Each of my older children use a different style of student planner to plan their week. I simply assign the work for the week, and they figure out how they want to complete it.
The idea is to teach the kids how to plan larger assignments by having them practice with weekly ones. Also they need to know how to plan their own work each day when they hit college and the workforce. Mommy will not be handing out personalized assignments each and every day of their life.
So in order to plan his or her own assignments, each child needs a personal student planner.
Each Child Picks a Student Planner
I know many families use the same student planner for each child, but we don’t. My thought was the child would own and therefore be more likely to use their planner if they picked it out rather than having me hand them a planner to use from on high.
My oldest uses a blank journal for his planning. He actually made his current one student planner himself. It’s very similar to bullet journaling but without the index. He takes time over the weekend to plan each day and includes a to-do list of personal items he wants to accomplish.
My second son enjoys the classic spreadsheet. I adapted the one Tapestry of Grace includes in the Loom for his specific courses and included daily chess practice (at his request). Then I printed out 36 of them. He uses one each week.
My oldest daughter prefers a blue classic sized binder with weekly planning pages inside. She diligently notes everything she needs to do using an obscure system of abbreviations and weird symbols. I can’t make heads or tails of her system, but it works. What more can I ask?
My third son loves going to the store in the summer and picking out a student planner for himself. Last year it took almost an hour for him to find just the right planner. This year it only took 5 minutes. He loved last year’s planner and picked the same style for this year.
My preschoolers don’t use student planners yet. We’d get all sorts of pretty pictures and hieroglyphics if I allowed them to attempt plan their week. So I’m waiting until they can at least read and write before we attempt to introduce planning to their week.
What style of student planner does your family use?