add to it. But I do not feel it is and this is why. You will be constantly aggravated by it and tempted to keep adding “perfect forms” {do not exist} because you have not reigned yourself in to use a system. An unorganized person is one who constantly wants to keep adding to a system instead of utilizing one that is close to what they need. Organization is about sticking to a system not constantly adding more work for yourself. Come over, come over {can you hear me tenderly calling} to the organized side and breathe easy by using what you selected and learning more about yourself as to what you like or don’t like. The next one you make will be even better, just don’t aggravate yourself. In addition, notebooks are bulky and hard to write in with the 3 rings that seem to get in the way. Notebooks work good for timelines and notebooking where you are constantly adding content. That is NOT what you want to do with this planner.

How to use the Step by Step Guide –  Don’t miss anything!

Each step has MULTIPLE options. This does not mean you have to only choose 1 option. You may choose to print off ALL the options. Each step may provide multiple color choices and layouts and it is the same for each option. In other words, I have not created ONE planner and ask you to use it for your unique family. But I have created ALL the forms needed to go into a planner and then some. You can decide what is best for your family on each step.

Advantages of an Undated Planner

1.In thinking about Teachers Manuals, they are NOT dated but are numbered — revolutionary thought uh? lol

2. The homeschooling family lifestyle is ever changing and one advantage to homeschooling is flexibility.

With a dated curriculum planner, it can make one feel “behind” if you skip a few days of school to care for “life”.

3. My undated Curriculum Planner though does not mean unorganized, it is organized. It is NUMBERED. This allows you to “see” where in YOUR school year you are regardless of when you start. No more “skipped” pages or wasted paper because you had to skip one or more days. Too, each page has a place for you to fill in the date.

Also, on pages 45, 90, 136 and 180 I have listed quarters. At page 90 is a notation for 1st semester and end of 2nd semester on 180 to flag “benchmark” days for your easy planning.

4. Some homeschooling families begin their school year with the physical year of January to December and not the academic year of August to May. This planner can be used at ANYTIME that suits your family whether you follow an academic year, physical year or any other time of the year.

5. You simply stop lesson planning when you need to—-take off a week or two if you are year around schooling—then pick back up with the next page.

Understand the printing process before you start printing – no waste!

Understanding the printing/coil binding process some now will save you a costly mistake.

As mentioned, this planner is designed to use BOTH sides of the page and LEFT refers to the left side when the planner is laying flat and RIGHT refers to the right side when planner is laying flat. I know this sounds crazy, but it makes more sense when you start printing as you are just giving the 180 page download.

The LEFT side or ODD Pages are moved over on the page to the left more to allow for coil binding in the middle.

Likewise with the pages that are for the RIGHT side or the EVEN pages are moved over to the right more to allow for coil binding in the middle.

Print the EVEN pages first.

This ASSUMES that your printer prints from the largest quantity (or Page 180) and then back to the small quantity or (Page 1).

It was easier for me to simply print EVENS first then ODDS instead of doing double sided printing since my printer has that capability.

Last pointer: If you don’t all ready know which way your paper feeds into the printer, try a few sample pages before you print ALL the ODDS. Tip: Be sure you notice how your paper is stacked in the tray BEFORE you pull it out so you will know what your printer is doing.

Is it numbering from largest quantity or page 180 to page 2? Then you need to follow my directions. If not, test a few pages first.

For my printer, since page 180 is out first, I have to re-stack the whole pile that comes out with page 179 on top instead of page 2 so that when it is printed it is numbered correctly.

Printing tip from one of our members named “Our Family is His”. She said “When you have your nice stack of sheets numbered from 2 to 180 do everything the same BUT click the box next to “REVERSE PAGES”. Then load your stack as it was printed (properly positioned so it prints on the back like we mentioned). It will pull page 1 on the back of page 2 and so on all the way to the end without you have having to hand restack. Just that simple and click.”

Let’s Start Building YOUR ALMOST Perfect Planner. Click Below on Step 1.

Step 1. Choose a Pretty Front/Back Cover

 

Curriculum Planner for Homeschool

 

Comments

  1. says

    This is fantastic! (And something I really need to work on). Definitely pinning this! Thanks for linking up to ‘Favorite Things Friday’ with Simply Rachel & Hip Homeschooling! I’d love to see you featured on my blog sometime, so don’t forget to post a badge with link-back to be eligible. =)
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  2. says

    This looks like an amazing planner, I love your tips, I have also made the mistake of planning to far in advance. Thanks for sharing and linking up at Favorite things Friday! Hope to see you again this week and make sure to add a link back or button to be eligible to be featured, I’d love to feature you on my blog and social media!
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  3. Jennifer A says

    Not to rush you… :) but do you have a guesstimate as to when those new lesson planning forms will be ready? We’re starting back in July so I’m eager to decide if I want the new colored pages this year or if I should stick with the original black and white.

    And thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful forms you create! It really is appreciated :)

  4. AudreyH says

    Thank you so much for this awesome planner!!! I’m loving my custom curriculum planner!! The student planner I made for my three girls work perfectly for their daily assignments and our year-round school year. I have shared your site with all my homeschooling friends and will be a loyal customer!
    Blessings!
    Audrey in NC

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