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.
Student binder printables can help students keep all of their important school and class information organized, setting them up for success from the moment they head back to school!
The student binder printables are baaaaaaccccckkkk! 🙂 Over the past few months, one of the most common questions I have received is, “When are you going to update the student binder?!” Well, I’m thrilled to say that it is here! Since last year’s binder was such a hit, I didn’t change much on the original version, but I did make a few little additions that I think will be helpful AND I’m offering a second color scheme that is perfect for boys (or for girls who prefer blue to pink)!
I’ve had a lot of requests for printables for students over the years, so a few years ago I finally took the time to create a whole binder full, and now you can have some bonus printables to add to this year’s binder! (And if you’re not a student, there are still some of these that you could use too, so don’t run off just yet! 😉 )
Student Binder Supplies
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Before we jump into the binder tour, here are a few of the items you’ll need to put together your student binder:
Student Binder Tour
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The first thing that any binder needs to have is a pretty cover, and this binder is no exception! I made it bright and colorful with plenty of room for the owner’s name and/or contact information. I printed my cover out on white card stock just to make it a little sturdier.
Next, I was sure to include a class schedule. You can keep track of what class is happening when, where, and with whom with this simple printable!
I then divided the binder into a few sections to keep everything neat and organized. The first section is planning, of course!
You know I never create a binder without including a goals page! I am kind of obsessive about goals because I really think that they work! Whether you’re a student or not, it never hurts to write out a few of the things you’d like to accomplish over the next year. I’ve also left room to write out some action steps you can take to get yourself closer to your goals.
Everyone– students and otherwise– can always use a monthly calendar. This one includes July 2017-December 2018 for over a full year of pretty planning! And if you’re thinking even further ahead than that, I’ve included undated calendar pages so that you can create a calendar for any year you want!
Another printable that everyone could use is this two-page weekly planner. Each day is broken down by hour to make it easy to use time blocking or just keep a close eye on your schedule. There is even room at the bottom to set some goals for the week and make notes.
If you want to go even more in-depth, you can use the daily planning printable, which has even more room to schedule your time, make note of people you need to contact, and keep track of miscellaneous items in the notes section.
The final printable in the “planning” section is a daily routines printable. Sometimes it’s helpful to clarify which items need to happen each morning (like packing a lunch or filling your backpack), afternoon (like finishing homework or doing chores), and evening (like picking out clothes for the next day or planning the next day’s schedule). This little printable can help you do all of those things!
Now, everyone probably won’t need all of these different printables for planning their time, but I wanted to make sure I provided a bunch of different options so each person could choose the printable or printables that would work best for them!
There are sooooooo many details to keep track of when you’re in school, and the next section of the binder is devoted to just that.
I know I was always overwhelmed on the first day of class when I would get my syllabus from each teacher and immediately be bombarded by assignments and test dates. The next two printables– an assignment schedule and an exam schedule– will help organize those things so you never miss a deadline.
If there is one thing I’m thanking myself for as an adult, it is that I was an avid reader from an early age. I know I’m a former English teacher, so this is expected from me, but reading is so, so, so important! This reading log makes it easy to keep track of your minutes/pages read.
I divided up the next section of the binder into the different subject areas and included the same few printables in each subject tab.
First, I included a grade tracker. It’s never fun to get to the end of the quarter or semester and be surprised by your grade, so this printable will help you keep track of all grades along the way so you know exactly what to expect. There is a column to list each grade, and then one to keep a running total on the far right. Print one off for each class and get tracking!
Next I added a simple-but-pretty notes page so you can keep all of your class notes nice and organized. I would print out a bunch of these at a time to have them handy any time I need to take notes in class, make a list, or just get some thoughts down on paper!
My very last printable in each subject section is a project planner. All of those school projects have so many little details, and this printable is the perfect place to keep track of them all! (Plus it’s cute, which always helps! 😉 )
A Second Color Scheme for the Student Binder
Last year I had several requests from moms of boys for binder printables that weren’t quite so pink! As a fellow boy mom myself, I completely understood the need for more options for boys, so this year I created a second color scheme option that would work for boys or for girls who just prefer blue to pink!
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The student binder printables are simple, but when used consistently, they can truly help make your school year (and your life!) so much easier!
Happy organizing, friends!
The post above was updated on July 25, 2017. The photos below are from an older version of the post.
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