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A few years ago I decided to create my own DIY printable homeschool planner. The planner I previously bought was printed with errors and I couldn’t justify the cost when I would need to add and edit pages.
I decided that if I needed to print pages to make that planner work, I might as well make my own planner and save my money! I am passing the savings on to you by gifting you the free printable homeschool planner. Keep reading to get your own copy.
It is really easy to make your own customizable printable homeschool planner. If only I had known that years ago. I could have saved so much money!
I organize my homeschool planner in a 1.5 inch 3-ring binder with pocket divider tabs. You can have your planner bound at an office supply store fairly inexpensively, but I like being able to add and take things out.
This means the printable homeschool planner will be able to adapt to whatever I need it to be. It is truly 100% customizable! Using a 3 ring binder also lets me just pull out old pages and insert new ones each summer as I prepare for the new school year.
Printable Homeschool Lesson Planner
This free printable homeschool lesson planner offers quite a few pages:
- 10 Printable covers
- List of kid-friendly unusual holidays
- Blank monthly calendars
- Attendance tracker
- Yearly overview
- Two lesson plan templates
- Unit study planner
- Field Trip Planner
- Book list
- Weekly plan
- Daily to-do list
- Meal plan
- 1000 Hours outside tracker
- Blank 1000 and 100 trackers
Printable Homeschool Planner Covers
This printable homeschool lesson planner bundle comes with 10 covers to decorate the front of your 3-ring binder. Print out whichever option appeals to you. There is room to write the year if that is helpful for you. A pretty cover certainly isn’t necessary, but we might as well make our planner pretty if we are going to use it all year long.
I love including unusual holidays in my lesson plans, but it can get time-consuming to look up fun special days each month. This list of kid-friendly holidays does the research for you.
Unusual holidays can be a great way to sneak in a little learning. I have a few book lists and unit studies that might help you plan fun-themed activities.
- Ice cream unit study for Ice Cream Day (July)
- Books featuring pizza for Pizza Day (September)
- Learn about the history of popcorn on National Popcorn Day (January)
- Have a Pi Day party on Pi Day (March)
Monthly calendars let me see an entire month at a glance. This is helpful when trying to coordinate co-op classes, park days, field trips, and appointments.
I also got down any ideas for upcoming lessons or unit studies on the calendar pages in the notes section.
The monthly calendars are intentionally blank so that you can reuse them year after year.
Some states require homeschoolers to track school days or hours of instruction. This attendance tracker can track both.
To track school days, put a checkmark in the appropriate spot.
To track instructional hours, write down the time spent on schoolwork in the box for that day.
Not sure about your state’s requirements? Check out the homeschool laws for your state at HSLDA.
I included a yearly overview in this printable homeschool planner that keeps track of curriculum choices and field trip possibilities.
Language arts, math, science, and history are listed, but there is room to write down four more courses (plus some empty space).
Lesson Plan Templates
There are two lesson plan templates. I have used both.
When my kids were younger I used option 1. This lesson plan template contains columns with subject headings and rows for each day. To plan, I just wrote down the books, activities, and assignments in the appropriate spot. It worked well when I was in control of our homeschool day.
Now that my kids are in middle school and high school I use option 2. This lesson plan template has a heading for each subject and space to list the assignments. To help them gain a little independence I give them a list of their weekly assignments on Sunday evenings. They are responsible for completing everything by Friday at 4 pm. I am available to teach or help anytime between 8 am and 4 pm.
Unit Study Planner
The unit study planner page in the printable homeschool planner is incredibly useful for organizing resources around a theme. Once you have a unit study theme, keep your resource and ideas organized. There is space to record:
- Field Trips
- Hands-on activities
Related: Create a Unit Study on Any Topic
Field Trip Planner
I love taking field trips, so we go on as many as we can each year. I try to plan a few field trips at the beginning of the year when I am planning the year.
This planner helps me organize all of our potential field trips.
Related: 30 Awesome Homeschool Field Trips
You can use this tracker in two ways.
The first is by planning the books you want to read each month and/or year. This list is helpful to bring to the library or to reserve books online.
The second way to use the book list is by keeping a record of each book read. This can be a great addition to a homeschool portfolio if your state requires that.
This planner can be used to notate lessons, errands, appointments, or tasks. It lets you see everything you need to do during the week in one glance. Seeing all of our commitments at once helps prevent me from overscheduling our week.
Daily To-Do List
The daily to-do list helps you break your weekly plan into smaller pieces. I like to break up my tasks into a few categories:
This lets me prioritize my to-do list.
A meal plan page might seem like an odd addition to a printable homeschool planner, but meal planning helps me get dinner on the table after a full day of teaching. This meal plan page has room for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and others each day. There is also space for a short shopping list.
At the bottom of the page, write the groceries you will need to purchase. Remember to include any special supplies for lessons.
1000 Hours Outside Tracker
Have you ever heard of the 1000 Hours Outside movement? The basic idea is to match screen time with outside time. Screen time adds up quickly, but sometimes we need to be intentional about time outside.
The 1000 Hours Outside tracker page of the printable homeschool planner can help you be intentional about spending time outside with your children. Many people list a goal of 1000 hours annually, but you get to set your own goal.
1000 and 100 Trackers
These tracker pages are great for tracking whatever you like. A few possibilities include:
- Board Games
- Park Days
There are options for tracking to 100 and 1000.
The beauty of a homemade DIY homeschool planner is that you can customize it so that it works perfectly for you. The sky is the limit!
One advantage of using a printable homeschool planner is that you can print out as many pages as you need. This means you can print pages for each child. You can also print out a fresh set of lesson page templates whenever you lesson plan.
One last advantage of a homemade homeschool planner is that you can reuse the binder each year. Just print out new pages and refill the planner.
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