Over my career as a homeschooling mom, I’ve been so grateful to the myraid talented women who’ve created homeschool forms for their kids and also made them available to other homeschoolers for free. As much as I’ve benefited from those forms and worksheets and interesting pages, I thought I’d share some of my forms as well. If you snag one, I’d love to see how you’re using it, or if you’re inspired by one of my forms, I’d love a comment with link to your blog or flicker stream to see how you’ve modified it!
Homeschool Lesson Planner for Mom:
As a secular homeschooling mom, I’ve found it challenging to locate a lesson planner that ‘fits’, both in terms of size and features and content/design. I’ve found several lesson plan books that are designed for the classroom, which are fine, especially when you’re starting out and aren’t sure what you want in a planner, but they aren’t really designed for homeschool use. You end up with unnecessary pages and unused or unusable forms and bits. I also find that there is a lot of ‘fluff’ to them, like seating charts and other forms that are necessary in the classroom but irrelevant in homeschool.
I have found several planning books marketed to homeschooling mothers; CurrClick.com is a good place to find them, but most have scriptures or bible verses sprinkled throughout and aren’t really appealing if you’re not church-y. I found it easier and more satisfying to create my own version of a lesson planner. This way, I have what I want and nothing that I don’t. I looked at many different kinds of planners and styles and came up with a unique mish-mosh of features and pages that I like.
Over the years, I’ve had different needs, so my planner has gone through multiple incarnations. I used the same basic planner pages from 2004 – 2011, then updated in 2012 to add workboxes. I updated again in 2014 to accommodate middle school, and in 2017 for high school.
Below are some generic forms that you can print out and add your info to. I also started making customized personal and homeschool (or combined) planners through my Facebook page, Bossy Books by Heather if you prefer something a little more personal. I can do long-distance orders via Skype or email! In any case, I do hope that you’ll let me know what you like and are using, and link back to this page if you feel that these have helped you.
8.5 x 11 sized Lesson Planner Pages
Some notes on printing: I find it easiest to print each page out, then take them all to a print shop and have the pages copied there. Some pages, you will want printed front and back so that the book opens flat with a month or week in view.
In October 2011, we started using workboxes. I created a workbox planning sheet that I used, but it required additional storage; I really wanted it built in to my planner, so I re-did the layout. This is a blank version of my planner for 2012.
I updated my layout again in 2014 for middle-school, with a two-page layout that is completely different. In my personal version, I have my children’s names in the ‘notes’ boxes on page 1, and use the schedule on page 2 for a general routine, with source notes/specific assignments on page 1.
We also use a ‘Work This Week’ page; I have one for each student, with the week’s specific assignments listed. My kids earn money for completed assignments and completed chores, so we use this sheet to keep track of what they earn each week.
Of the money they earn, they’re required to deposit 20% in their primary saving account (bank), add 10% to a secondary savings (piggy bank; with a specific goal amount set to save), and 5% donated to a charity. The rest, we call ‘pin money’, and is theirs to spend or save as they see fit.
I updated again in 2017 for high school, with a completely new layout (forthcoming December 2016).
Elementary School & Middle School: After we started homeschooling, I began looking for ways to help my boys be accountable for their own work. We’re trying a student planner in 2011 for the first time. When my boys were in school, their teachers had “TIGER” and “BEAR” binders that they sent home to keep track of parent communications and homework. Borrowing that idea, I created STARS books. You can use them in a binder format or print them and have them spiral bound at a print shop. I recommend the spiral-binding method, with plastic covers on the front and back.
8.5 x 11 sized Student Planners
I’ve also made some worksheets and other pages that we use.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, I recommend checking out Donna Young‘s site. If you make homeschooling forms, please comment with a link to your site.
I also have a bunch of my household master lists and generic pages (household management journal/control journal/home notebook – whatever you want to call it) in this post. The pictures are from my binder and the pages are linked below most of the pictures. Some of the pages are .pdf and others are in MSWord so you can edit them.
If you’re looking for something specific, or want a custom planner of your own, please send me an email! I can’t promise a form, but if it’s an interesting page, I may try to make one.