Free Homeschool Planning Pages

Free Homeschool Planning Pages

I love the idea of planning everything out and being the most organized homeschool mom anyone has ever seen. In theory.

Real life… Not so much. We’re definitely more of a go-with-the-flow, have-a-goal-but-flexible-on-getting-there kind of family. While my now 12 year old thrives on structure, any deviation from “the plan” can result in an anxiety spiral. We’re working on it.

Meanwhile, what works fairly well for us is to have a general plan (cover x number of pages in x subject most weeks)  and outline each week or two as we go. Since I couldn’t find a planning book or pages that fit our needs, I did what I usually do. I made my own.

 

 

 

 

 

These pages are extremely flexible. Some weeks I’ll want to plan lessons for specific days to fit a unit study or special activities. Those weeks I’ll use the sections to assign lessons for each day. Other weeks I don’t care if he works on one subject all day or in whatever order he chooses – as long as the week’s work gets done – so can list lessons by subject.

The checkmarks to the left of each lesson we use as “done” to quickly see the week’s progres. The right side checkmarks can be used to show which assignments I’ve checked over or to indicate that he needs help with an assignment.

The second page has plenty of room to list all the “extras” as they happen. Books read, videos watched, field trips, library visits, special projects, etc.

You can download these pages for free below – or – purchase on Amazon a 128 page softcover book that includes

  • yearly attendance calendar
  • 2 year (July 2018 – June 2020) calendar pages with space to note important dates
  • 12 year overview planning spaces for yearly overview planning
  • 52 weeks of undated planning & record keeping pages
  • extra lined and dot grid pages for book lists, co-op schedules, unit study planning, notes, diagrams, or whatever you need


Free Planning Pages

Free weekly home school planning and record keeping pages

The No-Prep Mexico / Ancient Civilizations Unit Study

The No-Prep Mexico / Ancient Civilizations Unit Study

Sometimes things just converge together and make planning a week’s worth of school nearly impossible. For me, that’s usually the same week I need the kids occupied so I can concentrate on other work deadlines. Last week was one of those weeks. While searching for something else I came across the Pack-N-Go Girls Mystery series and the related “extending the learning” packs on TeachersPayTeachers.com. With limited time and no plan in place I bought the Kindle version of the first Mexican book – Mystery of the Thief in the Night (Pack-n-Go Girls – Mexico Book 1) – and downloaded the free packs from TPT. I also added in some ancient civilizations videos & worksheets from BrainPop.com (Maya, Aztec, Inca, Columbian Exchange, Conquistadors) and our regular math and spelling schedule.

I don’t think this week’s lesson will win and awards but it was exactly what we needed to get through the week and not fall behind. With additional books set in Mexico, Austria and Thailand and more free related learning packs on TPT if I ever need another no-prep week I’m glad to know they are there.

Reptile Week – featuring Wild Kratts!

Reptile Week – featuring Wild Kratts!

My kids are HUGE fans of Wild Kratts. I’m pretty sure they have seen every episode, most more than once. When I heard there would be four new episodes all about reptiles this week it seemed perfect for a reptile unit study. I had to work Monday and a bit on Tuesday, a public speaking assignment to prepare and present on Thursday, and a gluten free lasagna to cook and deliver for a volunteer lunch on Friday. It was a bit of a busy week but we managed to get a good deal of fun and learning done.

 

 

Monday – Work day for me.  No school / free reading.

Tuesday – Partial work day.

  • *Introduction of topic – Reptile KWL
  • Wild Kratts Episode “Rattlesnake Crystal”
  • Rattlesnake Wrestlers reading comprehension passage
  • Draw a rattlesnake using a shape pattern on the skin
  • Library to pick up books

Wednesday

  • **”What is a reptile?” – non fiction reading & comprehension passage – updated KWL sheets
  • Snake trail addition and subtraction math game – Mark alternating spaces with + and – signs, shuffle a stack of playing cards with face cards removed. Each child receives a die, dry erase board and marker, and game marker. Student rolls the die and moves the appropriate number of spaces. They draw 2 cards from the pile and write the problem & solution on their board using the operation they landed on. Continue until board is full. Fast finishers can go back and reverse the operation for extra practice.
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  • Wild Kratts episode  “Gila Monster Under My House”
  • Spike the Mixed Up Monster by Susan Hood (fiction book – Spanish vocab)
  • Spike activities (coloring & sing along)

 

Thursday
Reptile ABC order worksheet
Reptile Classification worksheet
Compound words worksheet  (like rattlesnake)
Expanded form of numbers – Video  –  worksheet
Wild Kratts episodes “Tortuga Tune-up” and “Road Runner”
Updated KWLs

Friday
**”Alligator” and “Crocodile”  – non fiction reading & comprehension passages
**Alligator and Crocodile Venn diagram (compare contrast)
Wild Kratts episode “Mom of a Croc”
Reptile exhibit at Knoxville Zoo
Zoo journals – sketches of snakes at zoo & writing prompt “If I worked at the zoo…”
zoo-journaling-reptile

*KWL – Graphic organizer for many subjects “Know, Want to know, Learned”. Useful for establishing prior knowledge, eliciting questions to be answered during the week, and summarizing information learned during the unit. Example

** Worksheets taken from The Complete Book of Animals, Grades 1 – 3

Intro to Flight – Wright Brothers – Airplanes Unit

Intro to Flight – Wright Brothers – Airplanes Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick read and illustration about the forces involved in flight and airplane wings – http://www.sciencekidsathome.com/science_topics/flight.html

Nova Wright Brothers Video Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine
Magic School Bus Takes Flight (found streaming online)

A couple of math worksheets to warm up our first full week back at “school”
http://www.greatschools.org/worksheets-activities/5363-addition-grid.gs
http://www.k12mathworksheets.com/worksheet/subtraction-number-line-airplane/

Reading comprehension passage and quiz (3rd grade level)
http://havefunteaching.com/worksheets/reading-worksheets/reading-comprehension-worksheets/third-grade-reading-comprehension-worksheets/

Adapted the “Airplanes of the Future” lesson plan for us
http://www.nps.gov/daav/forteachers/lessonplansandteacherguides.htm

Library books used in this unit

The Wright Brothers by Andrew Santella
The Wright Brothers: Heroes of Flight by Carin T Ford (Famous Inventors series)
Stealing Air by Trent Reedy
You Wouldn’t Want to be on the First Flying Machine by Ian Graham
You Can Draw Planes
How Airplanes Work by Paul Ohmann

The Wright Brothers biographies were used for reading/comprehension of non-fiction text. Students were also asked to pick 5 events from the Wright Brothers lives and create a timeline from those events.

Giraffe mini unit

Giraffe mini unit

It’s the beginning of August (in a few more hours) and we’re back from our crazy Florida vacation so it’s time to start getting back to a somewhat regular school-ish schedule.

Our local zoo has just completed a new giraffe encounter area and zoo members (us!) can feed a giraffe for free through Sunday so I’m putting together a mini unit for Thursday, zoo visit on Friday, and art project for Monday.

We’ll research some facts about giraffes using this article and these websites:
http://www.secondgradesafari.org/giraffes.htmlhttp://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/giraffe/,

We’ll use the websites above and internet searches to research the foldables on pages 8 (Baby Giraffe Facts) and 17 (other giraffe facts) of the lapbook at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/giraffes.php.

A neat video of a baby giraffe standing for the first time – http://safeshare.tv/w/XehacqJPTh.

I love the chit-chat page shared on this blog – http://mrsjumpsclass.blogspot.com/2012/03/zoo-unit-day-1-giraffes.html.

For fun a few giraffe games here – http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/mammal-games-videos/giraffe-games-videos.html.

And a giraffe drawing lesson – free from TPT – http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Giraffe-drawing-lesson-723025. Says for kindergarten but I think we’ll enjoy it.

Butterfly Unit Study

Butterfly Unit Study

Spring is in full bloom here – just ask my allergies – so it is a perfect time to do a unit on butterflies! Our local zoo has a beautiful butterfly garden exhibit that should be open and make a great addition to our unit.

Monday

  • Introduction video – The Story of the Butterfly (Amazon Prime). We’ve discussed butterflies and their life cycle before but videos are always welcome for breaking into a subject.
  • Library Trip – We have books due (and we’re out of milk) so we’ll take a quick trip to the library (and grocery) for our books for the week. (See resource list below.)
  • Butterfly Fact Bookmarks (TPT freebie)
  • Making Words from “butterflies” (TPT freebie)

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Probably our field trip day (weather permitting). We’ll see how many butterfly species we can recognize in the butterfly garden.
  • Butterfly symmetry worksheet (TPT freebie)

Thursday

  • Monarchs and migration – PBS NOVA special  (Amazon Prime video) & Migration library book
  • Write reports on chosen butterfly (rough draft & final draft on butterfly lined paper. (Mine is from a book of reproducible papers I picked up a consignment sale. Free versions online here and here.)

Extras to fit in / add

 

Book List (with call number – non-fiction – and link to books on Amazon.com if available):