DIY best student planner is created just like my 7 Step DIY Homeschool Planner.
How to Help Your Homeschooled Children Manage Their Time
Listed are some of the ways I helped my children manage their time.
1. By allowing them to choose which subject to cover first and in what order.
2. If they do not get what is required of them for my school day because they chose the order in which the subjects are to be covered, then failure is best learned at home where it can be addressed.
I don’t feel failure is necessarily a time of punishment but of education and experiment. You as the mom know if the child’s attitude was a lax one where discipline may be needed or if it truly was a failed attempt to manage his time.
As moms, we are constantly trying to find schedules and routines to suit us until we find something that is “doable”. The child should be allowed to do this while at home where he is learning independence and time management.
3. Setting timers if the child is not stressed by them but sees them as a “tool” to balance time spent on subjects and not a “race against time”. This has always been stressed by me and they see me using it to cook with in our kitchen and knows it signals anything that I am cooking “done”. So any child, young or old can understand that ) Again, it’s all how you explain it to them.
4. Adding visuals to our school area to help them see where they are at during the day in particular subjects. For example, each of my son’s have a stack of drawers that contain one subject in each drawer. They know to start at the top and work their way down. This lets them see how many subjects or drawers they still need to cover that day.
5. Check off lists made by me or by him looking at my Curriculum Planner from an early age is how I trained my oldest son. When they are young, let them see you write/plan in your planner. Organization is learned by modeling first way before they use a planner.
As I have tips, I will add them to this main page for the Student Planner. Too, I want you to know that many of my options found on Steps 5 – 7 work for this Student Planner so be sure to look over those pages and add in what your teen wants as you build his or her planner.
Begin Building Your DIY Student Planner
STEP 1. Choose a student planner cover.
Step 2. Calendar Pages
Like you, your student may want calendar pages.
If you want calendar pages, choose from my calendar pages on the 7 Step DIY Homeschool Planner Step 2: Choose Calendar/Appointment Keepers. Sometimes your child does not need as extensive calendar keeping as you do, so you decide which ones to add or ask your child.
Step 3. Choose Student Lesson Planning Pages below OR choose the lesson planner pages on the homeschool planner
So many choices! Worse than shopping with a teen!
Note: this is the MAIN part of your planner and when you print you will want to print front and back and print enough for the year. Too, you may want to print weekly instead of coil binding.
Decide what is best for your teen. For me? It takes more time to print it all off at one time, but I have it for the whole year.
The lesson planning pages here, however, are more suited for each student having their own planner that is unique.
Again, you have choices and determine what is good for you instead of purchasing a planner where you only use parts of it.
If you need more accountability you can track subjects and activities in 15 minutes intervals by shading in the pie. Download Editable subjects lesson planning page here.
Step 4. Choose Fun Pages.
Like Random Thoughts & Teen Driving Record
The pages created below were designed to make the planner something that your student can call his own. Planning, I have always said, is part journaling.
Allow your student room to create if he wants to. Print as many or mix match the colors along with the black and white one to spread throughout the planner or make one section for just Random Thoughts. They have many color choices.
About the Driving Record – Whether you choose a state approved program and teach your teen yourself or you have them attend a driving course, this form will help you track the options.
Download Teen Driving Record.
These End of the Year Flash back pages can be a back cover or place it at the end of your students planner.
Steps 5 – 7. Choose a Back Cover, Bind it, Personalize It.
Like the homeschool planner, the student planner can be personalized by adding pictures or any other form you student wants.
Free Student Planner
Also here on my site, I have a free Girly Girl (yes that means a Manly Man planner will be coming too. Just please don’t email me and ask when because my creativity is not planned) undated planner that you can download below.
Read How to Use it.
Too, I love this planner so you can even use it for the calendar section of your planner if you want to.
I wanted something for your kids that they would hopefully think is smokin’ hot and would breathe some life into their organizational efforts. Color and pizzazz do it all the time for me in my curriculum planner and well I want something special for them too. Just like learning, the organization itch should start early and we should be passing on some of our organizational habits to our kids. Like us, they want things that are pretty too and so finally, I have one set created as your kids and my kids have been on my mind.
Curriculum Pages for Planner
So this is the first of two sets. Girls first and I started with a set just for them. And even though I don’t have any girls, though one day far, far, far off in the future, I hope to have the most sweetest daughter-in-laws ever, I know you probably have one or two sweet girls.
With them in mind, I have created the first set of undated calendar-like pages called Girly Girl.
Kids have such unique needs and helping my boys to manage their deadlines and appointments, I have created a set with them in mind.
Oh sure, if you want this for your planner, please use it. I just created it a little bit different and more whimsical. Here is how to use it:
- First, it is undated so that means it can be used year after year. Well maybe what is first is the fact that it is colorful. Lots and lots of color. You know my obsession with colorful planners. Too, it starts with July and goes through June just like all my year round homeschooling planning forms do.
- Then, it has a column to the right of the number to fill in the weekdays for that month. Let your girls do that because once they start writing in their planner, they can claim ownership. Just use the first letter or two of the weekday like this: “M” is Monday, “Tu” is Tuesday, and etc.
- The next section for dates is different than our needs as teachers who plan. It can be used to track deadlines, dates, or appointments if they have them or to fill in about field trips or things they want to journal. It is a lot more flexible because sometimes they need more of a to-do list or a space to write about how they feel or about events coming up. Also, one things that I notice with my boys is that they like to fill in events or journal after they happen. So they really are not different than us in that respect. They probably have more to say and we as planners, have more things to fill in about upcoming events. So that is the slight difference and my form reflects that little tweak.
- So the larger box on the far right is big enough to track their notes for the week. They can use a check off system by checking the colorful circles or just write down what they need to remember. This type of place allows your child to track his assignments. As your kids get older, I know you will be assigning long term projects and part of shuffling adult size decisions is learning now to track them and write them down.
The calendar-like pages are more like a place to track tasks, notes and a space to keep their own calendar.
In the years past, I had just printed off a 2 page spread for the curriculum planner for my boys, but again students needs are quite different than ours.
They also need a place to doodle and this calendar-like set is so much more flexible. There is a box at the top of each month too where that they can doodle or they can use that box for writing in priorities for that month, depending on their age.
As your child gets older, priorities become a must as they juggle volunteering, working, learning to drive and doing school.
I love this new set for the girls and you know what that means. Yep, the Manly Man set is coming next for the guys.
I hope your daughters perk up a bit with their planners and again, if you like it, you know I love ya, so knock yourself out if you find this fits a need you have. If you are going to use it, share with me how you think you will use it. I would love to hear how you use it too.