I like to set up our yearly plans in a traditional planner form, but I don’t want to have to handwrite it all. (My kids appreciate it when I don’t because they can actually read the forms when I type them!) I like to have a weekly plan for each of the kids and a daily “assignment sheet” for each of them as well.
I needed a template that would work with my planning method so that I could just “fill in the blanks” and have all the formatting and such the same from day-to-day and week-to-week. I didn’t find any ready made template that met my own requirements, made in iWork documents, specifically. I refuse, refuse, refuse to use microsoft cr*p. I just refuse. (You know, just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should! Just because I CAN use microsoft cr*p on my Mac doesn’t mean I should!)
So, with lots of help from Chief, I made a couple of templates. I will make these available (gratis) to anyone who wants to use them. The weekly lesson planner pages have been created in Numbers and the daily page has been created in Pages. Each Daily Template contains 5 days in one template and the Weekly Template is 2 pages for one week. These are to be printed on standard 8.5 X 11 sheets and you can punch holes in them to put them in a binder or you can just put them in a folder or whatever makes sense to you. You can fill in all the information right on the computer and print as you go or you can print them blank and handwrite the assignments.
I only have spaces for 5 subjects because I put all of my English/Grammar type things in one space, all of my History-Geography/Literature in another and some classes, the ones we only do once or twice a week, will share spaces with others of similar frequency. This could be easily modified for any number of classes, however. Just insert rows and resize accordingly then you would save it again by going under “File” and then find “Save as Template” in your drop down menu. Before doing this, you can actually fill in the subjects and anything else that would repeat each day so that you don’t have to type the same things over and over. Please note that if you get these Templates and want to modify them, I cannot help you with that. I don’t have time to give tutorials on Pages and Numbers templates. You will just have to use the “trial and error” method, but at least it’s a start, right?
Here are some screenshots of the basic forms:
PagesDaily sample (PDF)
So, here’s the trick…. how to upload these so you iWorks users can download them….. Pages and Numbers are not document types supported for upload at WordPress. I can, of course, turn them into PDF’s for anyone who just wants to print them, but there are loads of other forms out there that are ready for printing and filling in by hand, so adding yet another one won’t (probably) be useful to anyone.
So, here’s what I’ll try: If you would like to try these iWork Templates, please leave a comment. You are required to leave your email address to comment (never, ever published or disclosed) and I can use that email address and send these forms attached in an email. If there is ANY interest at all, I will send these out as soon as possible, but if it turns out that there is a lot of interest (hey, ya never know!) I will email at least twice a week
Of course, these forms are ©ME!!! They are free for your own personal use, for your own homeschool. Yes, if you’re teaching at a coop and want to use the Daily Assignment Sheet for all of your students, you may. Please leave the small copyright notice in place (it is not in the same place on the actual Templates as it is on the screenshots above.) Thanks!
***As an alternative to using Pages or Numbers, you may consider using iCal. You can find a really good tutorial HERE. Whichever you find most useful, I wish you luck and success in your schooling!
EDITED TO ADD: THESE ARE MADE USING IWORK 09. IWORK 08 CANNOT OPEN THEM. IF YOU ARE RUNNING 08, PLEASE SPECIFY THAT IN YOUR COMMENT. I HAVE A SOLUTION FOR YOU, BUT I NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE RUNNING 08.
Solution completed. I now have these available as templates in both 08 and 09 formats. Please specify which version you would like me to send.
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