So I talked a little the other day about how I’m currently homeschooling both of my kids this year. My homeschooling methods have gone through a bit of an evolution as I originally started a little Waldorf-y with a strong emphasis on Montessori, along with a brief flirtation with the idea of unschooling. But in the end, or at least at this point in our learning, it has been my children who have made the final decision. They did best (and outright requested) a structured day with scheduled times for learning, even asking for worksheets and math drills. Who would have thought? But it’s worked well with my Type-A innate desire to be organized and planned at all times. I spend a great deal of time looking up lesson plans and organizing them into a logical order, and with that in mind, I decided that I needed a master lesson plan book to keep everything straight. After all, if my children are trying to organize themselves, the least I could do is present them as a good example.
Of course, in my long search for a good lesson plan book online, nothing was exactly the way I envisioned it. I looked through apps and online planners, browsed through organizational journals and so on. Finally, through my Pinterest page, I came upon a Lesson Planning book that looked to be right about what I was looking for. The problem? It wasn’t offered for download and only provided a brief snapshot. (Here is the link, full of great organizational teacher tips if you want to take a look!).
That’s all I needed though, as ideas and modifications quickly brought forth the outline I was looking for. I printed it out, laminated the front and back sheet, and took it to Staples. They spiral bound it for $4. Now, I have everything in one place, and I enjoy myself much more while making out plans and organizing lessons. And today, I want to offer you my free lesson plan book to use for your own planning!
Here’s how I structured my book, and there are several ways you can use it. First, you can choose whether to download it as a Word document (which you can then edit) or as a PDF. Each subject I changed to the generic header “subject 1, 2, 3” etc, but in Word, you can edit that to your own curriculum. Underneath is blank, except for a slot where I record the time we work on our lessons. If you want to change this, work in the Monday column first (which is where the spacing occurs) and then copy/paste into the rest of the days.
When I print these out, I print all the Monday pages first, then put them back in to be printed with the Thursday sheets on the other side. The “Notes” page can be a back for the Weekly Page, if you so desire. But that’s just my method. Use whatever works for you in whatever way you like! :
Here is the lesson plan in the WORD format: Free Lesson Plan Book – mellieblossom
and the PDF format: Free Lesson Plan Book – mellieblossom
Here are the Week pages, which basically just list the week that the lesson plans are for. If you choose to print this, just backspace the date I have and put in whatever you’d like it to say, then print. This is only in a Word format, as weeks obviously change and need to be edited. Lesson Plan Week Sheet
If you’re making a whole book, you might like a cover sheet as well. Feel free to download my cover sheet and modify it to whatever you’d like it to say.
Cover sheet – Word Format: Lesson Plan Cover – mellieblossom
Cover sheet – PDF Format: Lesson Plan Cover – mellieblossom
My own method of using this (because I am a homeschooler, and our days sometimes don’t match the plan), is that I write out the intended lesson plan for the subject in pencil. Once we finish them, I erase the pencil and re-write it in ink so that it is permanent. This will also help me with any record keeping that I may need to provide in the future.
After I am done modifying my Word document, I save it as a PDF. To do this (and depending on your version of Word), when you are done modifying, go to “save as” and then underneath where you name it, it says “save type as”, just press the arrow and select “PDF”.
Feel free to modify this and use it any way that works for you for your own personal use. I hope that it makes lesson planning easier! And I’d love to hear how it works out for you, too.
~ Mellie ★