WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: Not expecting or planning to be a home schooling mom, I very quickly found myself overwhelmed with trying to plan activities, curriculum, and outings, while also taking care of my little kid, and working! Designing a planner that was flexible, but also organized my to-do list, our home school schedule, and set expectations for what "school" is today, has eliminated a lot of stress for me and my kids. Plus, with a years worth of fun, independent activities, I can keep my older kid busy when I need to help my little guy. As a bonus, if we just use the planner, our portfolio for the year is complete!
What you get in the bundle:
THE PARENT PLANNER
The companion to my 180 Days of First Grade student planner, this instructor/teacher/parent planner is perfect for home schooling families. There are pages for planning units, planning the week's to do list, cataloguing resources for easy reference, and planning your home school attendance schedule for the year. Also included are the common core standards for first grade with space to track your student's progress using skills based grading.
Perfect for disk bound planners, and also formatted for top bound ring binding.
THE STUDENT PLANNER
180 Days of First Grade Assignment Planner is designed especially with home school families in mind. The instructor/parent can fill in the "assignments" and your child will know what to expect from the day and start learning to manage his/her own work load. (In my house this has reduced the power struggles!) The planner is also designed to document almost everything you need for portfolio time-from attendance, to work samples, topics covered and book lists, simply fill in the planner and you will be ready to go come portfolio season!
"Circle Skills" help your student practice basic skills-and provide you with a year of no-prep morning work type activities. These can be done independently while you help another child, or as a group. They are common core aligned, and repetitive enough to encourage independence, but are open ended so that you can adjust the challenge to meet your little learner's ability level. And they are fun!
Dice and domino math games
Drawing and writing prompts
Word bot real vs. nonsense sorting
Rainbow writing of numbers
High frequency word review
Know a number
Measuring and comparing
Fair Share & Fractions
Ten frames/Group by tens
Every fifth day there is a field trip summary sheet with writing and drawing prompts your student can use to document all of those wonderful homeschooling adventures!
Each quarter of the year has a summary (to be printed on card stock) that will help you track your progress and remember the best things about the quarter. (And plan a little celebration too!)
The planner is formatted to be top bound (lefty friendly!) and uses OpenDyslexic font for struggling readers.
In addition to the planner, you will only need dice, dominoes, and my Word Bots (free!) to complete all of the "Circle Skills" activities.
You can find the word bots here:
Math-Do a worksheet, assign practice time, or work on a new concept
Reading-Independent reading time, phonics work, list books here
Story Time-Read to me time, list books here
LA (Language Arts)-Do a worksheet, assign practice time, or work on a new concept
Computer-Watch an education clip, practice computer skills, play a game
Notebook-From art, to science, to new concepts...this category is all about journaling
Bin-From Montessori bins to cooperative games, this category is for independent and cooperative learning activities.
Activity-Is is co-op day? Swim class? Time for a hike? Art project or Science experiment?