This is part 4 in a 7 part series. You will find all printables/forms located at the bottom of this post. All printables are in .docx files and can be edited using Microsoft Word or the free open source software called Open Office. This set of printables is from the Simple Magnolia set. Other sets will be released in the coming weeks including the Textured Vintage, Frooty Fun, and Crafty Mama sets. For an index of all posts in this series visit this link: Life Management Notebook.
You may have noticed that I skipped the section on finances. That is because it is a big post that requires a “pre-post” on how and why we use certain forms. I want to make sure you understand the hows and whys so I am taking my time with that one.
Education and Extra-Curricular Activities Section
I have (and do) have some of my children in public/gifted schools and I homeschool one. I find what works for each child. They are all different. Because of that I have printables that I use for homeschooling and some I use to keep track of my boys that go off to school. Some printables can be used for both. I’ll explain each below.
TIP: If your child is in public/private/gifted schools then you can request that the teacher send you a copy of his/her lesson plans at the beginning of each week. This helps you to keep up with what lessons are going on and when testing will be. I have found this to be invaluable in keeping my children accountable and succeeding in school. Communication with the teacher(s) is key.
for homeschool: I use this as an “official” report card to send to the state every year to show their progress. It also gives them a sense of how they are doing. Sometimes, certain kids need something tangible to see their progress.
for public/private/gifted school: I use this printable to keep a record of each report card that comes home. I can then file it in our binder with that child’s other pertinent information.
for homeschool: Notebooking pages are invaluable to use for narration exercises and reinforcing what the child has learned. The large square is for a drawing, photo, or other illustration while the lines are for the child to summarize in writing what they have learned. These pages can also be used for copy work.
for public/private/gifted school: These pages can be used for leisure or reinforcement of what the child is learning.
for homeschool: I am a firm believer that reading is the foundation to a life of success. Children should read more than they watching TV, play video games, and use other electronic devices. Keeping a reading list gives kids a goal and a glimpse of past accomplishments which builds confidence. For the parent/guardian, you have a detailed list of what the child has or has not read and whether or not additional activities were done. The notebooking pages would be great to add to any reading activities.
for public/private/gifted school: Ditto the same from under the homeschool list except I will add that some schools have their own list of recommended reading. You can either use that list as a guide or create your own. I tend to use a bit of their recommended list and add some of my own finds to create a new one. One place I use to find literature that I know both me and my boys will be happy with is Sonlight. I can’t say enough how much I have enjoyed their book selections. Another recent favorite is Moving Beyond the Page. NOTE: Neither of those are affiliate links.
for homeschool: For years I have used this form as a command central for our lesson planning. There are many options with this. I used it with Sonlight and a hodge podge of curriculum but it can most certainly be used for others. Simply add or delete categories and sections as needed.
for homeschool: I used this form after making lesson plans for the week. I would gather all of the boys’ lesson plans and figure out what I needed for them and compiled it onto this one list: timeline figures, project or experiment supplies, books, movies, etc. This helped me out so much!
for public/private/gifted school: I use this form for my kiddos in school too. If I see there is a project coming up or if I decide to supplement what they are learning with a movie or book then I can jot it down on here. It is still the central location for me to use for all of my boys.
for homeschool: We follow a mixture of Dave Ramseys program and Crown Financial to handle our finances. While going through some of these programs we realized just how much our children needed to learn these principles at an early age. That is when I developed this worksheet. You can find the complete post that explains how it works here: Teach Kids About Money.
for public/private/gifted school: Ditto for what is written above but you can take it one step further. Ask your child’s teacher to allow you to present a mini-workshop to the class and pass out these worksheets. I know of teachers who had “stores” set up where children could use “kid cash” that was earned for good behavior, good grades, improvement, etc and they would purchase things from the store. These budget worksheets would be an excellent addition to that.
for homeschool: These can be used for co-op home assignments as well as work the child is to do on his own.
for public/private/gifted school: I give these to my kids (if a planner isn’t provided) so that they can show responsibility by writing down their assignments and taking ownership of them.
for public/private/gifted school: Parent/Teacher Conferences are so rushed at times that it is difficult to remember what was or was not said. I have also forgotten to ask important questions at times. That is what gave me the idea to create this printable. I fill out certain things before the conference so that I don’t forget to address particular issues and I also use it as a record of what was said during that time.
Extra Curricular Activities:
For this portion I simply use materials given upon admission as references. Just use your 3 hole punch and insert the calendars and such.