I cannot believe that it’s almost time to start getting ready for back to school season. July is coming to a close and our summer vacation is almost half way over. For many others I know that the first day of school is coming up much faster than that, so to help you get ready for the new school year I thought I would share with you some student planner printables.
When I was in grade seven our school district started handing out planners to every student at the beginning of the year. This was a very new concept at the time, and I know many parents scoffed at the idea that students needed planners. Not my parents, my parents thought it was a great way to help students be more accountable for getting their school work done. When I started Junior High the following year I found myself relying more and more on my planner to keep all my homework straight.
It now seems hit-or-miss whether school districts handout planners or even include them on school supply lists, but I do believe that a good student planner is a tool that will help our children during their education journey. So, today I would like to share with you updated versions of my student planner printables.
Student Planner Printables
A few years ago, I shared the two student planners pictured below as a Reader Request feature. I still really like them, but for students who have a lot of homework, there is not much room to write. So I decided that a full-size version would be the best solution.
Full-Size Weekly Student Planner
I toyed with changing the layout, but I wasn’t sure what else was really needed in a planner. If you make them too complicated, they won’t get used. No-one, especially busy students, want the hassle of trying to keep track of too many things.
Keep it simple is the name of the game.
The school week is spread out over two pages, leaving plenty of room to jot down homework each day. Each weekday is divided into three columns so that students can keep track of which class the homework or test is for and when it’s due. At the end of the week is room for lists, so students can have a place to keep all that information together.
Just like with the original version, I used two different colour schemes. I have it on good authority that scallops and pink just won’t cut it for the boys.
Homework/Project Planner Printables
For many students, a simple weekly planner is all they need. For others, they might want to add in a few more components. The homework planner is a great one to have on hand for those larger homework projects. It allows students to keep track of important information for the project and gives room to record the criteria the teacher wants to be met. It also, and this is the important part, allows a student to break a large project down into smaller, easy to manage steps.
Sometimes the assignments a student is given can be a little overwhelming, but with a planner printable like this one that overwhelming project can be broken up into smaller steps making it feel much more attainable.
Just like with the student planners above, these homework planners were originally created at the request of one of my lovely readers. I didn’t change them at all, except for the colours and the fonts to make them match the weekly planners. And of course, I couldn’t resist making them into half-size versions as well.
One side for the important information, the other for breaking down the project into manageable steps.
I’m sure there is much more I could have included on these, but again I didn’t want to make them overly complicated.
As always, to grab a copy of these printables for yourself, simply click the pictures. I’d love to hear what you think of these. Do you think your kiddos would get some use from them? Drop me a line in the comments below and let me know.
More Back to School Reads From Some of My Blogging Friends
Brain Power Boy has this awesome Tech Gear Guide for Homeschool Boys. Even if you don’t homeschool, even if you’re not thinking about back to school, this is a must read. So much tech goodness, you don’t want to miss it. Personally, I love the fact that LEGO has gone tech. (did you know that? I didn’t! Sooo cool!!!!)
The Super Mommy Club has your back when it comes to school lunches with this great post sharing One Whole Month of School Lunch Ideas with NO repeats!!! She’s done such a great job, you don’t even need to think about what to pack for a whole month!!! I dread coming up with lunch ideas, so this post is a huge live saver for me!
Over on Child Led Life, they have this fantastic post about setting up a Homeschool Classroom. I’ve used this as a guide for organizing our youngest’s room and craft space and we’ve had some amazing results.
One thing that we have been focusing on with our middle school boy is a little more independence in his school work. One big help for him has been a new assignment sheet for him (or me) to record the assignments for each subject and day of the week.
Translated, that means he needs a hands-on look at what he is expected to accomplish that week and a handy way to check off his assignments as he progresses without mom constantly hovering over him to make sure everything is done. In short, taking responsibility for his schoolwork and owning up when it isn’t done. (cough) But I’m sure that is only my child, right?
While I realize that a piece of paper doesn’t actually GET the schoolwork done, this has been a good help because he can see page numbers down to how many chapters of a book he is expected to read. At the end of each day (or week depending on his focus), we review what was accomplished and make adjustments as needed for the following days.
And if you are looking for some colorful (and erasable pens) – grab a pack of these (aff link). They are my FAVORITE and well loved in our house!
Each sheet has room to track 11 subjects for five days as well as a space for recording personal goals for the week. Along the top of each sheet there is space to record the week’s date as well.
There are also two clip art styles to choose from – one using rainbow washi tape or a fun rainbow sneaker design. Download one or both, editable or non-editable – your choice!
These print off four to a page if you choose to print double sided (two half-sized on each side). For those of you that would like to save a little time, there is also an editable version for the subject area. When the file is opened, simply type the subject area names in the blue squares and then print.
Fill them out with your new favorite pens (aff link) – and you are ready to go!
Additional Planning Resources for Students
If you’d prefer a larger assignment sheet to use with your children, you can download these Daily Assignment Sheets.
This student planner is one we’ve been using with our older two girls and absolutely LOVE it. Find out more here.
Download the Assignment Sheet for Students
Ready to download and use? Click the file name below and it will open the pdf file for you.
Clip art credit: Rainbow Sneakers from DigitalFunFactory and Rainbow Digital Washi from ClickPaperCo.