This FREE student planner has been created to help homeschooled students to plan, or keep a record of, their daily work. It’s also a fantastic way to help older students take responsibility for their independent work.
We created this FREE planner to help children stay motivated, and encourage punctuality, diligence, order and attentiveness in their education.
The checklist covers every subject that the student is required to do every day in a Charlotte Mason homeschool, i.e. their daily instruction, along with how long each lesson should take, and the time frame within which all “daily instruction” must be completed.
“In the first place, there is a time-table, written out fairly, so that the child knows what he has to do and how long each lesson is to last. This idea of definitive work to be finished in a given time is valuable to the child, not only in training him in habits of order, but in diligence; he learns that one time is not “as good as another”; that there is no right time left for what is not done in its own time; and this knowledge alone does a great deal to secure the child’s attention to his work.” – Charlotte Mason, Vol. 1 p.142
The planner has “Time Frame” written across the top of the page, so you can set out for your child when “school-time” is for that day. If the work is not completed within the time set-out in my home, then there are consequences for my son. This teaches him to focus and be attentive to his work during those “school-hours”.
Charlotte Mason strongly recommends that lesson are kept short for young children,
“…the lessons are short, seldom more than twenty minutes in length for children under eight…” – Charlotte Mason, Vol. 1 p. 142
and so we have included a space for you to fill in how long each lesson takes. Timings will vary depending on your child’s age and personality.
We are using this planner/checklist ourselves alongside Year 2 of the Ambleside online curriculum, which adheres to the Charlotte Mason educational philosophy.
If you would like to see how we have adapted the Ambleside online curriculum to suit our family’s needs, CLICK HERE.
The subjects covered in their Daily Instruction, as outlined by the Ambleside Online curriculum, are:
- Foreign Language
- Exercise/ Physical activity
- Narration (at least one a day)
- Memorization & Recitation (In our home that means memorisation and recitation of Quran. In your home it may mean poetry, prose, Scripture or something else.)
The planner also includes a “Narration” extension page for students whose narrations are longer, and need more space than is given on the first page. These extension pages can be printed onto the back on the first page for more lengthy narrations. These pages also have a “date” marked on the top giving you the flexibility to use them separately if you wish, and not with the planner itself.
In addition to their “Daily Instruction”, your children may also have other lessons to complete. These subjects typically vary from day-to-day and are often subjects done as a family, such as history, nature study, artist study etc. In addition to our “Daily Instruction” planner I would recommend your students are given a simple spreadsheet of their timetable for these other important subjects,
In my own home, I have found this checklist to be an excellent way to motivate my son to complete his work diligently and finish within the time allowance set for him. The earlier he can complete his daily work, the more free time he has!
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I hope that this student planner helps your children to take responsibility for part of their education, and motivates them to be punctual, diligent, ordered and attentive in their education.
If you have any questions on how to use this planner/checklist with your family, please leave me a comment in the comments section below and I will do my best to answer it.
Peace and love,
Umm Awlaad26/12/2017 at 1:27 am (5 years ago)
What does narration mean?
Gemma Somauroo26/12/2017 at 12:12 pm (5 years ago)
It’s a term used by Charlotte Mason to mean “telling back”. For example, I would read a page to my son from his history book, and he would have to tell back, or narrate to me, in his own words what he remembers from that page. Then I wold write it down for him, or he would write it himself.