Layers of Learning Homeschool Planner

Layers of Learning Planner

The Layers of Learning Planner is for moms.  We designed it especially for the Layers of Learning curriculum, but it's dead useful for any homeschool style.

Description

This is a full size planner (8.5" x 11") in full color.  It looks awesome in gray scale too, if you set your printer that way to save on ink.

Layers of Learning Planner

 

Many of the pages have editable fields that you can fill in before printing.  The font we set the fields to is Century Gothic, a free font.  If you do not have Century Gothic installed on your computer the font will default to a sans-serif font that you do have.

The best part is that each section of the planner is a separate file and you can print out just what you need in exactly the quantities you need.

Layers of Learning Planner covers
Here are the seven different covers to choose from.

What's Included?

  • Seven different covers to chose from
  • Graph paper - for taking notes on or using as fillers
  • Monthly calendars, undated
  • Lists - pages formatted for making lists, all sorts
  • Notes - quickly add the date and write anything you like
  • To Do lists for you and for your honey
  • Weekly planner style calendar, undated
  • Guided Layers of Learning Planning pages
    • Step 1 - Pacing Guide
    • Step 2 - Unit Planner
    • Step 3 - Weekly Lesson planner
  • Daily lesson planner - for those who want to see one day on a whole sheet
  • Four Week Lesson planner - to see a month at a time, for minimalists
  • Grade books
    • Four students on one sheet
    • One student per sheet
  • Spelling Lists - if you write your own spelling lists for your kids
  • Writer's Workshop
    • Writer's Workshop Lists - things to include and a grading rubric
    • Writer's Workshop Weekly Planner
    • Writer's Workshop Yearly Planner
  • Cleaning schedule - for your home to keep you organized
  • Financial - includes a budget worksheet and a "pocketbook" method of keeping track of spending
  • Recipes and Menus - pages to plan your menus and keep track of favorite recipes
  • Websites - write down urls, passwords, and login info on categorized sheets
  • Contacts - write down friends, family, local business info.
  • Goals
    • Bucket List - spots for 100 things to do before you die
    • Simple goal with 3 steps sheet
    • Family goals
    • More involved personal goals sheets with categories for a balanced life
    • Habit tracker with dates to mark off progress on daily habits you are cultivating

Housekeeping

These sheets shown below include all the householdy organization you need like menus and recipes, finances, cleaning check lists.

Recipes and Menus

First we have the recipes and menus.

Recipes and Menus pages

Put some of these recipes pages in your mom planner so you can jot down recipes you would like to try or to make sure you've got one you love.

The menu pages can be used to plan a week of meals, one day per box, or to plan seven weeks of dinners, one week per box.  Alternatively, you can use a single sheet to plan a special meal like Christmas dinner or a start of term feast. In the pink bar at the top you can write the category, like "summer" or "Hogwarts Feast."  The weekly meal planner is designed just for evening family meals.  It comes with a spot to write down your shopping list and to jot down an idea or two for desserts or snacks.

Finances

Next are the financial pages including a budget worksheet and a "pocketbook."

Layers of Learning Planner Financial pages

 

You should re-print the whole financial section every month, re-doing your budget every month (or at least re-tweaking it).  A budget is a living document.  You set jobs for each of your dollars for the coming month (not for all months), keeping in mind, of course, saving for bigger expenditures like Christmas or a family vacation.  The budget category lines are editable, as are the pocketbook categories and monthly amounts, so you don't have to write that over and over.

The pocketbook pages are our fav.  You write the amount of money you have to spend from your pocketbook for that category for the current month.  As you spend, you subtract and keep a running total.  If you have money left over, it rolls over to the next month. That way you can accrue money in some accounts like maybe "house repairs."

When I do my budgets I do not keep track of regular bills that are the same amount every month.  Things like the cell phone bill, the mortgage payment, the electric bill, the insurance premiums.  Those all just fit on one line in my budget with one lump sum for all bills and I do not keep a pocketbook for those bills.

Cleaning Schedule

Next is the very exciting cleaning schedule page.  Woo Woo!

Layers of Learning Planner Cleaning Schedule

The top space on each day is editable so you can add one regularly recurring weekly task to each day.  The rest of the spaces can be written in to add cleaning tasks as they come up.  Like spray off the front porch or wash mattress protectors.

At the bottom of the sheet are editable spaces for daily tasks like sweeping, doing dishes, making beds . . . whatever you do every day.

Websites & Contacts

These sheets finish off the housekeeping section of the planner.  They should be pretty self-explanatory.  If you like to keep these things on paper, then these pages are perfect.

Layers of Learning Planner Websites and Contacts

Homeschool

These homeschool planner pages are specifically for homeschoolers.  There are spelling lists, color coded grade books in two styles, daily, weekly, and monthly lesson planners, and a unit study planning sheet.  These sheets have editable fields where you can type in things that recur so you don't have to write in student names or regular subjects, for example, on each sheet you print.

Three Step Layers of Learning Planner Sheets

These sheets are unique to Layers of Learning and were designed especially to go with our curriculum.

Three Step Planning in Layers of Learning Planner

Step 1 - First, there are 40 weeks worth of pacing guide sheets (you can use fewer if you have a shorter school year).  On these pages you just jot down which topic or unit you will be on for each week with perhaps a note or two on things you don't want to forget.  This helps you decide how many weeks to spend on each topic.  You can use the Units At A Glance to plan on the Pacing Guide.

Step 2 - Second we made four sheets, one for each subject - history, geography, science, and arts - in Layers of Learning.  On these sheets and with you Layers of Learning Unit in front of you, you plan out which books to get, what to memorize, and which explorations to use.  The sheet limits you to three Explorations per subject per unit.  You do not have to do activities about everything you learn in the Unit, and this helps you keep the workload manageable.

Step 3 - Finally, you use your Unit Planner and the Pacing Guide combined to enter the activities into the Weekly Lesson Planner.  The Weekly Lesson Planner has editable fields for you to enter the subjects you will be studying in your homeschool this year.   This will help you schedule out and balance your time all through your week so no one day gets too busy.  Do not date this planner until the week you are actually using it.  That will keep you from feeling stressed or behind when life gets in the way and you have to slow down your school year for whatever reason.

We explain how to use these three sheets in much greater detail on "How to Plan A Layers of Learning Unit and Year."

Other Types of Lesson Planners

We also offer two other styles of lesson planners, a Daily Lesson Planner and a Four Week Lesson Planner.

Layers of Learning Planner Other Lesson Planners

You do not use all the lesson planners, you choose the one that fits best.  Most people will probably want the weekly lesson planner.  But if you are a minimalist who only needs a few notes to stay on track, then the four week lesson planner might be perfect.  If you like to have just one day on each sheet of paper, then go for the Daily Lesson Planner.  Both styles have editable fields for the subjects.

Grade Books

We have two different styles of grade books, for four students at a time, or for one student at a time.  The four-student grade book can also be used for two or three students.

Layers of Learning Planners Grade Books

The fields for the student names are editable on the four student grade book.

There are also spelling pages for those who write their own spelling lists for their children.

Writer's Workshop

We recommend that you do Writer's Workshop for your English program.  Writer's Workshop is a method of teaching English, not a curriculum.  These pages will help you plan out your own Writer's Workshop curriculum that is customized for your kids and is constantly flexible for their needs day to day and week by week.

You start my making a yearly plan.  Think about the writing skills you kids need this year . . . don't try to cram 12 years of education in one year, be reasonable with yourself and with them.  Do you need to do a poetry unit?  Really work on reports?  Master the 5 paragraph essay?  Put it on your yearly plan.  In pencil.  The Yearly Plan is a starting point from which to gain direction.

Layers of Learning Planner Writer's Workshop

To help you fill in your Yearly Plan and avoid leaving big gaps we've provided you with some enormously helpful lists.

There are "genres" to remember, the steps to writing, 5 levels of writing, and ideas for the mini lessons part of the Writer's Workshop.

Finally, you make an actual plan.

At the top of the sheet you see the "Daily Mini Lesson."  For each day of the week you start off your Writer's Workshop with a short, like 1-5 minutes (tops), English lesson.  Day 1 is your genre skill, the skill for which you chose your writing assignment of the week.  If you chose haiku poems you explain the haiku form and point out the haiku poetry books you have left on the table for the kids to peruse.  If you are learning about how to write descriptive sentences you might read a few great sentences from literature and make them into bad sentences, noticing the differences (then later during writing time kids will reverse the process and transform weak sentences into descriptive gems!).

Day 2 is a writing skill.  This would be something like choosing the best words (thesaurus anyone?) or listening to how people really talk before writing dialogue.

Day 3 is a rules skill, this would be grammar or spelling rules your kids consistently slip up on.  If they're failing to put commas in lists then you might teach that.  Pick one thing to teach . . . just one.  Next week you can do another.  Remember keep it short.  If you have a grammar workbook you love, you can use pages in it for learning rules skills.

Day 4 is for a sentence fix.  Write a sentence with mistakes in it, including the problem from day 3 and perhaps some other problems you've recently worked on.    Fix the sentence out loud together.

Day 5 is for narration.  Choose a sentence that has the rules skill from day 3 in it, read it aloud, and have the kids write it without a model to look at.  Then go through and correct the mistakes together.  I like to use sentences from literature, usually from whatever read-aloud we're doing at the moment.  It doesn't usually take too long to find a sentence with the appropriate rules skill in it.

The Daily Writing Tasks is a way for you to break down the writing assignment you have given your kids into manageable bits.  The first day is usually pre-writing (brainstorming, making lists, talking about ideas).  The middle days are for rough drafts and edits and the last day is for the final product.  Longer writing assignments like research papers or longer essays could take several weeks. But you can still break down the writing process into daily tasks.

The last spot on this sheet is "Trouble Spots."  You fill this out during the week as you watch your kids doing their writing.  If you see a mistake they are always making or somehing that could be improved, you make note of it and it becomes a future mini-lesson.

The last part of Writer's workshop is evaluating your kids writing.  This Writing Rubric does the trick.

The first page is for you, the teacher. The second sheet is for you to print, fill out, and give to your child after every completed writing assignment.

If you want to to know more about planning a Writer's Workshop unit visit our How to Plan A Writer's Workshop Unit post.

Calendaring

Here we have the calendar pages.

Layers of Learning Planner Calendars

These are just plain undated monthly calendars so you can do long term planning.  Write in holidays, school feast days, field trips, and family trips on your monthly calendar and then consult it while making weekly school planner pages so as not to forget the fun stuff.

Weekly Calendar Pages Layers of Learning

These weekly calendaring pages are for your family schedule.  Write the dates in the colorful circles.  Put your menu on the right and your shopping list on the left.  When you cut off your shopping list to take it to the store it will create a shorter cut edge in your planner that will keep your place without needing a bookmark.

Lists

If you're anything like us then you need lists . . . in a place where you can find your list again.

Layers of Learning Planner Lists

These sheets come in two different styles of lists.  We keep track of school subjects or topics to cover, books to buy, home repairs to make, dinner ideas, blog post ideas, things to buy our kids for birthdays, and on and on.  We use the "My List" page to prioritize our week.  The top box contains 3 things I MUST get done this week.  The other boxes are reserved for other things I want to accomplish this week in the "categories" of my life - like cleaning tasks, homeschool to-dos, 4-H assignments, etc.  The tabs on the lists are editable so you can give your lists topics if you like.

Goals

Finally, the last section of the planner is the personal one, for goals.

We added a "bucket list" for which you can write categories on the tabs (editable).  There are also simple goals sheets with "three steps" each.  And much more detailed personal goal sheets with categories to help you stay balanced.  There is also a family goal sheet so you can accomplish things together. Finally, there is a daily habit tacker for daily things you're working on.

 

How to Put the Planner Together

First, print just the pages you want.  You don't have to use them all. Then print double sided.  If you're not sure you can get it right with your printer take the files to a copy shop on a thumb drive and explain to them what you want. They should be able to help.

For easy and inexpensive printing we recommend the Epson 3600 series printer.  It uses tanks instead of cartridges and is so cheap to print.  Plus it has a scanner and will do double sided printing automatically. (These are affiliate links in this section).

Buy a Pretty Binder and Etc.

I'm not sure why, but I'm way more motivated to use and stick with a plan if it's packaged nicely so buy a pretty binder to put your planner in.  This is the one I bought:

I like it because it's simple (and involves no flowers) but also stylish and a little extra something. The one inch ring size is what I wanted, slim enough to fit in my school basket with the rest of my paraphernalia.

It pairs well with these colorful fashion dividers from Avery.Then, I like multiple levels of organization and to find my place quickly so I bought these snap in dividers as well.

Here is another binder that would appeal to the more girly among you, people like Karen . . . though honestly the dividers above pushed me to the edge of my girliness already.

Product Details

Age Range: Adult
Format: Printable PDF
Publisher: HooDoo Publishing
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
Digital File Size: 4.62 Mb

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