About Donna Young's Homeschool Planner
You are the Homeschool Planner and as the planner, you will arrange the different parts of home education that will make homeschooling possible and make homeschooling proceed each day with as little chaos as possible. Parental issues aside, there are things about homeschooling that are easily within your powers to subdue and I simply call this "being prepared". That is what this section Homeschool Planner is about - being prepared. Within the pages of Homeschool Planner you will find articles that I have written about the various aspects of planning homeschool and many free printable homeschool planner pages.
Pictured above is a two page spread from my homeschool planner from 1996. During my first few years of homeschooling when my children were both young and shared some subjects, I favored a 2-page 5x7 grid. The planner page is dotted with little happy stickers. The stickers represented a score of 100%. The stickers were more for me than for my children - they had their own sticker books.
Homeschool Planner is Organized in These Parts
The links shown here are also in the 2nd row of the navigation menu that is at the top of this page when you are browsing the Homeschool Planner section. These links are the "home pages" of the various sections in Homeschool Planner. The links remain active as long as you are in "Homeschool Planner." If you go to a different part of donnayoung.org, Art, for example, you will not see these links, instead, when you are at Art, you will see the art sections in the second row of links.
Information: Discusses the different types of planners, the pros and cons of subject planner and the weekly planner and the types of forms to use in the planners. The articles in planner guide are: Essential Homeschool Planner Forms | How to Make a Homeschool Weekly Planner by Donna Young | Homeschool Subject Planner | Homeschool Journal Planner | Homeschool Timer | Do You Need a Planner | Over the Years, Donna Young's Homeschool Planner
Information: Discusses how to get started with planning, how to schedule a day, and how to make simple lesson plans. This section How to Plan contains a few sections of its own. Some of the main articles and sections are: The Four Steps of Homeschool Planning | How To Make Simple Lesson Plans for Homeschool | (Surviving) The Curriculum Fair | Scheduling Tips for Homeschool | Using Your Encyclopedia to Make Lessons for Homeschooling
[An XLS File] There has been a great deal of interest in the V Planner. Most of the interest has revolved around how it handles lesson plans - whether it can do "this." I designed the V Planner to do things in a way that I would have liked, of course I am retired now. The V Planner combines the best features of subject planners and weekly planners. Go to the V Planner's home page and read about it.
Printables: The section called Lists has printable forms that deal with lists such as library books, reading logs, checklists, curriculum shopping list, goals, and etc.
Printables: Forms in the Administrative section deal with sorting out things such as attendance, grades, course of study, calendars, etcetera.
Lesson Plan Forms - click each tab to read about each type
- Term & Subject
- By Columns
- Excel Weekly
This "browsing" area is by far, incomplete. My apologies for that; it's just that I have this whole website to work on and projects take a while to complete. But for now, if you need a planner that is arranged by block width and height, you are in luck, sort of. I have grid planners grouped in that way here 5x7 Grid Homeschool Lesson Plan Forms and here 5x8 Grid Homeschool Lesson Plan Forms. Both of them have the snowman planner. And the 5x7 page has a planner that I designed after the planner that I used for both of my children the first 3 years of our homeschool 2-page planner with 5 x 7 grid
Weekly Planners are incredibly popular and for good reason - your plans for one week are right there on one or two sheets of paper, maybe one sheet of paper for each student, but they are still right there. Pictured here is a two-page weekly planner and those can be used for 2 children or more as long as you have enough room in the blocks. Most of my weekly planners are the one-page type. The planners on this page are not the only weekly planners at donnayoung.org, be sure to look at the Donna Young's Homeschool Planner Sets before deciding which planners to use.
What are Term and Subject Homeschool Planners? Those are some of my favorite types of planners and term planners and subject planners are pretty much the same thing, the difference walks in when they are specialized, but what they all have in common is that term and subject planners are for one subject [or class]. While I have more Term and Subject Homeschool Planners than those shown on this web page, the ones shown are the basic types - a Quarter Planner, a Semester Planner, a 6-Week planner, a Science planner, and an English class planner. Be sure to look at Donna Young's Homeschool Planner Sets because many of those will have coordinating subject planners.
The Homeschool Lesson Planners by Columns are nice in that they are interchangeable without looking odd; you can choose whichever block, ruled, row arrangement that I have to suit your needs; and the Homeschool Lesson Planners by Columns are available in doc format. These planners are actually a set and are spread over several web pages. Each page is named after the number of columns that files have on the page. Homeschool Planners with One Column | Homeschool Planners with Two Columns | Homeschool Planners with Three Columns | Homeschool Planners with Four Columns | Homeschool Planners with Five Columns. I included ruled paper with the column planner set: Ruled Paper with Two Columns | Ruled Paper with Three Columns
The planners on this page are for those homeschoolers who like to make a daily homeschool schedule. The first planner is a timer and the second is a daily planner. The daily planner comes in 3 colors- blue, pink, and green. Other planners that could be used for a daily planner are found in Homeschool Lesson Planners by Columns and Homeschool Lesson Planners with Rows
What are Row Planners? I'm making this up as I go along - a row planner is a lesson planner that has rows instead of blocks. Now you know. A row planner can be used as a daily planner or as a weekly planner. When used as a weekly planner, a week of lesson plans for one subject are stuffed into one row and it could be as simple as Math: Complete Lessons 6-10.
Homeschool Journal is for the most part lined paper, some of the paper is decorated in some way and some of the paper has a distinct homeschool purpose. The printable journals are sorted in to four sections as follows: Journals with Borders | Decorated Journals | Journals with Titles | Plain Journals. Of course any of the journals can be used as lined school paper.
Many years ago an online friend named Sumi outlined how she planned unit studies. From her method, I put this planner together and while I added to it, the planner would not have been possible without Sumi. The file is available in doc and rtf formats.
Excel Weekly Planner requires a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice. The planner allows you to create 6 weekly dated planners and a dated 3-week objectives list page. The planner can be personalized with up to 9 subjects and a planner title. You have a choice of a one-page or two-page planner. The two-page was a special request and the two=page version could be used for two children. YoungMinds, the Site-CD has a 12-week version of the one-page Excel Weekly Planner
Printables: Forms that you may print for your lesson plans. Please see also Sets [Planner Sets]
Information and Printables: In the High School section I wrote about the basic steps to planning high school and I provide printable high school forms.
Printables: The vaguely named section, Extra, has forms that might come in handy such as notebooking templates, grids, cover sheets, and homeschool group printables.
Sets - Coordinated Planner Sets
Printables: Groups of files that have something in common. Sets will also have matching planner sets, some permanent and some temporary.
Alexia Homeschool Planner
Alexia is available in several formats, pdf, doc, rtf, and odt. The font used in Alexia is also available for download.
Colonial Planner for Household & Homeschool
The Colonial set is probably the largest set that I have. This set is online as PDF's.
Marble Homeschool Planner
Marble is a pretty planner that I made 2001 or so. The Marble Planner is small; it has six basic homeschool forms.
Papyrus Planner for Homeschool and Household
Papyrus planner has household and homeschool planners and includes a matching calendar.
Homeschool Portfolio Lesson Planner
Portfolio Planner has 7 basic homeschool forms plus a matching calendar.
Portfolio X - Generate a Filled Homeschool Lesson Planner
Fill in the name, days, and subjects at Portfolio X, click a couple of buttons and you'll be presented with a filled Portfolio Planner.
About the File Formats
The Rich Text Format (RTF), DOC, and DOCX files were created with Microsoft Word 97 (not Works) or Microsoft Word 2002. My docx files were created with Microsoft Word 2007. Microsoft Word should open any of my word files successfully. Several other word processors might successfully open the RTF, DOC, or DOCX files.
The Acrobat files [PDF] should open with Acrobat Reader 5 or higher. Most of the PDF files can not "type-over", but some can be typed on.
The Typeable PDF are marked with this icon and the description of the file will state that the pdf file can be typed on.
The PDF files require the free acrobat reader. If you do not have the reader, it can be downloaded free from the Adobe Acrobat Reader web site.
XLS and XLSX: The Excel files, sometimes referred to as MS Excel will open with some applications that support spreadsheets; however not all of these applications will support the formulas in my excel files. Because of this, some of my xls files will only work with Microsoft Excel. A few files have password protected worksheets. These passwords are not given out.
What is: ODT? and Free Office Suites
ODT is an Open Office format. Open Office is an open source word processing suite. It is one an alternative office suite for those who do not have word or excel. Open Office has been in development for over twenty years and is free for download from their web site at openoffice.org. [update-2014] OpenOffice changed hands a couple years ago and I no longer recommend it. I'm not saying that it's bad now, I just do not have a copy of it on my computer. There are two other free office suites that I know of and they are: LibreOffice and Kingsoft office. I urge you to research all three choices before downloading to your computer. Also, make certain to download the software from the true owner's website.